Although many surrounding counties allow the sale and restricted use of fireworks, Davidson County remains a fireworks-free area, at least by law and county ordinance. In the Nashville and Metro Nashville area, it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks, and it is also unlawful to set off fireworks without a permit in Davidson County. Fireworks stands are a stone's throw away from the county line, making purchasing private-use fireworks easily accessible. However, setting off fireworks on your property is prohibited if you live in Davidson County. If you receive a citation, it is considered a misdemeanor, and if convicted, you can face a fine of up to $50.
Recently city council member Dave Rosenburg attempted to amend the fireworks ordinance in time for Fourth of July celebrations proposing residents' use of fireworks on July 4th only between noon and 10:30 PM. On May 16th, 2023, the ordinance change was on the agenda. However, the motion was deferred.
Sources are linked for all fireworks information reported in this article. Please be advised to check your local laws before purchasing and using fireworks. Although the sources in this article are recent, things may change quickly for various reasons. If you have questions about buying or using fireworks, contact your local police or fire department.
Fireworks are Illegal in Davidson County
It is illegal for anyone to sell fireworks for personal use or to set off fireworks in Davidson County.
Rules in Nearby Counties
WILSON COUNTY: Fireworks sales are legal. The county typically allows the use of fireworks on personal property. Some areas may have restrictions.
- Lebanon—allows personal fireworks use from June 20th to July 5th between 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM only.
- Mt. Juliet—allows personal fireworks use from June 20th to July 5th between 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM only.
Williamson County: Fireworks are legal only in some unincorporated areas in Williamson County. Also, in some cities within the county, fireworks are permitted on specific dates. Contact your local fire or police department to verify the laws in your area.
- Franklin—Consumer fireworks, including sparklers and sky lanterns, are illegal in Franklin.
Sumner County: Generally, fireworks are allowed in the unincorporated areas of Sumner County from 8 AM to midnight July 1-4. However, some areas have different restrictions.
- Hendersonville—no permit required for fireworks during the following times: July 1-3 from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM, July 4th from 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM, and December 31st from 10:00 AM until January 1st, 1:00 AM.
- Gallatin—fireworks are allowed from July 1 - 3 from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM and July 4th from 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM.
As an alternative to home fireworks displays, Nashville and many surrounding cities host family-friendly 4th of July celebrations with professional fireworks shows.
Fireworks can be fun; however, taking precautions is critical for safety. When something goes wrong, it can lead to catastrophic dangers for people, property, pets, surrounding areas, wildlife, and the environment.
The Tennessee State Firemarshall's Office emphasizes that residents remember that fireworks mishaps pose significant risks for people and property. In 2021 175 fires were started by fireworks resulting in $1.23 million in property damage. 74% of fireworks-related injuries occurred from June 18th to July 18th, 2021. Most fireworks-related injuries involve hands and fingers.
Insurance policies may not cover injuries or damage caused by fireworks.
More fireworks safety tips:
- Purchase fireworks from reputable, permitted sellers.
- Follow all packaging instructions.
- Keep buckets of water or a working hose nearby in case of emergencies.
- Never aim fireworks at people, buildings, or animals.
- Maintain a safe distance from fireworks.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Properly dispose of fireworks after use.
A Little History
Fireworks and the 4th of July in America go together like sweet and tea in the South. Celebrating independence with fireworks dates back to 1777, when they were used to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that day, fireworks have become a 4th of July tradition!