Fourth of July – Leave the Fireworks to the Experts! And NO Shooting! Let’s be safe out there!

The City of Cleveland, Division of Police wishes to promote a safe and fun Fourth of July. In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks, noise and alcohol in public will be strictly enforced.

Fireworks, Celebratory Gunfire and Unnecessary Noise:

Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and to revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts. The discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks (except novelty or trick fireworks) is illegal in the City of Cleveland.

Celebratory gunfire is not only illegal, it is also extremely dangerous. “What goes up must come down,” firing weapons irresponsibly can cause death, serious injury and damage to property.  Anyone found to be discharging a firearm within city limits will be arrested.

Unnecessary noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited: “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.

City Parks and Metroparks:

The city’s parks and parks throughout the Cleveland Metroparks system are great places to enjoy holiday fun. Ordnances involving disorderly conduct, pets off leash, drug abuse, alcohol abuse (alcohol is not permitted in the parks), theft, and OVI offenses will be strictly enforced on city streets and throughout the parks.

Although no OVI checkpoints are scheduled for the holiday weekend, there will be an enhanced awareness regarding OVI offenses. If you plan to consume alcohol, choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transportation. Open container laws will be enforced throughout the city and within the parks system.