Can I use fireworks in my city? The definitive guide to fireworks legality in the Kansas City metro

Are fireworks legal where you live? Here's everything you need to know. The Quick Guide below can help you navigate straight to your city's info.

Quick Guide:

MISSOURI

KANSAS

Our city-by-city breakdown of the metro area will make sure you know the laws of your community regarding the celebration of the 4th of July. 

PRO TIP: You can use the Quick Guide above to jump to your city, or you can use your browser's "find on page" feature using the ctrl+f shortcut to search for it!

COUNTIES

Johnson County: For those on the Kansas side, fireworks are illegal in all unincorporated areas of Johnson County, according to the county website.

Jackson County: In unincorporated Jackson County, Mo., it is illegal to possess fireworks -- which makes it pretty hard to shoot them off. There are certain exceptions for fireworks sale, though, which are outlined here.

Clay County: All municipalities have their own ordinances, please refer to the specific cities for more information.

Wyandotte County: (See KCK)

CITIES

The cities below are listed in alphabetical order. Missouri cities are listed first; Kansas cities follow.

BELTON

Legality: Yes! Fireworks can be sold by recognized civic groups starting June 28. You also cannot set off fireworks in Belton until June 28.

Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. with the exception of Sundays (noon at the earliest) and the 4th of July (midnight extension).

Restrictions: NO SALE POSSESSION OR USE of Bottle Rockets, Sky Rockets and/or Roman Candles

More: For more on fireworks in Belton, head to the city's website here.

BLUE SPRINGS

Legality: Yes! Fireworks are legal, and can be bought from any of the 15 licensed nonprofit organizations in Blue Springs.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 3, and 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. 

Restrictions: Anything sold at these retailers is approved by the city!

More: For more on fireworks in Blue Springs, head to the city's website here.

GLADSTONE

Legality: Not legal!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: The use, sale, possession, display, ignition or detonation of fireworks are not allowed!

More: For more on the no-tolerance policy in Gladstone, click here.

GRAIN VALLEY

Legality:  Yes! You can buy fireworks from two tents in the city, each benefiting non-profit organizations

Hours:  10 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30 through July 5

Restrictions: The tents only sell city-approved fireworks. Check the city's ordinances here.

More:  Visit the city website for more info.

GRANDVIEW

Legality: Not legal!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: You can buy fireworks in town, but need to sign a waiver stating you won’t shoot them off in the city.

More: For more on fireworks laws in Grandview, head to the city's website here.

INDEPENDENCE

Legality: Yes! You must be 16 to buy or use, but sales start June 23 and end July 5.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3-5. On July 4, the hours are extended to midnight. 

Restrictions: NO bottle rockets, aerial missiles or sparkler bombs

More: For more on fireworks in Independence, head to the city's website here.

KANSAS CITY, MO

Legality: Not legal!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: Celebratory gunfire is also prohibited.

More: For more on fireworks in Kansas City, head the city's website or see the FAQ here

LEE'S SUMMIT

Legality: Yes! Fireworks are legal July 2-4! 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2-3, then extended to 10 a.m. to midnight on the 4th of July.

Restrictions: You must have a permit! (They're free and you can find them here.) Also, no bottle rockets, missiles or roman candles.

More: For more on fireworks in Lee's Summit, head to the city's website here.

LIBERTY

Legality: Yes! Fireworks, both aerial and non-aerial are permitted.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3-4

Restrictions: Aerial fireworks must be used on plots of land three acres or more.

More: For more on fireworks in Liberty, head to the city's website here.

PARKVILLE

Legality: Sort of! No aerial fireworks, but ground devices can be used.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-5, with an extension to midnight on the 4th of July.

Restrictions: No aerial fireworks, and no fireworks on city property.

More: For more on fireworks in Parkville, head to the city's website here.

PECULIAR

Legality: Yes! Fireworks are legal July 1-4.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3, 10 a.m. and midnight on the Fourth of July.

