Celebrating the 4th of July in your multifamily community*

Celebrate the 4th of July at your multifamily community

More than any other holiday in the United States, the 4th of July is associated with fireworks. However, there are many ways to have a fun and exciting summer celebration without them. Stay on top of the situation by keeping your residents informed about all rules and regulations related to fireworks and then offering alternative ways to enjoy the day.

Have fun on the 4th while following the law

First – and most important – is to inform your residents of state and local laws regarding the purchase, ownership and use of fireworks. The American Pyrotechnics Association has put together a directory of the laws in every state, including details about both consumer and display fireworks. You can download and post your state’s information in the common areas of your community or include it in your resident newsletter or an email blast.

You need to also inform your residents of any community-specific rules regarding the use of fireworks. (Are fireworks allowed if residents follow state and local laws? If so, where can they be used safely? Are they banned entirely?) Because residents may also be hosting holiday gatherings, with or without fireworks, take this opportunity to remind them of related rules. For example, you can note your community’s quiet hours or the acceptable use of grills or other outdoor cooking appliances.

Three alternative ways to celebrate the 4th in your community

Some of your residents may have their own plans for the holiday, but others will appreciate it if you provide options that take the planning, cooking and decorating out of their hands. Here are three suggestions:

  1. Throw your own patriotic party on site and encourage residents to bring their friends and family. Serve hamburgers, hot dogs and Popsicles; decorate in red, white and blue; and provide music and entertainment for all ages.
  2. Provide residents with transportation to nearby 4th of July celebrations, such as a city fireworks display. You can either hire a van or bus or encourage local transportation services to offer a resident discount (possibly in return for promotion in your next newsletter).
  3. Run a contest. Suggest that residents decorate their doors or balconies with a 4th of July theme. Allow other residents to vote or randomly draw a winner. Prizes can include laundry tokens, carpet cleaning, or gift cards to local shops or restaurants. Contests like this also provide cross-promotional opportunities for local businesses, who could donate prizes in return for a mention in an email blast or newsletter.

The 4th of July is a time for summer fun and celebration. If you follow the rules, you and your residents are sure to enjoy this holiday with friends and family at your community.

*This blog post does not constitute legal advice. As such, you are encouraged to consult your own attorney to address any specific legal (or other) questions you may have related to information provided.

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