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Old 27.06.2012, 23:59
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4th of July Private Fireworks?

Hello! I am brand new to EF and was hoping someone out there could help us... we are having a BBQ at our apartment on the 4th of July in Zurich and plan to purchase fireworks, etc to set off near the lake with our friends... Is that even legal in Zurich? Where do we go to find out?

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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Search the EF and you will find--

buying fireworks
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Old 28.06.2012, 00:42
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

I believe that 4th of July celebrations are now banned, as one of the many measures to make life here uncomfortable for those from the US.

As for fireworks, if you're within 50km of a military airbase, then forget it, as July is always the month for night-time live-fire flight training.

You may get more attention than you bargained for - they'll think that the flashes from the ground are (Uncle) S.A.M.

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Old 28.06.2012, 00:49
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Thank you, that was helpful. I have had no problem finding places to buy them--my concern is, is it legal to shoot them off whenever we want? (I hear fireworks tonight for instance...) From the thread you recommended, it appears that it is not legal except for designated holidays and Uetliberg is "ok"? But that thread is from years ago...have the laws changed?

Sorry, I'm still getting used to all the laws/rules...we have been fined enough already because we are used to the "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" mentality of California...
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Old 28.06.2012, 01:56
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Welcome to the forum. Save your fourth of July celebrations to Swiss National Day on the 1st August. Then you can let of your fireworks and no one will care. I believe that there are two days in Switzerland when fireworks are allowed, Swiss National day and the New Years Eve.
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Save your fourth of July celebrations to Swiss National Day on the 1st August. Then you can let of your fireworks and no one will care. I believe that there are two days in Switzerland when fireworks are allowed, Swiss National day and the New Years Eve.
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Old 28.06.2012, 13:37
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Best bet to be sure: check with your "Gemeinde."
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Welcome to the forum. Save your fourth of July celebrations to Swiss National Day on the 1st August. Then you can let of your fireworks and no one will care. I believe that there are two days in Switzerland when fireworks are allowed, Swiss National day and the New Years Eve.
There was a big display of them at my local Coop this evening. I had not seen them there before. A bit early for August 1, unless you want to encourage scofflaws. I checked and did not see anything special in my community.
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Thank you, that was helpful. I have had no problem finding places to buy them--my concern is, is it legal to shoot them off whenever we want.
In the thread I quoted, it had a post referencing the rules about shooting them off in Zurich. It was not meant to show you where to buy them.
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Funny there should be a thread about this subject I was reading in yesterdays Z/Unterlander about the noise laws, and noted that there are definitely only 2 evenings in the year when fireworks are allowed - 1st August and New Years eve.

Oh, did you know...? Saturdays you may not use any noisy garden tools after 6pm? I was delighted to learn that one - last Saturday we worked all day to make our garden nice for visitors coming to an outdoor dinner - when our neighbors decided to mow their lawn and do general garden clean-up. That was MOST annoying and disturbing of the general ambience of a warm evening clinking of glasses and cutlery.

PS: Could not say anything, in the interests of congenial neighborliness as it was their son who crashed into the back of the stationary car parked in the cycle lane (another thread, still awaiting results from police).
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Old 29.06.2012, 09:57
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Oh, did you know...? Saturdays you may not use any noisy garden tools after 6pm?
Is that a cantonal law or one for your Gemeinde? And do you have a link?

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last Saturday we worked all day to make our garden nice for visitors coming to an outdoor dinner - when our neighbors decided to mow their lawn and do general garden clean-up. That was MOST annoying and disturbing of the general ambience of a warm evening clinking of glasses and cutlery.
That happened to us the other Saturday night. Our neighbour sat around outside drinking beer all day and as we sat down to eat outside that evening, he got the lawnmower out.

He could see us eating so he wasn't unwittingly being inconsiderate.
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Old 29.06.2012, 10:39
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note: saturday is only an advise, you "can" do the lawn until 8pm. but it might be frowned upon by your neighbors and will end with an ear full of advise. from germany i know one should better give it a break 1-3pm on saturdays. doenst seem to be the case here.
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Old 29.06.2012, 11:28
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Just to be really difficult.... have you thought to check if you're allowed to barbecue at your appartment?
Some blocks ban them on balconies or terraces as the smoke can be annoying for other tenants.
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Also be aware that the local rules might also forbid noise during the Saturday lunch hour (as well as lunchtimes M-F, 12:00-14:00).

And then there is the accepted neighborhood etiquette which very much frowns on noise before 9am, rather than the 7am the law stipulates.

So all in all, if one works during the week one has from only 7 hours on Saturdays, between 9:00 -11:59, 14:00-17:59, to get the garden in shape. As well as running around doing all the errands that need done.

It's a conspiracy, I tells ya. Brought to you by the local gardening firms.
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Old 29.06.2012, 11:59
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Also be aware that the local rules might also forbid noise during the Saturday lunch hour (as well as lunchtimes M-F, 12:00-14:00).

And then there is the accepted neighborhood etiquette which very much frowns on noise before 9am, rather than the 7am the law stipulates.

So all in all, if one works during the week one has from only 7 hours on Saturdays, between 9:00 -11:59, 14:00-17:59, to get the garden in shape. As well as running around doing all the errands that need done.

It's a conspiracy, I tells ya. Brought to you by the local gardening firms.
Although I can actually do the garden at anytime.

I have a quiet, push-lawnmower and weeding, pruning etc can be done anytime as it doesn't really make any noise.

The only thing that makes any noise is a strimmer which I need to do a steep bit.

I guess you're going to struggle if you work and have a big garden that needs mechanical help.
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Although I can actually do the garden at anytime.

I have a quiet, push-lawnmower and weeding, pruning etc can be done anytime as it doesn't really make any noise.

The only thing that makes any noise is a strimmer which I need to do a steep bit.

I guess you're going to struggle if you work and have a big garden that needs mechanical help.
I always thought it is forbidden to do any "labour" on Sunday, and not purely just for the noise. Be sure you are not "seen" as well. But gardening is surely a hobby and not a labour task? Well, welcome to this country.


As for the 4th July celebrations, I have the narrow-minded view that this is not USA, and firing up fireworks (up into the air) is not well received by all in the neighbourhood. Take care.
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Old 29.06.2012, 12:18
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I always thought it is forbidden to do any "labour" on Sunday, and not purely just for the noise. Be sure you are not "seen" as well. But gardening is surely a hobby and not a labour task? Well, welcome to this country.

Older folk tend to believe this is the case for Christian religious reasons but I do not believe it is so and I doubt anyone here would be able to show a current document that stated this.
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Is there an official 4th of July celebration in Zurich by any chance? I know Geneva has one every year, though I've never been to it.
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why the heck should there be one? does nyc or boston celebrate russian october revolution? swiss national day by any chance?
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why the heck should there be one? does nyc or boston celebrate russian october revolution? swiss national day by any chance?
I just asked the question. Geneva has one every year so far as I know so I thought MAYBE Zurich might do the same. I'm not saying they should at all.

However, a lot of American cities celebrate St. Patrick's Day for some reason.
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