While Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day may not be considered "fireworks holidays" by everyone, both are included on the list of national holidays for which the use of these colorful explosives is expressly permitted by state law.
Under Michigan's controversial new fireworks law, citizens can ignite, discharge and use consumer fireworks the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. The state recognizes 10 national holidays in all.
The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
The 10 national holidays recognized by the law include:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President's Day or Washington's Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Although many state residents and city leaders — including those in Rochester and Rochester Hills — have expressed frustration with the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, the law has not been repealed to date. It was designed to increase revenue to the state and encourage citizens to buy consumer fireworks in Michigan rather than in neighboring states.
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