Pyrotechnics go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July just like apple pie and barbecues.
But fire officials say common sense is key to keeping Independence Day celebrations fun and safe.
"There's a lot of stuff going on and people sometimes just forget about the safety of using fireworks," said Richland Deputy Fire Marshal Rich Shively. "People need to use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and where you're using them."
Fireworks sales start at noon Monday, and in areas without bans that also is when people are allowed to start lighting and discharging fireworks.
Officials, however, say the best way to have a safe holiday is to just sit back gazing up at the night sky and let the professionals do the work.
"If you have access to or can get to one of the big shows, that's the best way to go," Shively said.
In Kennewick, the annual River of Fire Festival in Columbia Park, sponsored by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, features a 25-minute show over the Columbia River.
Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Celebration ends with a booming, colorful display of fireworks over Gesa Stadium.
And in Oregon, there's the Boardman Thunder Fourth of July Celebration at Marina Park that culminates with a fireworks display at dusk.
But, for those who still want to get in on the action, there are rules to follow and some restrictions depending on the city or county.
Residents in Pasco, Franklin County, Kennewick and Prosser have just one simple rule to remember: No fireworks are allowed.
That means it's against the law to sell, possess, store or discharge fireworks in the cities or counties. In Pasco, being caught with fireworks can result in a $250 fine.
Fireworks are allowed in Richland, West Richland, Benton City and unincorporated parts of Benton County, but there are restrictions on what type of fireworks can be used.
A basic rule is that anything that leaves the ground is not legal, Shively said, which includes Roman Candles, bottle rockets and helicopter aerial spinners.
But ground spinners, mines or shells and smoke bombs or devices also are banned.
What is allowed are sparklers, cylindrical or cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels and flitter sparklers.
Officials say the best way to make sure to get fireworks that are legal is to buy them from the fireworks stands in the cities or county because they will only be allowed to sell authorized fireworks.
Walla Walla County doesn't have any restrictions on fireworks so what's allowed by state law is legal there.
Firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and rockets, which are legal to have and discharge on tribal lands, are illegal if taken off the reservations. M-80s and other explosive devices also are off-limits in the state.
Fireworks stands open at noon Monday and can operated until July 5. Fireworks can be discharged from noon to 11 p.m. Monday, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 5.
Sales are prohibited to anyone under 16.
Grandview has even stricter restrictions, allowing fireworks to be discharged only from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4, with sales running from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. July 4.
Shively said anyone setting off their own fireworks need to make sure they always have a hose handy, keep fireworks away from houses and shrubs and make sure kids don't have loose clothing on if they're using sparklers.
Putting spent fireworks in a bucket of water is a good way to ensure they're out, he added.
"Parents being responsible is one of the biggest things needed," Shively said. "They're the ones who are going to allow kids to do fireworks. So if they're going to be there, they have to watch the kids and make sure they're doing it right."
Last year, there were 1,236 fireworks-related emergencies in Washington, resulting in $5.6 million in property loss. Fireworks sparked 1,036 fires -- 838 were wildfires -- and were the cause of 200 injuries, according to statistics complied by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
In Benton County, officials last year reported 15 fireworks-related fires and one injury, while Franklin County had just two fires and one injury reported.
In Oregon, sales of fireworks started June 23 and run through July 26. Similar to Washington, Oregon state law bans the possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, said the Office of State Fire Marshal.
Offenders caught with illegal fireworks -- bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers -- can get slapped with a $500 fine and have their fireworks taken away.
Last year, 199 fireworks-related fires were reported in Oregon, resulting in more than $500,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, the fireworks-related fires results in one death, nine civilian injuries and eight firefighter injuries, Oregon officials said.