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Understanding Firework Regulations and Celebrating Independence Day in Illinois

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As the Fourth of July approaches, many people look forward to celebrating with fireworks, alongside the traditional grilling of hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats. However, it’s crucial to be aware of the legalities surrounding fireworks in Illinois, considering federal regulations, state laws, and local ordinances.

Here’s what you need to know about Independence Day, fireworks, and their usage as you approach the Fourth of July in Illinois:

When is Independence Day 2023? Independence Day falls on a Tuesday in 2023.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? On July 2, 1776, Congress voted in favor of American independence from Great Britain, although revisions to the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson in consultation with John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, William Livingston, and Roger Sherman didn’t occur until July 4, 1776.

Why are fireworks a part of Fourth of July celebrations? Fireworks have long been a symbolic element of Fourth of July celebrations, signifying national pride and patriotism. They originated in China in the 12th century and gained popularity among European monarchs in the 15th century as a way to commemorate national triumphs, peace restoration, and royal birthdays. Fireworks have been an integral part of Independence Day in the United States since its inaugural celebration in 1777.

Are fireworks legal in Illinois? While certain fireworks are legal in Illinois, their usage is restricted based on the amount of explosive material they contain.

On a federal level, devices such as cherry bombs, M-80s, M-100s, quarter sticks, silver salutes, and similar items are considered illegal. These devices surpass the limits for consumer fireworks established by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and are banned in many states.

According to Illinois law, most consumer fireworks are illegal, even though they can be purchased in neighboring states like Indiana or Iowa. The state law does not classify items containing less than 25 hundredths grains of explosive mixture as fireworks, making lower-level products legal.

It’s important for residents to check their local city ordinances to ensure compliance, as certain items may be banned. For example, all fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal within Chicago city limits.

List of illegal fireworks in Illinois:

  • Buzz bombs
  • Bottle rockets
  • Chasers
  • Firecrackers
  • Handheld fireworks
  • Helicopters
  • Missiles
  • Pinwheels
  • Planes
  • Roman candles
  • Skyrockets
  • Torpedoes

List of legal fireworks in Illinois: These products are mostly novelty items:

  • “Auto burglar alarms”
  • “Booby traps”
  • “Cigarette loads”
  • Glow worm pellets
  • “Party poppers”
  • Smoke devices
  • Snake pellets
  • “Snappers”
  • Sparklers
  • Toy canes, guns, and pistols using paper or plastic caps meeting the less than 25 hundredths grains requirement
  • “Trick matches”

Where to watch fireworks near you in 2023: Several locations will host fireworks shows around the Fourth of July, although not all displays will take place on Independence Day itself, considering the holiday falls on a Tuesday. Visit pjstar.com to find out where you can enjoy a fireworks show near you.

It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the regulations and restrictions to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration of Independence Day in Illinois.

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