Fireworks are illegal citywide. They pose a high risk of starting fires. Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Panoramic Way will be closed to non-residents.
Help keep our community safe this holiday weekend by not using fireworks within the city, especially in the Berkeley hills.
Fireworks remain illegal in Berkeley and many nearby communities and they can cause severe injuries and start fires.
These risks are especially worrisome in the Berkeley hills, where fires can ignite and spread quickly.
Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Panoramic Way closed to non-residents
To lower fire risk and allow quick access for emergency vehicles, Grizzly Peak Boulevard will be closed between Centennial Drive and Skyline Boulevard to all traffic except residents traveling to and from their homes and delivery vehicles.
Grizzly Peak closures will start Tuesday, July 4 at 5:00 a.m. and continue through Wednesday, July 5 until 5:00 a.m. City personnel will not allow traffic past these points unless people can show that they live on Grizzly Peak Boulevard or in the immediate area. Traffic posts will be in place to prevent through traffic at:
- Centennial Drive between Stadium Rim Way and Grizzly Peak Boulevard
- Lomas Cantadas and Grizzly Peak Boulevard
- South Park and Grizzly Peak Boulevard
- Claremont Avenue, Fish Ranch Road, and Grizzly Peak Boulevard
- Skyline Boulevard and Grizzly Peak Boulevard
A similar closure will also take place on Panoramic Way at Prospect Street, which will be closed to non-residents on Tuesday, July 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
No stopping will be allowed along Grizzly Peak, where all turnouts will be closed. The Lawrence Hall of Science and UC Botanical Gardens will also be closed.
All closures are coordinated in partnership with UC Berkeley, the City of Oakland, the East Bay Regional Park District, and Alameda County.
Fireworks illegal throughout Berkeley
Fireworks – including those marketed as "safe and sane" – are not allowed in Berkeley. Nor are they allowed in East Bay Regional Parks, which includes the nearby Tilden Regional Park and McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.
You may be liable for fires, injuries, and property damage caused by your fireworks. If you have or find fireworks, give them to personnel at any Berkeley Fire Station for safe disposal.
If you see fireworks being discharged, please report them to Berkeley Police non-emergency dispatch at (510) 981-5900.
Since the City will not host a festival or fireworks show this year at the Berkeley Waterfront, look for other fun and meaningful ways to spend the holiday.
Celebrate safely – for yourself and our community.
Safely dispose of fireworks at any Berkeley Fire Station