Before You Buy Those Fireworks in Maricopa County


… here’s a lesson in Arizona logic.

It is legal to purchase fireworks at your local Walmart or Costco or from one of those white tents that seem to spring up like weeds across the Valley Рthe Arizona Legislature says so. Unfortunately, every municipality in Maricopa County except Gilbert and Mesa has outlawed their use within their city limits.

So, if you like looking at fireworks inside a box, you’re in business. Otherwise, not so much.

While I fully understand the public safety, don’t want to start fires concept … do you really think the people stupid enough not to light fireworks off in a spot where there’s the possibility of catching their yard or house on fire are going to not set off fireworks when they’re readily available?

Seems like one of those situations where we’re punishing those with common sense in an effort to protect ourselves from ourselves.

Sooooo …

If you want to see fireworks, stick to one of the shows put on by a local municipality. Peoria will be having its annual fireworks show at the Peoria Sports Complex. And Glendale is having fireworks for the first time in several years, at the Westgate City Center.


Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at