Celebrate Fourth of July safely in Clackamas County

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A family sitting together at a picnic table for a Fourth of July barbecue in their backyard

In 2023, you can use legal fireworks in Clackamas County as part of your Fourth of July celebrations. We ask that you please use fireworks in a safe manner.  

Although fireworks are allowed this year, skipping them can limit the risk of fire and injury to your community. Here are some fun ways to enjoy the holiday without fireworks to protect our community from the dangers of fires.

  • Have a picnic 
  • Check-out a 4th of July parade
  • Watch a rodeo
  • Visit a park or a forest
  • Head to the movies
  • Take a swim in a community pool
  • Pick lavender
  • Plan an outdoor movie night
  • Use glow sticks, bubbles or bang on pots and pans instead of fireworks

If you do use fireworks, please follow safety tips from Clackamas Fire and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office

Clackamas Fire recommends celebrating responsibly with these fireworks safety tips:

  • Use only legal fireworks
  • Never allow children to ignite fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy
  • Keep a distance from the fireworks
  • Never try to re-light or pick up a “dud”
  • Use fireworks outdoors

Remember, fireworks use is not allowed at county and NCPRD parks and in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Please check with your city and other recreation areas for fireworks rules. 

And, if you’re heading out to a park or natural area, have a plan b in case areas are full. Thank you for doing your part to protect your community from devastating fires.