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Wichita July 4th Fireworks

Jun 29

This weekend is the 4th of July (Independence Day) which commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The most common celebration? FIREWORKS! It is important to know the laws and regulations around fireworks as well as safety precautions to ensure a safe celebration with friends and family.

Wichita Fireworks Laws & Regulations

Which Fireworks Are Legal?

All fireworks legally purchased within the city limits are legal to shoot off in Wichita. Fireworks with sparks over six feet in the air and any fireworks labeled “shooting flaming balls” are not allowed.

Fines For Violations

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz stated, “If residents are caught shooting illegal fireworks or outside designated times, they will be given a $250 ticket plus court fees. Adults can be cited on behalf of juveniles, and property owners will be held responsible for violations on their property.”

When Can I Shoot Off Fireworks?

In Wichita, you can shoot fireworks off this year from June 27 – July 5, 10 AM to Midnight.

Where To See Professional Fireworks This Weekend

Professional Fireworks Celebrations This Weekend

The best bet is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Here are some fun events taking place in Wichita this weekend with fireworks celebrations:

Red, White & BOOM!

Sunday, July 4th, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

The Wichita Parks Foundation, Wichita Park & Recreation, and Riverfront Stadium will be hosting the 6th Annual Red, White & BOOM!

Riverfront Stadium will open its gates at 5:30 PM with free admission for all to enjoy live music, yard games, kid’s activities, and more. Concession stands will be open for participants to purchase some of their favorite ballpark foods and beverages, while they explore the stadium, enjoy the music, and participate in activities. Musical performances by:

Let Freedom Sing

Saturday, July 3, 6:30 PM

The Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host an Independence Day event on Saturday, July 3 featuring jet flyovers, skydivers, fireworks, the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra, and more! Events start at 6:30 PM and they are free and open to the public.

Safety Tips & More Information

Fireworks Safety Tips

Many Businesses Closed Monday

Many businesses will be closed Monday due to the national holiday.

HealthCore Clinic will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday and we resume regular hours on Tuesday, July 6th. If you have an urgent issue, you can call our after-hours number at (316) 262-6262.

Not Everyone Likes Fireworks

Noise from fireworks can cause people distress, especially as fireworks can sound like gunfire. The noise can also cause tinnitus and deafness, or aggravate a nervous condition. People who suffer from asthma can experience discomfort and epileptics can experience seizures following fireworks displays.

Fireworks & PTSD

We know that stress in general drives up symptoms for PTSD and most mental health conditions. So anyone with PTSD is going to be more on edge right now because we’re in a pandemic and other factors. Individuals with PTSD, as well as any combat veteran regardless of their PTSD status, are more likely to be triggered or respond to this kind of stimuli. In a combat scenario, you’re expecting incoming fire and explosions that you have to be on guard for, which are often happening at night. Fireworks can serve as a very significant reminder of these experiences, PTSD or no, which can really impact people as a stressor. If you’re going to use fireworks, try to make sure it’s at predictable times in accordance with Wichita’s laws and regulations.

Fireworks & Pets

Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets⁠—and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost.

Keep your pet safely away from fireworks

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.

If you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.

If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help

There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. Speak with your vet in advance to make a plan.