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6/29/2013 6:02:00 AM
Prescott Valley offering fireworks, Chino Valley reviving them
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Fireworks rain down on the annual show in Prescott Valley.
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Fireworks rain down on the annual show in Prescott Valley.
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

The Parks and Recreation Department in Prescott Valley will conduct the 18th annual Fourth of July festivities, while private groups in Chino Valley are reviving fireworks that have not dotted the skies since 2008.

Both events will feature games for children, beer gardens and live music and take place Thursday in public parks. Fireworks will go off at dusk at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley and at 9 p.m. at Community Center Park in Chino Valley.

The fireworks display in Prescott Valley will be "the best doggone fireworks show in Northern Arizona," boasted Brian Witty, parks and recreation director for the town. "Our pyrotechnic individual hand-mixes the fireworks so we have custom colors, and produces items such as cloverleaves and smiley faces."

Festivities begin at Mountain Valley Park at 3 p.m. with the opening of the Freedom Station inflatable village. The beer garden will open at 5 p.m., and the band BitterSweet will take the main stage above the athletic field an hour later.

Admission and parking are free, but the use of the Freedom Station fun zone requires wristbands, available for sale at $8 in advance at Freedom Station and Parks and Recreation, and $10 during the day of the event.

Event organizers encourage participants to bring blankets but remind them that they will not allow alcohol, glass containers, enclosed tents, staked pop-up canopies/umbrellas and pets (excluding service dogs).

Parks and Recreation will allow small umbrellas and umbrella chairs on the grounds at the park, 8600 E. Nace Lane.

Fourth of July festivities will begin at noon and conclude around 10 p.m. Thursday at Community Center Park in Chino Valley, Perkinsville Road and Road 1 East.

The Chino Valley Recreational Foundation, Chino Valley Rotary Club and Word of Life Church have teamed up to revive a fireworks display that has been missing in Chino Valley since 2008.

"We had a community resident who would like to remain anonymous who came and asked me why we did not have a Fourth of July celebration," said Lon Turner, a Town Council member who chairs the foundation. The anonymous individual donated $10,000, which will pay for the fireworks display.

Chino Valley town government officials nixed Fourth of July festivities in 2009 because fundraising fell short of the goal of raising $8,500 for the display. Then-Mayor Karen Fann, now a Republican member of the state House of Representatives, challenged the community to raise the money.

The three organizations will fill the void this year.

"We will have food, drinks and the festivities," Turner said. "And the idea here is to get the community support to raise enough money to put this on year after year."

Activities will include games for children and a concert by blues band Road One South from 5 to 9 p.m.

Turner's group and the two other sponsors will also sell food with the goal of raising $10,000 for Fourth of July festivities in 2014, said Darryl Croft, a councilman and member of the Rotary.

They will serve hamburgers and hotdogs and perhaps barbecued food as well as put up a beer garden, Croft said. He added any money raised in excess of the $10,000 will go back to the three sponsors.


As previously reported, area residents wishing to take part in Fourth of July festivities in Prescott may flock to Pioneer Park for activities beginning at noon and continuing until 10 p.m.

Admission to the festivities is free, but participants must pay for carnival rides and food. Pre-sale carnival wristbands are available for $12 at Prescott City Hall, the Grace Sparkes Activity Center, Fry's Food Markets and Freedom Station. Wristbands will cost $15 at the gate.

Pioneer Park is located at 1200 Commerce Drive.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013
Article comment by: Meme Tina

I'm so thankful for the downpour Prescott Valley got yesterday! My family is looking forward to celebrating 237 years of American Independence!!!
*God Bless the families of the Granite Mt. Hotshots*

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Sustainable water

What would help the new generation the most?

Being responsible and caring about the natural world around them or setting off fireworks from China when it looks like we have another big fire on our hands?

Saving water for real needs or wasting it?

Be a responsible mother and talk to your children about this.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Victor one question

You do know the origins of these firework displays? They were developed in ancient China.

And I bet you anything if you look at the labels on all those fireworks, it will say "Made In China".

Want to take my bet? How much money did Prescot send to China to buy these? Chino gave them 10 grand.

Not sure the sole standard of celebrating the 4th of July should be sending money to China to buy something they developed over the centuries. But thats just my opinion.

I am pretty sure we had much more meaningful 4th of July celebrations in the past before international trade became the norm.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: prescotts new generation

It seems like alot of the commenters on this site have nothing better to do then sit around and complain about stuff. Im taking my kids to see the fireworks and am happy they are going to still set them off. This isnt a retirement village-get off your high horse and get over it. Am getting pretty tired of the blame game and finger pointing that goes on. Its not just your town because you are old and have lived here longer.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Use water for fighting fires

How would this be any different than a fireworks display being rained out in other parts of the country?

Those people live through that all the time. The weather conditions are not right now to have fireworks

Our firefighters are addressing new fires right now, we need water and men to fight them.
Its the weather, stupid.

We have not had a good rain here since January 17th. Anyone who wants this firework display in this terrible weather should go down and apply to be a volunteer firefighter. Go and get some training.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Victor Holm

None of the commenters even mentioned the reason for the fireworks. It is to commemorate our independence and remember the long war we fought in order to gain that independence. If people like “Incredible stupidity” don’t want to celebrate that holiday OK but most of the rest of us do. Fireworks have been an integral part of that celebration since 1777.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Incredible Stupidity

NO WHINING!!!!!!! We have fireworks on the 4th of July because that's when the 4th of July is. The 4th of July is a celebration of America and it takes place every year on the 4th of July. This event is not based on a weather forecast it is based on adoption of the Declaration of Independence. If you don't want fireworks on the 4th of July MOVE out of MY COUNTRY and take Alec Baldwin and all of the other nitwits with ya...

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: really people

Ok, any of you know the precautions they take before fireworks? They even listed them in the article about the fireworks in Prescott earlier this week. They soak down the area where the fireworks will be taking place and keep an eye on the winds/weather and have fire trucks and that on standby. Geeze...

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Always the answer

From so called 'conservatives'. I am not a native but I am thoroughly acclimated and I appreciate this high desert. I love it with all my heart.

Unlike some people here who have no respect for changing conditions or defending this beautiful environment from human stupidity.
We had a Doce fire in 1990, and now we had another worse one. I guess the third time will be the charm for you, Mav Maveth

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Maveth

@Incred. Stupid:

Feel free to leave my county anytime you like -- or my country, for that matter.

Take your attitude elsewhere, bucky.

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Incredible stupidity

All I can say is these people better pray they do not start a expensive fire. It will make them look like idiots.

My god, they are blowing up ten grand that could have been used for something useful instead of putting our communities at risk.
I hope all those organizations have fire proof clothing and all the other gear necessary to fight the fires they might start. Do they even have a fire plan?

Why doesn't everyone wait until after the monsoons have watered this landscape thoroughly and the extreme fire danger is over?
They show absolutely no respect for anyone else in Yavapai County.

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Yay Chino

Thank you to the private person who donated for all off chino/paulden to enjoy the fireworks in our hometown this year!!! Thank you thank you!!!

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