Fireworks can be an exciting way to celebrate special holidays, but all firework use should be treated with respect and care. Consider viewing our professional fireworks display on the 4th of July in place of lighting personal fireworks.

In Utah, some fireworks are illegal. Generally, if they are sold in Utah, they are legal to use in Utah. If you could not purchase the firework in Utah, it is not legal to light that firework in Utah at any time. Click Here for a list of "dangerous explosives" that are prohibited for sale or use in the State of Utah.

When conditions make the risk of wildfire extremely high, many areas will not allow firework use of any kind. These areas include the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas in Cedar City (interactive map here or pdf map); public and private lands in Unincorporated parts of Iron County, below are the only places in Cedar City we recommend lighting fireworks and remember fireworks are never allowed on US Forest Service, BLM, or National Park administered lands.

Cedar City's 4th of July Firework Show:

Pending any unforeseen circumstances, Cedar City Fire Department provides a safe way for residents to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July at the Cedar City Airport with a firework show beginning after dark (usually around 10:00 pm).  Although fireworks are legal in areas of Cedar City, the Cedar City Fire Department greatly discourages personal firework use as it can be life-threatening in a variety of ways.  Any liability or repercussions that come with accidentally igniting structures, vegetation, etc. will belong to the person who was using the fireworks. Our advice is to leave it to the professionals or use a designated location in Cedar City if you choose to use personal fireworks. Click the map below to view the prohibited firework areas in red and suggested areas in green for firework discharge:

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Recommended Use Locations within Cedar City Limits (ordinance 17-18(F))

All Classifications of fireworks that are permitted by State law may be used at times prescribed by state law. Recommended places to discharge fireworks include: 

  • the South parking lot of Cedar High School (703 W 600 S, Cedar City)
  • the parking lot at the Bicentennial Softball Complex (661 W 2045 N, Cedar City)
  • The street between Bicentennial Soccer Complex parking lots. (The street will be closed to traffic for the discharge dates.)
  • the Iron Springs Elementary parking lot (235 N 4050 W, Cedar City)
  • the Canyon View High School parking lot (166 W 1925 N, Cedar City)
  • the Aquatic Center parking lot (2090 W Royal Hunte Dr, Cedar City)

At each of the recommended locations, there will be a marked dumpster provided by Cedar City to properly and safely dispose of personal fireworks.

Discharge times and dates:

Between the hours of 11 am and 11 pm except as noted:

  • July 2 – July 5 (July 4th hours extended to midnight)
  • July 22 – 25 (July 24th hours extended to midnight)
  • December 31 (11 am – 1 am Jan. 1)
  • Chinese New Year’s Eve (11 am – 1 am the following day)

Firework Sale Dates:

Class "C" fireworks can be sold on the following dates:

  • June 24th - July 25th
  • December 29th - 31st
  • Two days before & on Chinese New Year's Eve

Safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them! (WUI defined areas and Unincorporated areas of Iron County)
  • Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water). Soak spent fireworks in water for 24 hours, away from other combustibles, before disposal.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. DO NOT try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water) fireworks
  • Use common sense when using fireworks. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks. The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a "designated" person light fireworks.
  • Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • DO NOT ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

For additional information visit The Utah State Fire Marshal website.