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New Texas Fireworks Laws for 2016

State lawmakers decided there needs to be more room in the calendar for Texas fireworks.

New for 2016, state residents can buy fireworks on Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21) and Memorial Day (May 30), in addition to New Year’s Day and July 4.

The Fine Print About the New Texas Fireworks Laws

The expansion of the fireworks calendar comes with a couple of caveats, though:

  • Each county has final say on whether to adopt these additional sales dates.
  • The law doesn’t affect cities that have year-round fireworks bans.

When You Can Buy Fireworks for the New Dates

Texas’ fireworks laws also specify when fireworks will be sold for these three new holidays:

  • Texas Independence Day – February 25 – March 2
  • San Jacinto Day – April 16 – April 21
  • Memorial Day – The Wednesday before the last Monday in May, ending at midnight on the last Monday.

If you really want to get in the nuts and bolts of the law, you can click here to read the Texas fireworks code.

Important note: Along with the new regulations, lawmakers axed Texas’ 2% fireworks tax.

Ready to Buy? Talk With Us

Wholesale season is in full swing, so our warehouse is constantly filling up and emptying out … inventory is always changing.

Currently, our website shows stock available for July 4th delivery, but we can work with you to put together an order that will be ready by the time you need it. Give us a call at 904-213-0615 to talk with us before you order.

And remember, if you place your order by February 29 you’ll be eligible for our 10% Early Order Discount. Click here to read more about our discount tiers for wholesale.

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43 Responses to New Texas Fireworks Laws for 2016

  1. Nicolas May 29, 2016 at 3:54 am #

    Is the store’s open on Memorial Day

    • Superior Fireworks May 29, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      Nicolas, we are closed this weekend and will reopen on Tuesday. Our wholesale operation is actually occupying our retail space for a couple more weeks, then our retail store will be fully available again June 20. If you need anything in the mean time, we encourage you to shop our retail fireworks website and place an order for pickup: http://www.superiorfireworks.com/retail

  2. Michael June 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    Is it legal to launch a mini rocket exponentially (with no gunpowder)

    • Superior Fireworks June 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

      As a disclaimer, we can’t offer specific legal advice. That said, if there’s no pyrotechnic compound in the item, then we don’t see how the fireworks law would apply. Things like model rockets are already exempt from the law, so it would probably depend on your exact product and usage.

  3. Brandon Kiefer July 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Can we use fireworks on July 3rd at private land or not? I own ranch outside of Leander, TX.

    • Superior Fireworks July 4, 2016 at 8:06 am #

      Brandon, from what we’ve read in the state law, it doesn’t seem like that would be an issue. However, we would always advise making sure your local government doesn’t have any additional rules that are more restrictive than the state law.

      Have a Happy Fourth of July!

  4. Carla Miller-Gill July 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Where can you shoot your own fireworks? I live in Mansfield don’t want to drive too far, any place close? We moved here from Wisconsin where you can shoot right outside your front door.

    • Superior Fireworks July 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      Carla, the Texas state law names a few specific locations where you can’t shoot fireworks. You cannot “explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization.” Other than that, it’s up to your local county or city government if they want to add additional restrictions. However, we cannot provide legal advice, and encourage you to double check with your local government to be sure of what’s allowed in your area.

  5. Andrea July 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    I live in El Paso Texas they sell fireworks every where dollar general wal-mart and Costco….my question is assuming they’re selling everywhere…can I pop them in my back yard?

    • Superior Fireworks July 4, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

      Andrea, the Texas state law says you cannot “explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization.” Other than that, it’s up to your local county or city government if they want to add additional restrictions. However, we cannot provide legal advice, and encourage you to double check with your local government to be sure of what’s allowed in your area. Happy Fourth of July!

  6. Ashley Gernaat July 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

    So I was told by a local firework seller (Red River County tx) that you are allowed to shoot off fireworks any day of the year now as long as there is not a burn ban in place. Is this true? We are doing some floating lanterns and fireworks at our wedding and it would be FANTASTIC if I dont have to wear my hot and heavy dress in July.

    • Superior Fireworks July 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

      That’s our understanding of the law as well. The only statewide restrictions are on when they can be sold, not when they can be used. I hope this helps!

  7. Jesus medina July 5, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    Where can I purchase fire works for an event July 15th on private property in Dallas texas

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2016 at 8:43 am #

      If you haven’t already purchased your fireworks, you won’t be able to get them from a local retail outlet since the retail sales window ended last night. Your only option at this point would be a wholesale distributor. Let us know if that’s something we can help you with: http://www.superiorfireworks.com/wholesale.

      • Nicolas July 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

        Where do the stands get the fireworks from

      • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

        It depends on who is running the stand. Large companies with many retail locations might import from China and store everything in their own warehouses until the selling season. Others buy from a wholesaler like us. We handle all of the product sourcing, importing, storage, transportation, and all of the related regulatory and compliance requirements. We have many customers all over the country that use us as a supplier, and we’re always happy to help! If you’re interested in running your own stand, we also have a great blog series with helpful information here: http://www.superiorfireworks.com/blog/category/running-a-fireworks-stand/.

