Next week, we will be celebrating America's birthday with BBQ's, pool party's, and at night fireworks. If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks in Illinois, there are some laws you should be aware of.

In the state of Illinois, fireworks are illegal, and the "fireworks" that are legal aren't; really considered fireworks. According to Illinois Legal Aid Online, the following are the only legal fireworks that can be used on the 4th of July;

  • Sparklers
  • Smoke Devices (be careful cherry bombs are consider illegal)
  • Snappers
  • Trick matches
  • Snake or glow worm pellets

Just to name a few. That is for the state, make sure you check within your county, because fireworks are divided by federal, state, and local law. In Adams Co. it is illegal to own or set off any fireworks, penalties include a fine and can also lead to an arrest.

In the state of Missouri, according to usfireworks.biz, all forms of fireworks are legal, but the law could differ within your county.

If you are planning to use fireworks this 4th of July, just make sure that they are legal and be extra safe, especially when children are involved. You can watch several firework shows all over the Tri-States, click here for all the shows.