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Los Altos Police Department
Friday July 1st, 2016 :: 03:24 p.m. PDT


Have a Safe 4th of July - Leave Fireworks to the Pros

With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, Los Altos Police would like to share some friendly tips and facts in order to keep you and your loved ones safe on Independence Day.


  • Be sure to follow Federal and State fireworks laws – fireworks are illegal in Santa Clara County, even those categorized Safe and Sane. Although some of us grew up with these types of fireworks, they are the biggest contributor to burn injuries to children and possession or use of them is a misdemeanor offense.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is from a distance – plan to attend an outdoor public display conducted by specially trained professionals (see list of local fireworks displays below).
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.
  • DO NOT experiment with any homemade fireworks, as serious injury, or death can occur.
  • Keep pets indoors, and away from fireworks.
  • Avoid drinking and driving, and take public transportation to a professional public display.


  • Sparklers burn at almost 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot enough to melt glass and metals!  Think twice before celebrating with one.
  • Every year, almost 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms with fireworks related injuries.
  • The estimated cost of related injuries exceeds $100 million annually.

If you observe fireworks being used in your neighborhood or other areas within the City, contact our 24-hour Police non-emergency line at (650) 947-2770. Please do not dial 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing an emergency. 

Please be safe and enjoy your Independence Day!

Local Fireworks Displays

Mountain View
Shoreline Amphitheatre
One Shoreline Amphitheatre Parkway
9:45 p.m.

San Jose
Rotary Downtown (Discovery Meadows)
180 Woz Way
9:00 p.m.

Almaden Lake Festival and Fireworks
15652 Almaden Expressway
9:30 p.m.

Municipal Stadium (San Jose Giants)
588 E. Alma Avenue
*Fireworks will begin at the end of the San Jose Giants Game

Santa Clara
Central Park Pavilion
909 Kiely Boulevard
9:30 p.m.

Milpitas Sports Center (Football Field)
1325 E Calaveras Boulevard
9:15 p.m.

Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Sports Complex
16500 Condit Road
9:30 p.m.


Los Altos Police Department
1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-947-2770

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