Fireworks are as synonymous with the Fourth of July as the American flag and grilling out in the backyard.
The best show is town (and probably in the country, in fact) is just over the Potomac River on the National Mall. If you're interested in watching the display from the Arlington side of the river, check out our list of best spots to see the big show.
If you'd rather organize your own at-home pyrotechnic extravaganza, there are are few things the Arlington Police Department would like to pass along.
- "Fireworks that are projectiles, explode, emit flames or sparks to a distance greater than twelve (12) feet are prohibited by Arlington County. Individuals in possession of illegal fireworks could face prosecution."
- "If you intend to purchase fireworks, it is recommended that fireworks be purchased from licensed vendors in Arlington County; permitted vendors will only sell items that meet Arlington Fire Code requirements."
- Firecrackers, cherry bombs and skyrockets may seem harmless, but they are illegal. These are just a few examples of fireworks which may be purchased in other jurisdictions, but are illegal in Fairfax and Arlington counties. Anyone in possession of these types of fireworks can face hefty fines.
For firework safety tips, visit the Arlington County website.