Fourth of July firework safety and City ordinance reminders

What’s happening: As we approach the 4th of July holiday in Mt. Pleasant, the City of Mt. Pleasant is reminding residents of firework safety and ordinances within the city limits.

When you can discharge fireworks: A person may only discharge or use consumer fireworks on private property June 29 through July 4 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Where you cannot discharge fireworks: Individuals should not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks, homemade fireworks, articles of pyrotechnics, or display fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without permission to do so. Violations shall be punishable with fines of $500 up to $1,000.

What are some important age and influence factors to remember: A minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks. Fireworks shall not be used while a person is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI. For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit

What additional safety tips does the City recommend: For those planning on discharging fireworks this July Fourth holiday, keep in mind the City regulations as stated above, and practice these safety tips:
1. Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
2. Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.
3. Wear protective clothing, including eyewear.
4. Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
5. Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.
6. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
7. The best way to protect your family is to avoid the use of fireworks at home entirely.

What City services will be closed due to the holiday: City offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Refuse and recycling pick-up will be delayed one day all week. Due to the Isabella County Material Recovery Facility being closed for asphalt repairs on July 7 and 8, there will be no city curbside recycling collection for residences on the regular Thursday route.
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