Updated June 2022
Illegal Fireworks Remain Dangerous and Illegal
Illegal fireworks remain dangerous and illegal and can have unintended consequences including:
- Causing injuries or death
- Causing fires
- Causing respiratory distress
- Frightening adults and children
- Affecting Military Veterans
- Frightening and distressing animals/pets
- Disrupting sleep
Illegal fireworks cannot be legally used or sold anywhere in the State of California including the City of Gilroy. Illegal fireworks may be recognized by their very loud explosions and/or flying through the air or across the ground. Illegal fireworks include:
- Cherry Bombs
- Bottle Rockets
- Roman Candles
- Any aerial pyrotechnic (firework)
Please help protect our community by only using SAFE and SANE fireworks and only on designated days and in designated areas.
Dangerous and Illegal Firework Use May Lead to Fines and Imprisonment
Illegal firework use may lead to fines and imprisonment with administrative citations in the City of Gilroy starting at $1,000. Any subsequent violations will start at $2,000. Offenders may also be subject to criminal citations. Citations may be issued to the person setting off the fireworks or property owner or renter upon which property the fireworks are being set off.
Gilroy officers will be stepping up enforcement through the July 4th weekend including using drone footage to identify offending properties.
Reporting Illegal Firework Use
Gilroy residents may report firework violations at any time via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the non-emergency line at 408-846-0350. When reporting, please include the address and specific location of the violation with your report.
Please also provide as much detail as possible including:
- Exact location where fireworks are being used
- Name of offender(s) if known or description
- Type of fireworks (aerial fireworks, firecrackers, mortars, etc.)
- Date and time or usual times of occurrence
- Attach/upload photos or videos if possible
- Indicate whether you wish to be contacted or remain anonymous
Please note that email reporting is not monitored 24-hours a day. If you require a faster response, call our non-emergency line at 408-846-0350. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
**Please do not call 9-1-1 to report fireworks, unless it is an emergency.
Safe and Sane Fireworks
Safe and sane fireworks in Gilroy are ONLY allowed in designated areas and ONLY from: 9 AM Friday, July 1, 2022 through 10 PM Monday, July 4, 2022
Gilroy’s Annual Fireworks Show
One of the safest ways to celebrate the 4th of July and enjoy fireworks is through Gilroy's annual fireworks show. The show will take place on July 4, 2022, with the fireworks beginning around dusk at approximately 9:30 PM and originating from Gilroy High School located at 750 W 10th Street. Fireworks can be viewed from nearby neighborhoods and at Christmas Hill Park.
Thank you and have a safe and fun 4th of July!