Local Consumer Fireworks Ordinance

Consumer fireworks are readily available in Michigan and have become a popular way to celebrate holidays. However, the use of consumer fireworks comes with great responsibility that should be taken seriously. Ypsilanti Township has restricted the use of fireworks to the absolute minimum allowed by state law. Despite those restrictions, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office receives a high volume of fireworks complaints on a regular basis. Most violations are for setting them off on days not permitted or after midnight.

Residents are respectfully asked to follow all safety rules and legal requirements when igniting fireworks in neighborhoods. Please be respectful of others in your neighborhood who may be adversely affected by long periods of loud explosions from fireworks displays.

Ypsilanti Township has the right to prohibit the use of fireworks on any day of the year except for:

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks permitted December 31st, 11:00am - 1:00am.
  • Memorial Day Fireworks permitted Saturday & Sunday preceding Memorial Day, 11:00am - 11:45pm. Fireworks are NOT allowed on Memorial Day (Monday).
  • Juneteenth Fireworks permitted June 19th, 11:00am - 11:45pm.
  • Independence Day Fireworks permitted June 29th -July 4th, 11:00am - 11:45pm.
  • Labor Day Fireworks permitted Saturday & Sunday preceding Labor Day, 11:00am - 11:45pm. Fireworks are NOT allowed on Labor Day (Monday).
The Township Board has received numerous complaints from residents concerning the disturbances caused to their families, persons suffering from PTSD, and pets when fireworks are ignited late at night and into the early morning during the 30 National holidays identified in the 2013 State Law. The Board believes that restricting fireworks during specified days and times to the State minimum, is in the best interest of the Township and its residents.

Unlawful use of fireworks can be reported to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office by calling (734) 994 - 2911 for non-emergency police service. Emergencies including injuries and fires due to fireworks explosions should be reported using 911. Violators are subject to a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each occurrence.

Fireworks Resolution in reference to Fireworks Ordinance.

Michigan Fireworks Safety Act Section 28.457 Local Ordinances

The Township legally cannot reduce days or hours regulated by the State. The Township can allow additional days, but do not. To express concern and need for change regarding this law, please contact the following representatives: