• Fireworks in Santa Maria

    May 25, 2021
    Fireworks in Santa Maria

    For this year’s Independence Day celebrations, Santa Maria will have “Safe and Sane” fireworks booths, no community fireworks show, and there will be an educational and enforcement campaign.
    Thursday, June 3rd, is the deadline for non-profit organizations to turn in completed booth applications. Sale of “Safe and Sane” fireworks from booths will begin at 12:00 noon on Monday, June 28th.
    The community fireworks show is cancelled. The City would have needed to sign a contract with a pyrotechnics vendor before the spring and pay about half the approximate $30,000 cost; at a time when health orders restricted the size of gatherings at outdoor public events due to COVID-19. Further, the City recognizes the inability to – just as in 2020 – rely upon donations for the fireworks show from businesses recovering from pandemic-induced closures, partial closures, or layoffs. Staff also tried to seek out alternatives (laser shows, drone shows, etc.), but the options are scarce in this region, cost prohibitive, and are fully booked for the Fourth of July.
    The City’s annual educational campaign consists of thousands of bilingual flyers, PSAs on radio and TV and aboard buses, social media, website, a partnership with County animal services, free yard signs indicating noise-sensitive residents live here, and more.
    Special fireworks enforcement consists of overtime teams of Police officers working several nights Citywide, and responding to reports from dispatchers who receive hundreds of fireworks-related calls.
    The 12-hour period on the Fourth of July from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. is the only time “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be used within the City Limits. Anyone caught using any fireworks on other days will be subject to a $1,000 fine.
    Questions may be directed to the Public Information Manager at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.