What to know about Fourth of July fireworks in SLO County


Fourth of July fireworks are on sale in the few places throughout San Luis Obispo County where it is legal to use them, and they must be the state-regulated “safe and sane” variety.

Those are the only kind legal to sell, purchase and use within the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, and the communities of Oceano, San Miguel and Templeton.

Fireworks are prohibited in all other areas of the county, and anyone found lighting or possessing them will be cited and fined, according to local law enforcement.

Fireworks went on sale in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano last Thursday and can be purchased through July 5 at noon.

In San Miguel and Templeton, residents were able to buy fireworks starting Saturday and can do so through July 4. Fireworks purchased in a community are intended to be used in that community, said Templeton fire Chief Jim Langborg.

Also, numerous public fireworks shows and Fourth of July celebrations are planned around the county for residents to enjoy Wednesday.

They include:

 Arroyo Grande. 1 p.m. Village Band concert. Rotary Bandstand, Heritage Square Park. Refreshments for sale. 473-2250.

 Cambria. 10 a.m. Family fun all day followed by fireworks at dusk. Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd. 927-5010.

 Cayucos. 5 a.m. Sand-sculpture contest, pancake breakfast, parade, followed by fireworks at dusk at the pier. Downtown. 995-1200.

 Morro Bay. Noon. A day of activities, bike parade, followed by fireworks at dusk. Tidelands Park, south end of Embarcadero. 772-4467.

 Paso Robles. 11 a.m. Music, kids’ games, followed by fireworks at dusk. Barney Schwartz Park, 2970 Union Road. 237-9859.

 Pismo Beach. 10 a.m. Live music, family activities, followed by fireworks show. Pismo beach pier. 773-4382.

 San Luis Obispo. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, barbecue, carnival games. Mitchell Park. 781-7300.

 Templeton. 7 a.m. Pancake breakfast, parade, games. Food and beverages available. Community Park, 550 Crocker St. 434-1789.