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03 July 2017
  Heidi Dahms Foster
Prescott Valley will continue Fireworks Show with extensive fire safety measures in place

The Town of Prescott Valley will continue its fireworks display and family entertainment in Mountain Valley Park on Tuesday, July 4, as planned, with extensive fire safety measures in place. 

The Town has offered a successful fireworks show for more than 20 years, even in record drought years. The fireworks operation is based in a cleared area of Mountain Valley Park, and fields are well watered in advance of the show. Additionally, Central Yavapai Fire and Medical Authority provides fire protection with a presence during the event. 

Residents are asked to remember that any use of private fireworks in Prescott Valley Town limits is prohibited by Town ordinance. 

The fun starts at 3:00 p.m. at Mountain Valley Park, Robert Road and Loos Drive. Freedom Station will roll out a host of bounce houses and inflatables, and several obstacle courses including a track with giant tricycles, and a “radical” course. Cool off with the 20-foot Pirate Ship Water Slide, and a 19-foot Wipe Out Water Slide. Other Freedom Station attractions include the VR Rockwall and Bungee combo, a carnival swing ride and a two-seater Human Gyro.  Get mementos of the fun at the deluxe photo booth, and enjoy glow products and Dippin’ Dots concession sales.

While the fireworks show and live entertainment is free, the Freedom Station attractions require a wristband. Purchase in advance for $17.95 at Freedom Station, 2992 N. Park Ave., Suite A, (across from Harkins Theater), or at the park on July 4 for $19.95. The wristband also is redeemable for unlimited attractions at Freedom Station from July 5-9. 

A beer and food garden will open at 4 p.m., and free entertainment by Five in the Wheel will begin at 6 p.m. Sit back, relax and enjoy the big fireworks show at dark.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but please leave the alcoholic beverages, grills, pets and glass containers at home. 

For more information call Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation at 928-759-3090.

From Rick Chase, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Association Fire Marshal

July 4th Fireworks in Prescott Valley

After touring the site and fallout area used by the Town of Prescott Valley to launch fireworks we have determined that the risk is minimal given both the absence of fuel load and fire breaks created by streets, walking paths and well irrigated green space. Additionally, the Town has had their staff mitigating risk through fuel removal/reduction coupled with watering the area. To that end, we feel that what little risk exists is easily managed by our resources that will be on site again this year. As the fire protection agency for the area, it is our job to assess the risk at each proposed site within our jurisdiction. The proposed launch area in Chino Valley presented significantly more risk due to open land with dense fuel loads which is what led to our recommendation to cancel.   

There are places where citizens can purchase fireworks. We strongly urge you not to light off fireworks of any kind. Current fire restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks except by a professional commercial pyrotechnic company. Many feel that sparklers are a safe alternative for kids – that is incorrect. Sparklers are one of the more dangerous fireworks as they burn at 2000 Degrees Fahrenheit spewing sparks in every direction. This poses a significant risk for young children, as well as creating a risk for grass fires. 

Be safe, be responsible and let the professionals handle the fireworks. 

We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

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