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Enjoy a cool, safe Fourth of July in Scottsdale

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  June 30, 2014 

  Contact: Mike Phillips, public affairs manager, 480-312-7825 

  Enjoy a cool, safe Fourth of July in Scottsdale

Scottsdale invites everyone this Fourth of July to celebrate in a cool, safe environment – and to be vigilant in protecting our irreplaceable desert.

The Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld is shaping up to be the coolest family-friendly event of summer.

Indoor activities begin at 2 p.m. in the air-conditioned North Hall of WestWorld’s Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. At 9 p.m., everyone’s invited to step outside to enjoy a patriotic fireworks show.

The WestWorld fireworks show will take place in a safe, controlled environment.

Fireworks restrictions in place

Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines.

Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publically owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets.

A first violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by a minimum fine of $1,000. Subsequent violations are a class one misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $2,000. 

More information on firework restrictions and safety tips.

Preserve closure

To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4.

All trailheads into the 30,200-acre preserve will have “closed” signs posted. Scottsdale police, staff and volunteer stewards will patrol the area to advise visitors about the closure and fire threat. Violating the closure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine.

The preserve will reopen at sunrise on Saturday, July 5. 

Cool holiday event options

There are several ways to celebrate and keep comfortable this Fourth of July in Scottsdale without playing with fireworks.

The WestWorld celebration features live music, more than a dozen interactive children games, a BMX/skateboard stunt show and an ice cream village. Other highlights include the Radio Disney Road Show and a corn hole tournament.

General admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door; children six and under are free. Scottsdale residents enjoy a reduced price ticket of $5 in advance. Spectator parking for just the fireworks show is $20 per vehicle. Those gates open at 7 p.m. 

More information, including VIP ticket pricing.

For those who enjoy a little water with their Fourth of July activities, Scottsdale’s four aquatic centers feature affordable public swims this holiday.

The Cactus, Chaparral, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch centers will all be open from 1 to 5 p.m. July 4. The Chaparral, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch centers also will host poolside family picnics during those hours featuring food vendors and entertainment. The cost is just a regular pool admission. 

For more information on city aquatic programs, call 480-312-POOL or click here