COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

4th of July Spectacular Fireworks Shows and Safety

Published: 06/02/2020


Stephanie Gallegos

Recreation Supervisor


(951) 826-2015




Come celebrate our nation’s independence with The City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department! This free event displays a spectacular array of fireworks at two separate locations which include La Sierra Park (5215 La Sierra Ave.) and Ryan Bonaminio Park (5000 Tequesquite Ave). Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and refreshments. Spectators at Ryan Bonaminio Park will also be able to view the show from the comfort of their own vehicle. Access will not be permitted in La Sierra, Carlson Dog Park and Mt. Rubidoux all day on Sunday, July 4 after 7 a.m.


The City of Riverside is reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal within city limits, and anyone found using illegal fireworks is subject to a $1,000 fine. Riverside has been working for several years to reduce the usage of fireworks in the city. Fireworks cause injuries in adults and children, spark fires that can endanger firefighters and the public, create stress for veterans with PTSD, and terrify many animals.


During the 2020 July 4 season, the City of Riverside Fire and Police Departments received 1,156 calls for service due to reported firework activity which was an increase in call volume by 463 calls for service compared to 2019. The Fire Department responded to 18 fire service calls and a medical aid call was determined fireworks related. The Fireworks Task Force, which includes staff members from Fire, Police and Code Enforcement, issued 108 Administrative Citations and made various warnings to those in violation throughout the city. Approximately 893 pounds of fireworks were confiscated and dropped off at local fire stations for proper disposal.


The City of Riverside continually promotes an anti-fireworks message in hopes that residents will refrain from purchasing fireworks when they become available in neighboring counties shortly before the holiday. City officials have sent warning letters to people who have received citations and to addresses that were identified as fireworks sites by people who called the City’s 311 line. Residents can report illegal use of fireworks by either calling 311, using the mobile app or through the web. Any calls made afterhours will be directed to a non-emergency dispatcher to document information for follow-up. Calls to 311 regarding specific addresses where fireworks are being used can be made anonymously.


Non-Emergency Phone Numbers

Riverside Police Department: 951-354-2007

Call Center: 951-826-5311


Emergency Phone Number

Imminent Threats to Life or Property: 911


Additional information can be found at RiversideCA.gov/fire