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We are excited to introduce the first phase of our new website! Throughout this year, we will be rolling out a series of updates to provide a more accessible, secure, and easy-to-navigate experience for all our users.

Important information:

  • Content migration: With a large volume of content to migrate, not everything made it over to the new site right away. You may occasionally be directed back to the legacy site as we finish this process.
  • Broken links: We expect there to be some broken links during this transition - please use the “Report a Website Problem” form to let us know about any issues you encounter.

Website navigation:

  • Mega menus: Organized into five categories, our mega menus are designed to help you find information quickly and efficiently:
    • City Services - all of your city services that we provide
    • Your City - city leadership and government transparency 
    • Community Programs - programs that we provide to citizens
    • Get Involved - ways that you can participate
    • Explore and Enjoy - get active and do fun things!
  • Standard site search: Use the search bar to find what you need. You can sort search results by webpages, news and events, and documents. Search is something that we will be refining and improving now that this new website has launched. Keep using it and watch your results improve. 
  • "I Want To" navigation: This intent-based navigation at the top of each page helps you find the actions you came to the site to perform and leads you straight to them.

We need your feedback. To help us continue improving the site, please use the "Report a Website Problem" form to let us know about any issues you encounter.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to create a better online experience for you. We encourage you to explore the new features and get to know our new website.

Most city offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. Trash and recycling schedules will not be affected. Place your containers out the evening before or by 5 a.m. the morning of collection. Here’s more important information: 

  • Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve: To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at noon Thursday, July 4, and re-open around 5 a.m. Friday, July 5. All trailheads into the preserve will have “closed” signs posted. Scottsdale police and staff 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. Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, July 4.   
  • Fireworks: Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines. Fire officials prefer fireworks be left to professional shows, which have safety personnel onsite to immediately address fire issues. Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks also is prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. Get more information about firework restrictions and safety.  
  • Fourth of July Celebration at WestWorld: Get ready for a fun evening of live entertainment and family-friendly activities as Scottsdale gears up for this annual celebration. Taking place from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4, the festivities will culminate with one of the largest fireworks display in Arizona. Activities include a rodeo, slider eating and water balloon throwing contests, family games such as cake walks and musical chairs, and the annual Parade of Heroes. Get more information and buy tickets at

Up to 70% of residential water use occurs outdoors in Arizona. Be sure to check your irrigation system for leaks. Check out how to read your water meter and use the Find & Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget guide to help you keep an eye on your home and your irrigation system. Scottsdale Water customers may also find helpful leak detection tools by registering for the free WaterSmart Portal.

Public Meetings 

Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. 

Week of July 1:

Week of July 8: Check back next week for the full list:

  • There are no meetings scheduled for this week.

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve

Things to Do

Get reel cool at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s movie matinees. Shows start at 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. They’re free to members; otherwise, they are $8 per person. Here’s the July lineup:

  • Sunday, July 7: Spirit: A Stallion of the Cimarron
  • Thursday, July 11: Red River
  • Sunday, July 14: The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Thursday, July 18: The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Sunday, July 21: Balto
  • Thursday, July 25: Rio Bravo
  • Sunday, July 28: Pale Rider

Get movie descriptions and learn more.


Get more events information

Programs and Services

Elevate your job search by signing up with a Career Services coach. They're available virtually or in-person to assist job seekers with essential employment strategies, including resume development, LinkedIn consultation, interview preparation and job search strategies. Learn more.


ADOT advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions as part of the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) Improvements. The northbound Loop 101 on ramp at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard will be closed for 60 days beginning July 8. Drivers may consider using the northbound Loop 101 frontage road to access westbound Loop 101 at Princess Drive/Pima Road. 


  • Southbound Pima Road left-turn lanes will be restricted to one lane at the Loop 101 through July 3.  
  • The northbound Loop 101 off ramp at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard is closed through the end of July. 
  • The southbound Pima Road/eastbound Princess Drive on ramp will be closed at the Loop 101 until mid-August. Drivers can access the southbound Loop 101 by taking the southbound frontage road to the Frank Lloyd Wright on ramp.  Southbound drivers can use the north- and westbound freeway on ramp to make a U-turn at Hayden Road, then head south.  

This is part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s two-year project to add lanes and improve interchanges on Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/ Pima Road. “Stay in the Loop” by subscribing to project updates on ADOT’s website.

History: Fourth of July, Summer-time fun in Scottsdale (Courtesy of Scottsdale Historian Joan Fudala). For Scottsdale natives, it's a time for picnics and parties; for transplants from milder climates, celebrating the Fourth of July requires some adaptations. Either way, it's a day full of history and commemoration in Scottsdale. 

With Civil War veteran and retired U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott as our namesake and modern-day founder, Scottsdale has very patriotic roots. The handful of pioneer families gathered at Scott's ranch to celebrate holidays.  

According to Scott's biographer Dick Lynch in his book “Winfield Scott, A Biography of Scottsdale's Founder,” in June 1900, Scott returned to Scottsdale to attend a school board meeting of which he was still a member. There, he offered to buy a flagpole for the schoolhouse (one-room schoolhouse that residents built in 1896) to be erected for the Fourth of July celebration. Although he would not be there, he offered his grove for the community celebration. His offers were accepted.

Job of the Week: Senior Water Resources Engineer. Are you ready to lead Scottsdale's water future? We're on the lookout for a visionary to champion innovation in our Water Resources Division. This role involves steering capital projects, shaping cutting-edge designs for private development infrastructure, and spearheading master plans for water, sewer and reclamation systems. As a crucial liaison with city departments, government agencies and the community, you'll collaborate to tackle intricate engineering challenges head-on. Learn more and apply.

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Jul 1, 2024
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