Restrictions: No fireworks on public property or within the business district of the city. The sale, use and discharge of fireworks known as "bottle rockets" is prohibited within the city limits of Peculiar. 

More: For more on fireworks in Peculiar, the city's fireworks ordinance can be found here.

RAYMORE

Legality: Yes! Fireworks are legal!

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3, with an extension of 10 a.m. to midnight on the 4th of July.

Restrictions: No fireworks on public property, and no "aerial luminaire" fireworks (defined here).

More: For more on fireworks in Raymore, the city's fireworks ordinances can be found here.

RAYTOWN

Legality: Yes! Sold between 6 a.m. on June 29 and 10 p.m. on July 4.

Hours: July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Restrictions: You must obtain a permit (info here), fireworks are not allowed on public property and NO bottle rockets, missiles, sky lanterns or roman candles.

More: For more on fireworks in Raytown, head to their website.

RIVERSIDE

Legality: Yes! Fireworks are legal in Riverside with a few stipulations.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 26 to July 5, with extended hours of 10 a.m. to midnight July 3 and 4.

Restrictions: No bottle rockets! No shooting fireworks off near structures -- including churches, hospitals, schools, gas stations etc

More: For more on fireworks in Riverside, head to the city's website here.

DESOTO

Legality: No!

Hours: Never! 

Restrictions: Fireworks are not legal to use, sell or display in DeSoto. 

More: For more on fireworks in DeSoto, scroll to the bottom third of their city ordinance here.

KANSAS CITY, KS

Legality: Yes! Sales go from June 29 to July 4.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 2-4

Restrictions: NO bottle rockets, sky rockets, missiles or sky lanterns. NO using fireworks near fireworks stands (... And probably don't do that outside of KCK either). 

More: For more on fireworks in KCK, head to the city's fireworks ordinance here.

LAWRENCE

Legality: No! (Some exceptions)

Hours: Never! 

Restrictions: You can't use anything EXCEPT party poppers, snakes, snappers, glow worms, sparklers and smoke devices. Full list here

More: For more on fireworks in Lawrence, head to the city's website here.

LEAVENWORTH

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: No fireworks are permitted except certain "party" items sold at vendors within city limits. There is a public celebration and display planned at Merritt Lake.

More: For more on fireworks in Leavenworth, head to their website.

LENEXA

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: All fireworks are illegal EXCEPT certain ground devices like sparklers, smoke bombs and snappers.

More: For more on fireworks in Lenexa, head to the city's website here.

MERRIAM

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: No fireworks are allowed in Merriam.

More: For more on fireworks in Merriam, including safety tips, head to the city's website here.

MISSION

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: No fireworks are allowed to use, possess, sell or display in Mission EXCEPT public exhibitions, which require a permit.

More: For more on fireworks in Mission, head to the city's fireworks ordinance here.

MISSION HILLS

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: All fireworks are illegal EXCEPT sparklers, fountains, snakes and caps. You can get a permit for a public exhibition here.

More: For more on fireworks in Mission Hills, head to the city's website here.

OLATHE

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: Olathe city code prohibits sale, possession and use of all fireworks.

More: For more on fireworks in Olathe, head to the city's website here.

OVERLAND PARK

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: Allows snappers and toys guns with caps.

More: For more on fireworks in Overland Park, head to their website.

PRAIRIE VILLAGE

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: Prairie Village prohibits all firework use with the exception of toy paper caps containing no more than .25 grain of explosives.

More: For more on fireworks in Prairie Village, visit the city's website.

SHAWNEE

Legality: No!

Hours: Never!

Restrictions: All firework are prohibited in Shawnee EXCEPT snakes and caps. No sparklers.

More: For more on fireworks in Shawnee, head to their website.

SPRING HILL

Legality: Yes! Sale of fireworks runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 through July 5.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1-4

Restrictions: No fireworks in public areas or on public property.

More: For more on fireworks in Spring Hill, head to the city's website.

 

That's a wrap! Enjoy your holiday!

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