Just this year, Iowa ended a ban on fireworks that’s been in place since 1938.
But there are still many states that prefer public displays and people using novelty items rather than having residents launch fireworks off the ground.
Here’s a breakdown of how much freedom states give the general population.
States with outright bans
Delaware: The state prevents the sale of everything from fireworks to sparklers and Roman candles to fire balloons.
Massachusetts: It is illegal for private citizens to use, possess or sell fireworks in Massachusetts, or to purchase them legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state.
Ohio: Fireworks can be bought there by consumers but must be transported out of state within 48 hours. Fireworks cannot be used there, but novelty items are OK.
Local ordinances: Even in states where fireworks are allowed, local ordinances can also limit their use. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, consumer fireworks can only be fired on a national holiday and its preceding and following days.
Wisconsin: A permit is required to use firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars. Small sparklers, toy snakes, smoke bombs and other items, such as novelty devices that spin on the ground, don’t require a permit.
Many states prohibit fireworks, firecrackers and roman candles but allow several types of novelty items. Factors like location and time of year can also make a difference.
States with limited bans include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and Washington.
Many states allow certain types of fireworks for residents. Among the least restrictive are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The American Pyrotechnics Association tracks state laws, but updates can occur. Visit the fireworks advocacy group’s listing for states at www.americanpyro.com/state-law-directory.