Are fireworks legal in Iowa? See fireworks laws for central Iowa

Are fireworks legal in Iowa?  See fireworks laws for central Iowa


Before preparing your fireworks, check your city’s fireworks laws and regulations as they vary throughout the Des Moines metro.

Here you can see when and where you can light your own red, white and blue fireworks this year.

When can you buy fireworks in Iowa?

In Iowa, a permanent building can conduct fireworks sales between June 1 and July 8, and again from December 10 and January 3. Temporary structures may only conduct sales between June 13 and July 8.

Legislation passed in 2022 prohibits cities from banning the sale of fireworks. Cities must allow sales in areas designated for commercial or industrial use, even if the city prohibits the use of fireworks.

The state fire marshal’s website has an interactive map showing the locations of licensed fireworks retailers across the state at

When can you shoot off fireworks in Iowa?

Iowa laws only allow individuals to use or detonate consumer fireworks between June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3 of each year.

Fireworks may only be lit between these hours:

  • 9am and 10pm
  • July 4 and the following Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m
  • December 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., as well as the following Saturday and Sunday

Where can I set off fireworks in central Iowa?

Individual cities and counties may impose stricter regulations or ban fireworks entirely. Here’s where and when you can set off fireworks in the Des Moines metro:

  • Ankeny: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4
  • Bondurant: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM on July 3, 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM on July 4
  • Grimes: 9am to 10pm July 1-3, July 5-8 and 9am to 11pm July 4
  • Indianola: 9am to 10pm July 3-4
  • Norwalk: 4-10 p.m. July 2-3; 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM July 4
  • From Meter: 9am to 10pm June 1 to July 8; 9am to 11pm on July 4 and prior to and after Saturday-Sunday
  • Waukee: 9am to 11pm, July 3-4

Which cities in central Iowa ban the use of consumer fireworks?

  • Altoona
  • Ames
  • Clive (asterisks allowed)
  • Des Moines
  • Johnston
  • Pleasant hill
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines
  • Windsor Heights

What happens if I let off fireworks in a place where they are prohibited?

In cities that allow consumer fireworks, individuals are not allowed to use them on premises other than their own.

Crimes and fines in cities that ban consumer fireworks can range from $100-$625.

Des Moines City Council members recently voted to reduce the city’s fine from $625 to $200, hoping officers will be more likely to write citations. Extra police officers will be working during the holidays, especially around city parks that suffered thousands of dollars in damage last year, City Manager Scott Sanders said.

Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @VictoriaReynaR.