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Fireworks in Skagit County

Skagit County regulates fireworks within the unincorporated portions of the county, i.e., outside the boundaries of the cities and towns. The Washington State Patrol maintains a list of local fireworks bans or restricted sales and use.

Public Fireworks Displays
Skagit County encourages you to view a public fireworks display in Skagit County or around the state. The Skagit County Fire Marshal issues permits for public displays in unincorporated Skagit County.

Legal and Illegal Fireworks
In unincorporated Skagit County, only fireworks allowed by state law are allowed. Fireworks are illegal on state forestlands and in most parks.

lanternSky lanterns are prohibited in unincorporated Skagit County by SCC 15.04.030. “Sky Lantern” means any sky candles, fire balloons and other airborne lanterns made of paper or other combustible material with a wood frame containing a candle, fuel cell composed of waxy flammable material or other open flame which serves as a heat source to heat the air inside the device to cause it to lift into the air.

Sale of Fireworks
Fireworks may only be sold during the dates and times set by the State Fire Protection Bureau. The Sheriff may seize fireworks offered or exposed for sale in violation of this chapter, and a violation is a misdemeanor. More rules on fireworks stands are available from the State Fire Marshal.

Discharge of Fireworks
In unincorporated Skagit County, it is illegal to discharge fireworks except during the following dates and times:

Date Discharge Legal Between
June 28 Noon–11 p.m.
June 29 – July 3 9 a.m.–11 p.m.
July 4 9 a.m.–Midnight
July 5 9 a.m.–11 p.m.
December 31 6 p.m.–1 a.m.

General Safety Tips

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Fireworks should be used only with extreme caution.
  • Older children should be closely supervised, and younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks. 

More educational information on fireworks is available from the State Fire Marshal. For more information, contact Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Bonnie LaCount at 360-416-1842.