July is right around the corner – and that means Independence Day celebrations across Middle Tennessee! Whether you’re curious about local fireworks laws, are looking for some fun events, or just need a refresher on fireworks safety, we’ve got you covered.
The Legal Stuff
Did you know what fireworks laws vary from county to county and even town to town? Here are some you need to know.
Fireworks may not be bought, sold, or set off in these areas, but there are plenty of professional fireworks displays available.
- Davidson County
- Spring Hill doesn’t allow fireworks to be sold within city limits, and only allows their use on July 4th from noon to 11:00 pm (click here to see the city ordinance)
- Nolensville doesn’t have a specific city law directed at fireworks, but there is a noise ordinance, so you don’t want to shoot anything off after 11:00 pm and get a noise complaint. Fireworks may be sold within the city limits.
- Columbia allows fireworks to be set off between 9:30 am and 10:30 pm.
- Thompson’s Station doesn’t have a city ordinance on fireworks, so you can use them at your discretion. Just be safe – and think about your neighbors before you shoot them off at 3:00 am 😉
Safe and fun
Fireworks are a huge part of any July 4th celebration, but it’s easy to overlook how dangerous they can be. Even small fireworks can cause big problems – severe burns, permanent eye damage, and even lost appendages are seen far too often this time of year. You don’t want to be in the ER!
The National Safety Council provides the following tips to minimize your risk of injury:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
- Never use illegal fireworks
Watch out for sparklers!
Did you know that sparklers burn at nearly 2,000 degrees? That’s hot enough to cause some serious damage. In fact, sparklers cause 25% of all fireworks-related injuries that result in ER visits.
They seem like an innocent, kid-friendly firework, but small children often drop them, resulting in severe burns on their feet or clothes getting ignited. Make sure your kids only use sparklers under your watchful eye and near a bucket of water to extinguish them.
Prefer to leave the fireworks to the professionals? Looking for some other family fun for the holiday? Here are some of the many Middle Tennessee Independence Day celebrations. Just click the name of the event for more info. Please note, if there is no date listed next to an event, it takes place on July 4th.
On to the events!
- Franklin on the Fourth in downtown Franklin
- Red, White, and Boom in Brentwood
- Westhaven Fireworks in Franklin (July 3)
- Let Freedom Sing in Nashville (This is the big one! Named one of the best free 4th of July celebrations in the United States!)
- Maury County Park Fourth of July Celebration in Columbia
- Parade at Riverwalk Park in Columbia
- Star Spangled Celebration – in Nolensville (June 29)
- Lawco Freedom Fest in Lawrenceburg (June 29)
- Here Comes the Boom in Lewisburg (July 3)
- Food Trucks and Fireworks in Columbia (July 2n)
- Children’s Bicycle Parade in Spring Hill
- Thunder Over Maury in Mount Pleasant (June 29th)
Have a safe and fun 4th of July in Middle Tennessee!
Looking for more details on fireworks laws or a city not listed? Check out these links for more info: