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Where in Switzerland are fireworks banned on Swiss National Day?

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Where in Switzerland are fireworks banned on Swiss National Day?
Swiss National Day this Monday will look a little different because of fireworks bans in many locations. Photo by Yiran Yang on Unsplash

Swiss National Day this Tuesday will look a little different because of fireworks bans in many locations, but traditional displays will go ahead in some areas.

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Due to high temperatures and persisting drought, a number of cantons and municipalities have banned the traditional fireworks on their territory, extending the ban to open fires as well.

Certain Zurich municipalities have prohibited this practice as well, while further cantons earlier indicated they may also prohibit fireworks should they be unsafe. 

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Of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, some have issued total bans on open-air fires, some have issued bans covering parts of the canton, some are only permitting fires at Feuerstelle (campfire-style open-air fire pits), and some have only banned fires in forest areas.

Further below, you can see a list of locations where public fireworks displays are expected to go ahead as things stand.

Total bans

Vaud

Ban in parts of canton (municipalities)

Numerous Graubünden municipalities have banned fireworks on August 1st for the sake of nature and domestic and wild animals, including the following: Albula/Alvra, Bergün Filisur, Bever, Breil/Brigels, Celerina, Grüsch, Davos, Ilanz/Glion, Laax, La Punt Chamues-ch, Lantsch/Lenz, Lumnezia, Luzein, Madulain, Pontresina, Rhäzüns, S-chanf, Schiers, Scuol, Sils i. E./Segl, St. Moritz, Surses, Trun, Tujetsch, Val Müstair, and Vaz/Obervaz.

According to ZüriToday, Höri and Niederglatt will also have to do without fireworks on this year's National Day due to the heavy air traffic at Zurich Airport. Meanwhile, Geroldswil will not host an official open fire due to the hot weather but is yet to decide on a fireworks ban.

Conditional fire ban

In the cantons of Geneva and Vaud, there is a conditional fire ban in and near the forest. Danger level 2 applies in the canton of Fribourg, which means that fireworks are not permitted.

Practice care when lighting fires in and near forests

The following cantons urge everyone to practice care when lighting fires in and near forests: Basel-City, Basel-Country, Bern, Glarus, Lucerne, Neuchâtel , St. Gallen, Thurgau, Zurich, Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Jura, and Schaffhausen.

Fireworks permitted

At the current time, the following locations are still planning to go ahead with public fireworks displays, according to media Watson.

Appenzell Innerrhoden, Graubünden, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, and Zug.

You can also monitor the current risk situation online. Most cantons keep this information up to date.

Undecided (as of Friday)

While some Zurich municipalities will not feature fireworks at this year's August 1st celebrations, Zurich is yet to decide whether to ban fireworks on a cantonal level for this year.

Lucerne and Solothurn are also yet to decide on a cantonal ban.

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