County of Marin - News Releases - Fourth of July Safety

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2023

Sparkle Responsibly: Fireworks are Illegal in Marin

Don’t let your guard down over the holiday weekend … Play it safe

San Rafael, CA – In Marin County, the threat of wildfire is year-round. Even a gently floating ember from a cookout or bonfire can ignite a deadly wildfire in Marin’s dry landscapes. Add in Independence Day fireworks and the threat is even more severe.

The Marin County Fire Department is urging all residents and visitors to remember that fireworks are illegal in Marin County, including those marketed as “safe and sane.” That prohibition is not just for the Fourth of July weekend – it’s year-round.

Confiscated fireworks placed on a table.Even if fireworks are labeled and marketed as 'safe and sane,' they are still illegal in Marin.

The fireworks ordinance will be enforced to reduce fire risk, protect natural resources and preserve personal safety. Marin residents are asked to spread the word about fire danger and – more importantly – resisting the urge to use fireworks locally. Many locals know and adhere to the law, but holiday visitors from other counties and other states might not be aware of local laws. Some people may be tempted to bring fireworks into Marin to add some spark to holiday celebrations, but taking the risk can put neighbors in danger and result in heavy fines.

“While we received a lot of rain earlier in the year, conditions are now dry and highly dangerous, especially when its windy,” said Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber. “You can still have a good time without letting your guard down. Public safety and protecting property have to be high on everyone's priority list.”

Marin County Fire, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and rangers from Marin County Parks will be monitoring for illegal fireworks use with a zero-tolerance policy. All illegal activities and behavior issues witnessed will be reported to law enforcement or fire agencies, and enforcement will take place whether or not an incident takes place on private property or at a County government property. To report fireworks, call the Sheriff’s non-emergency phone number, (415) 473-2311.

A misdemeanor offense of using or possessing fireworks in Marin could cost an offender $410 – that’s $100 for the base fine plus $310 in penalty assessments and surcharges. Details and penalties are laid out in the municipal code.

Even if temperatures are not high, beaches and pools are expected to be popular gathering spots during the holiday weekend. It could include shoreline excursions or poolside celebrations at which there can be lapses in water safety. Drowning continues to be a leading cause of injury and death for children ages 1-4.

Parents should always prioritize the safety of their children around all bodies of water, from the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay to wading pools. Adults should avoid distractions as they keep an eye on youngsters, especially when consuming alcoholic beverages. It is crucial to have life jackets and other floatation devices readily available.


Todd Overshiner
Battalion Chief
Marin County Fire Department

33 Castle Rock Ave.
Woodacre, CA 94973
(415) 473-6717
Email: Todd Overshiner
Marin County Fire website