Billings Fireworks And The 2016 Area Closures

June 22, 2016


As we have done for the past 26 years, the Billings Fire Department plans to close public areas along the Rims as well as Zimmerman Park during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The City of Billings will also close Phipps Park as well.


The closures will include the public lands along the Rims from Main Street in the Heights, along the south side of Highway 3, to and including Zimmerman Park as well as Phipps Park. Closures will begin the morning of July 3rd (Sunday) at 06:00 and will remain in effect until the morning of July 5th  (Tuesday). Vehicle, bike, and pedestrian access is prohibited during this period.



The Billings, Montana City Code (BMCC) prohibits the sale, use, and possession of fireworks within the city limits. At this time, there is one public fireworks display planned for the Fourth of July in Billings located at Castle Rock Park in the Heights.


The sale, use, and possession of fireworks is legal in county areas outside the city limits. Use caution when using fireworks in rural areas, be aware of your surroundings, and obtain permission when entering private property.


If you plan to use fireworks, please exercise caution and observe the following safety measures:


  • Use fireworks outdoors only.

  • Always have water handy (hose or buckets of water).

  • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter them or combine them.

  • Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 20 minutes and soak the dud in a bucket of water).

  • Use fireworks in green areas away from dry grass, forests, and structures.

  • Children should be supervised by adults.

  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.

  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.

  • Observe local laws.

  • Use common sense when using fireworks.

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