The Fourth of July is hands down my favorite holiday! I’m super excited to celebrate with friends and family. We’re having a big BBQ, complete with lots of cold drinks and fun yard games. Then, we’ll gather in the backyard where we have a perfect view of the city fireworks.

If you're celebrating, please stay safe and be mindful of the laws. There will be plenty of cops out looking for troublemakers. Don’t be the one who ends up with a DUI. And don't be the one that gets fined or jailed for breaking Minnesota's Fourth of July law.

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You could spend a year in jail or receive a massive fine if you violate this law. Read about that below. But first, here's a quick refresher on Minnesota's fireworks rules:

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Jingda Chen/Unsplash - CANVA

In Minnesota, sparklers, cones, tubes emitting sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers are the only legal things.

These are great for young children, but most people want to see big, bright explosions lighting up the night sky. Unfortunately, Minnesota residents are not allowed to use such fireworks.

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 Many people travel to Wisconsin to stock up on fireworks, but you'll regret it if you get caught bringing them back across state lines.

Nothing will ruin your holiday weekend like a trip to jail, so be aware that Minnesota has strict penalties for smuggling fireworks.

The law states: "Most violations are a misdemeanor for which a court can impose a sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Violations involving a large amount of fireworks (35 pounds gross container weight or more) can be punished as a gross misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both."

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