Fireworks Safety

Millions of Americans will enjoy 4th of July celebrations.  There are many public displays while many will be using consumer fireworks.  Use this holiday celebration for your enjoyment and be safe!

The sale of fireworks in North Dakota is from June 27 to July 5th.   Retail hours in Valley City are limited to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The City of Valley City also has a fireworks ordinance which states the days of detonation or using your fireworks and is not the same as the state.  The times of use for Valley city are as follows:

July 1-3:  8 am until 11 pm

July 4th:  8 am until midnight and then past midnight on July 5 until 1:00 am

July 5th:  8 am until 11 pm

You must be 12 years of age to purchase fireworks in Valley City and all of North Dakota.

Bottle rockets are illegal to buy and sell in North Dakota.  The use, detonation, or explosion of bottle rockets and roman candles is prohibited in Valley City.  Thousands of injuries occur

from fireworks each year, mostly from carelessness.  Do not become complacent during

your time of entertainment.    Things can go bad in a hurry.  This can be the best of

times and this can be the worst of times. 

Supervision is critical.  Adults must take this responsibility seriously.  Be strict on the proper use of fireworks.  Alcohol and fireworks are a very dangerous combination.  Choose an open space to set off the fireworks.    Use a flat, heavy board on level ground with bricks to hold your aerial devices steady. 

  • Keep spectators at a safe distance:  40 ft for aerial fireworks. 
  • Have a bucket of water and a garden hose close by.
  • Have eye protection for those setting off the displays.
  • Wear clothing that will protect your skin. 
  • Use a barbecue lighter or a punk to light your fireworks.
  • Do not try to light dud fireworks that did not go off.
  • Do not alter fireworks, and do not detonate using cans or glass bottles.
  • Put all used fireworks in a garbage can and wet down with the water hose.
  • Do not put the garbage can in the garage for the night.

Your enjoyment for the 4th can be a good one if you use good safety practices.  There are many who wished they did because they are living with some very ugly scars.     PLEASE USE YOUR FIREWORKS SAFELY.

Scott Magnuson is the Fire Chief of the Valley City Fire Department.

Your Health is coordinated by City County Health District.

Martin Luther King Closure and Garbage Pick-Up

Transfer Station and Public Works Office will be Closed January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Monday’s garbage route will be picked up Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be picked up on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will follow the normal schedule.

Garbage Notice

Unfortunately this week has been tough on all of us. With working around the snow, sub zero temps and mechanical issues with one of our garbage truck yesterday and today, not all garbage will be able to be picked up this week even on the Wednesday and Thursday routes. If your garbage has not been picked up or you are afraid it won’t be, please feel free to bring your household garbage to the landfill today until 4pm and Friday from 8-3pm. You may also set it out next week for pick up on your regular day and any extra will not be charged.

New Year’s Eve Closure and Garbage Pick Up

The Public Works Office along with City Hall will be closed Friday December 31st, 2021 for New Year’s Eve. Friday’s garbage will not be picked up on Thursday this week. Customer’s with Friday garbage pick up have the option to haul it to the landfill Wednesday December 29th, Thursday December 30th between 8 and 4 or on Friday December 31st between 8-3 free of charge. Otherwise they can set it out at the curb next Friday January 8th, 2022 at no extra charge to them.

Holiday Closures and Garbage Plans

The Public Works Office will be closing at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 23rd and closed Friday December24thin observance of Christmas Holiday. Transfer Station will be closing at 11:30am on December 23rd and closed December 24th.Wednesday and Thursday’s garbage will be picked up Wednesday. Friday’s garbage will be picked up by noon on Thursday December 23rd.

Snow Removal

As the snow comes and goes please remember to clear the snow from around your garbage cans and dumpsters to make it easier on our crew to pick it up.

Holiday Schedule and Garbage pick up

City Hall, Public Works Office, and The Transfer Station will be closed Thursday Nov 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. Wednesday and Thursday garbage will be picked up on Wednesday. Friday garbage will follow regular pick up schedule

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Labor Day Schedule


The Public Works, City Hall offices and Transfer Station (landfill) will be closed on Monday, September 6th, for Labor Day. 

The Transfer Station will also be closed on Saturday, September 4th.

Monday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, Sept. 7th. Tuesday route will be picked up on Wednesday Sept. 8th. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday routes will follow regular pick up schedule.

Garbage should be put out by 7:00 AM.

Scheduled Power outage Friday July 23rd

Friday July 23rd VCPW has scheduled power outage in the Sheyenne Circle, Websters Subdivision, and Sunrise drive areas. The outage will last around 2 hours.

Owners have already been notified.