7/3/2013 10:05:00 AM Prescott Valley 4th of July will include fireworks tribute to firefighters who died
Prescott Valley Tribune
The Town of Prescott Valley will pay honor to the 19 firefighters who died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire with a fireworks tribute opening its annual display at Mountain Valley Park on Thursday, July 4.
Mayor Harvey Skoog will speak in honor of the firefighters at 8:45 p.m., directly before the tribute.
The 18th annual Salute to the Red, White & Blue is Prescott Valley's premier 4th of July tradition and community wide gathering.
While fire danger has been extreme, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said the fireworks are set off by a professional company in a managed site that is mowed and pre-wetted. The town also coordinates with Central Yavapai Fire for safety and protection during the event.
"We have a history since 1996 of a safe and outstanding fireworks display," Tarkowski said.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with the opening of the Freedom Station Inflatable Village. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and take pleasure in the musical entertainment, food booths and the beer garden opening at 5 p.m.
The event will feature recordings of top artists and at 6 p.m. a live performance by "Bitter Sweet" on the main stage perched above the synthetic athletic field adjacent to the Pavilion. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. in Mountain Valley Park located at 8600 E. Nace Lane, easily accessible by either Nace Lane or Loos Drive.
Arizona Hometown Radio Network will broadcast patriotic music throughout the fireworks display, coordinated with all fireworks displays in the tri-cities.
Admission and parking are free with the Freedom Station FUN ZONE requiring wristbands, which are available both pre-event and on-site. Pre-event wristbands will be available at Freedom Station and the Parks and Recreation Department office for $8. On-site purchase of $10 during the event can be made at the entrance to the baseball/softball complex in Mountain Valley Park.
Alcohol, glass containers, enclosed tents, staked pop-up canopies/umbrellas, and pets are not permitted (excluding service dogs). Small umbrellas and umbrella chairs will be allowed. Personal fireworks are banned within Prescott Valley town limits at all times and the ban will be actively enforced.
Event attendees are encouraged to join the town in "greening" Prescott Valley's events by using the trash receptacles provided in the park.