Enjoy a cool, safe Fourth of July in Scottsdale

The Scottsdale 4th of July Celebrationlinks to external site at WestWorld promises to be one of the coolest family-friendly events of the summer. The celebration features a Fortnite 4th Experience where fans can watch professional gamer Daisyy Michelle live, play Battle Royale Laser Tag, build forts, watch a rodeo and hang out at a petting zoo. American Ninja Warrior champion Adam Rayl also appears for a meet and greet along with Captain Marvel, Captain America and Curious George. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. At 9 p.m., everyone’s invited to step outside to enjoy a patriotic firework show. Get ticket information herelinks to external site.

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, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also 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.
Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines.

Get more information about firework restrictions and a variety of safety tips.

Preserve closure

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

All trailheads into the 30,580-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 re-open around 5 a.m. Friday, July 5.

Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For more information about the park, contact park staff at 480-312-0990.

Here's a cool holiday event option

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 aquatic centers will be open July 4 for public and lap swimming. Regular pool admission fees apply.


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