But from there, it is a bit of a free-for-all. Further complicating matters is that many fireworks are sold through poorly regulated pop-up retailers that set up shop in tents.
Anyone younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult in order to purchase fireworks. Three states - Illinois, Ohio and Vermont - only allow wire or wood stick sparkers or novelty items.
IL remains one of only four states to impose severe restrictions on the purchase and use of consumer fireworks. And some places have truly freaky regulations on the books.
The Fourth of July means fireworks, much to the delight of many. The following parks and recreation areas are fireworks free.
Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places. "With all the stand-alone fireworks-only superstores in the state of Florida, there shouldn't be a critter left alive", says Julie Heckman of the American Pyrotechnics Association, a trade group. "It's kind of wink-and-nod enforcement".
Some park visitors on Sunday may be exhausted from staying out to see the fireworks, but continuing the long tradition of fireworks over the lake is worth it, according to Leonard.
Franklin - Personal fireworks are not allowed in the city limits. "It's nice to have a membership that is nimble and ready to take on new opportunities".
The Canby Independence Day Celebration is bigger this year with more activities for children. But Heckman explains that it can also reduce deaths and injuries from fireworks. Unexpected behavior may be displayed by your pet while trying to escape from the loud noises including jumping a fence to find safety, running away or "flight from fright", destruction of yard or household items and biting.
State fire officials in California stress that they will be enforcing the laws against illegal fireworks. "They don't think about making certain there's no dry debris or clearance from the house or other buildings".
From 11 a.m.to 6 p.m., the Sellersburg Pool will celebrate the holiday with $1 hot dogs and ice cream. The organization is responsible for many veteran-related and patriotic events throughout the year.
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. Since then, New Jersey has loosened its restrictions to permit non-exploding, non-aerial fireworks, like sparklers, smoke bombs and party poppers. The most unsafe culprit?