Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks over Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Photo by William Brawley, CC BY-NC 2.0.

This weekend marks the 4th of July, and the Law Library will be closed on Sunday, July 4th, and Monday, July 5th in recognition of the holiday.

One of the hallmarks of the 4th of July is celebratory fireworks. Georgia’s fireworks laws have undergone a massive shift in the past decade, starting when the sale of fireworks in Georgia was legalized in 2015. While many counties and cities in the Pacific Northwest are banning fireworks due to heat and drought, in Georgia there are a number of events planned that involve fireworks displays.

The Georgia Code regulates many aspects of when and where fireworks can be used; however, those statutes also indicate that local noise ordinances can place further limits on when you can use fireworks that cause noise. Most Georgia local codes are available in Municode, which makes it easy to look to see if any local ordinances limit when you can use fireworks over the weekend!

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