The Fourth of July is all about freedom and fireworks.
In this day and age, it’s hard to think of a Fourth of July celebration without a nice picnic and a cool beverage, but one other thing also always has spectators exploding at the seams: fireworks.
While the county readies for the upcoming Independence Day holiday next Friday and firework stands continue to pop up all over the county and country, it’s also important to remember a few rules and regulations when it comes to experimenting with your own.
In Lebanon, an ordinance passed in February 2013 lifted a ban on shooting and selling fireworks inside the city limits. The ban stemmed back nearly a decade and was installed due to individuals shooting fireworks at police officers.
According to the ordinance, fireworks may only be sold and used within the city from June 20 through July 5 and Dec. 10 through Jan. 2.
The ordinance also states that it is illegal to shoot off fireworks between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., with the only exceptions being in the winter on Dec. 31 and Jan 1, when it is permissible to shoot fireworks “the two hours before and one hour after the start of the new year.”
In Mt. Juliet, the same dates and times apply and firework use is also allowed June 20 through July 5 and Dec. 10 through Jan. 2. They too are also prohibited between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. during the Fourth of July celebrations.
In Watertown, Mayor Mike Jennings said fireworks are allowed July 1-7 and that they can’t be shot past 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on the weekends.
In all cases, anyone buying fireworks must be 18 years or older.