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Fourth of July Fireworks

Many organizations look for opportunities to celebrate within their communities, and Independence Day is great reason for celebration. After the parades, barbecues, games and activities, Independence Day typically concludes with fireworks. While many organizations host Independence Day events, we encourage you to leave the fireworks in the hands of professionals and attend local municipal fireworks displays.

If your organization is inclined to host a fireworks display on your property, secure the services of a qualified, insured professional fireworks contractor and take appropriate steps to transfer risk to the contractor. Refer to the SafeChurch Utilizing Outside Contractors fact sheet on for more detail. You should also comply with all local rules, permits and fire code regulations, and discuss with your insurance agent whether your organization is covered for fireworks displays. Homemade fireworks displays are strongly discouraged.

A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows a trend of increasing fireworks-related injuries. The report states that between 2006 and 2021, injuries with fireworks climbed 25% in the U.S. Last year alone, at least nine people died and an estimated 11,500 were injured in incidents involving fireworks. Those concerning statistics and many more can be found here, as reported by CPCS in their Fireworks Injuries & Deaths 2021 report.

By leaving fireworks in the hands of professionals, we hope you and those served by your organization have a wonderful, safe and joy-filled Independence Day holiday.

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