Independence Day is only recognized nationally as a one-day holiday on July 4. Pierce County allows people to discharge in unincorporated areas a total of 108 hours during an eight-day period. It is difficult to understand why some people need eight days to celebrate a one-day holiday.
Maybe it is time for the Pierce County Council members to listen to residents’ complaints about discharging fireworks and review the steps taken by neighboring counties.
King County allows fireworks to be discharged in unincorporated areas only on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight. In 2011, Thurston County voters approved a ban prohibiting the sale and discharge of all fireworks in 2013.
If the County Council members are reluctant to change the law, let the voters decide the issue.