  8. David Sissac July 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Can fireworks be set off on July 5th?

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Absolutely! Texas state law only limits when fireworks can be sold, not when they can be used. Of course, we always advise checking with your local government to be sure that they don’t have any additional restrictions.

  9. Lori Souter July 5, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    do u know if we cn legally set off our firewks after the 4th in Texas i ask this because my Gson was sick so we had to postpone and was planning to do them this saturday

    • Lori Souter July 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

      thanku! it was my job to find out all the necesary d’os don’ts and the when and where

    • Superior Fireworks July 6, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      To our knowledge, the state law does not restrict when fireworks can be used. It only limits when they can be sold. However, local cities and counties sometimes have ordinances that are more restrictive, so it’s best to check with them before your event. I hope you have a fun weekend with your fireworks!

  10. Steaphanie Regina Rouse July 6, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    A Fireworks Stand Owner posted that is against the law to set off fireworks in a city’s limits in Texas, is this true? I thought it was a local ordinance, not a State Law.

    • Superior Fireworks July 6, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      The state law doesn’t mention this, but your city ordinances might. There are a lot of cities that seem to have these types of rules in place, even prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks within a certain distance of the city limits. It would be best to check with both your city and county governments to see what they allow.

  11. mike meyer July 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    I need to buy some fireworks right now, in the first few days of August 2016. My son is proposing and wants us to launch some fireworks at the event. Where can I buy some good fireworks now?

    • Superior Fireworks July 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      Mike, you won’t be able to purchase fireworks from a local retail outlet since the retail sales season ended on July 4th. Your only option at this point would be a wholesale distributor. Let us know if that’s something we can help you with: http://www.superiorfireworks.com/wholesale. You can also call or email us to speak with someone about your needs at 904-213-0615 or sales@superiorfireworks.com.

  12. Anna Esquivel Ochoa September 5, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    We’re needing some fireworks for a quinceanera in Mexico on the 18th but we are leaving on the 9th of September I wanted to know if you could sell us just a few of the aerial fireworks you know just something to throw up before the ban was to start if you can help us out with this this would be great my name is Anna Ochoa my phone number is 620-314-0280. If could helps out that would be great!!

    • Superior Fireworks September 6, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      Anna, we wouldn’t be able to provide a small quantity like you’re describing, unfortunately. Currently, we can only ship fireworks in wholesale quantities, which means buying by the case with a $1,000 minimum order. Also, we can’t provide specific guidance on this, but would advise researching the rules for transporting fireworks internationally before attempting to take anything into Mexico.

  13. aj December 31, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    what kind of fireworks can dallas pop for new years.

    • Superior Fireworks December 31, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      AJ, you can read a summary of the Texas fireworks law on the American Pyrotechnic Association website: http://www.americanpyro.com/assets/docs/State_Laws/tx13.pdf. Within Dallas city limits, though, we don’t believe you’re allowed to shoot fireworks. However, we would advise checking with your local authorities for specific guidance.

  14. Chris June 27, 2017 at 1:19 am #

    Can I launch fireworks living in a unincorporated area?

    • Superior Fireworks June 27, 2017 at 9:42 am #

      In an unincorporated area, you would only be subject to the law of your county and the state. We aren’t aware of any county-level rules that are more restrictive than the state’s fireworks law, so you should be fine. We would encourage you to double check with your county to be sure.

  15. Alan July 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    Are there any stands in the Houston area that will be selling SFX fireworks during the July 2017 window?

    • Superior Fireworks July 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      Not yet, but we’d be happy to work with your favorite local fireworks stores to get the SFX brand in your area. Let them know you want SFX and have them call or email us!

  16. Emanuel guzman July 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Can you pop fireworks in 5th of july because i have a lot of them left

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      That shouldn’t be any problem at all. The state’s fireworks law only specifies dates when fireworks can be sold, not when they can be used. Have fun!

  17. Jason July 7, 2017 at 1:40 am #

    Where can I go to find out if Harris county has adopted the three new fireworks holidays for texas

    • Superior Fireworks July 7, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      We didn’t find any information readily available on the county website about this, but the fire marshal’s office should be able to give you the information you need: http://www.hcfmo.net/. If you’re interested in selling during one of those additional holidays, definitely let the county know.

  18. leonard palmertee July 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Do I have to have a licence to by fireworks from you for personnel use not to sell or distribute

    • Superior Fireworks July 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Not at all. We simply ask for a $1,000 minimum order. You can see more information about ordering wholesale on our website: http://www.superiorfireworks.com/wholesale/ordering-information

      • leonard palmertee July 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

        Thank you for your time can you send me a complete list of your products and there prices thanks again for your time you can email it to me

      • Superior Fireworks July 13, 2017 at 11:35 am #

        Will do!

  19. LARRY SCHULIN July 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    What if the deed restrictions of one’s HOA strictly prohibit discharge, yet county does not.

    • Superior Fireworks July 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

      You are certainly subject to the restrictions of your HOA and we would recommend working with your neighbors to change this rule. Shooting fireworks wouldn’t be illegal as far as we know, but your HOA probably has fines or other enforcement methods that would apply if the rules are violated.

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