There's a reason why you don't see fireworks stands while traveling through Nashville. According to Metro code, fireworks and stands are prohibited throughout the county. You can, however, purchase or posses fireworks. The exception to the rule is when proper permits are received for public displays of fireworks.

What about other counties?

Fireworks laws vary from country to county across Middle Tennessee. See below where it's safe to shoot off fireworks.

Williamson: Fireworks may be used within county limits but not in Brentwood or Franklin. Fireworks cannot be used within 600 ft. of a church, hospital, school, asylum or within 200 ft. of a firework stand.

Rutherford: Fireworks may be used within county limits. In Murfreesboro, fireworks are allowed on on July 3-5 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Cheatham: Fireworks are allowed to be used in the county. In Kingston Springs, fireworks are prohibited after 10:30 p.m.

How to report

Citizens can report unlawful fireworks usage by calling Metro's non-emergency dispatch at 615-862-8600.

Safety

However, if you do set off fireworks in a legal location, the State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages the following safety tips:

  • Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.

  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

  • Wear eye protection.

  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.

  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.

  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

  • Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

  • Sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1,200° F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave or play with – so, don’t give a child a sparkler.

Where to watch

While you can't set off fireworks at home, here's a list of places to celebrate the Fourth of July, complete with fireworks and other activities.