The Red, White, Blue Finale at Phantom Fireworks in Holden. Credit: Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Looking into making your own personal light show this Independence Day? In many Maine towns you can legally purchase and use fireworks as a part of your summer celebrations, as long as that town doesn’t have a rule against it.

The basic rules

  • It needs to be after 9 a.m. and before 10 p.m., except on New Year’s Eve, Independence Day and the weekends immediately before and after those holidays, and on those days you need to set them off before 12:30 a.m. the following day.
  • You must have permission from the property owner where you’re setting them off.
  • Only adults (over 21) can buy fireworks.
  • There are a few types of fireworks that are prohibited — missile-type rockets, helicopters and spinners, and sky-type and bottle rockets. (Details)

The places where you can’t do it

We went through the list from the Office of the State Fire Marshal of towns that have rules against either the use, or the use and sale of fireworks. To see if your town is in the list, press CTRL + F (or CMD + F on a Mac) and search for your town’s name.

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(Source: Office of the State Fire Marshal. Follow the link for more details about your town’s ordinance.)


Pattie Reaves

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