Wildfire fighting resources stretched thin; Fire Department implores limiting consumer fireworks. Wildfires are burning across the state resulting in imminent brush fire danger, especially around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Scottsdale Fire says if you want to see fireworks, attend professional shows where there are more safety resources and protocols in place.
Fireworks cause an estimated 19,500 fires annually, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. U.S. hospital emergency rooms treat about 9,100 people for fireworks related injuries; 36 percent of those injuries are to children younger than 15. Learn more and get safety tips.
High ozone pollution advisory extended through Saturday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Saturday, July 3. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
Final reminder: City announces July 4 events, activities and general information. Most city offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day (Fourth of July). There is no change in garbage or recycling collection.
Here’s more important information:
Preserve closes early July 4. To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at noon Sunday, July 4. 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.
The preserve will re-open around 5 a.m. Monday, 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 staff at 480-312-0990.
Public swimming pool schedules
Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld. This event returns for the eighth year, from 5-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The patriotic celebration of family fun takes place in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the North Hall at WestWorld, giving rise to the slogan “Be Red, White & COOL.” Scottsdale 4th features a delicious backyard barbecue buffet-style menu; live patriotic music; snow and a giant slide to keep the kids cool; face painters; balloon artists; and more. There are a variety of ticket packages from which to choose. Learn more.
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 safety tips.
Mayor declares July 2021 “Phoenix Suns Month” in Scottsdale. The Phoenix Suns are headed to the NBA finals for the first time since 1993 and the third time in their history. “This season, the Suns have helped to increase community spirit and pride as we galvanize around their hard-fought bid to be basketball’s next world champions,” said Mayor David D. Ortega. “I encourage everyone to ‘Rally the Valley’ for our Suns as they battle to bring the trophy home.” Suns have remained a professional sport staple in the Phoenix metro region and have also made an impact in the community with their philanthropy off the court. Read the proclamation here.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West receives the Fran and Ed Elliott Southwest Women Art Collection. This is one of the largest donations of artworks by women to an American institution, featuring more than 300 works from 25 gifted women artists. It spotlights females who have been traditionally underrepresented in the art history of the American West.
All 25 artists are connected to Arizona by having resided, studied or worked here, according to the museum’s Director and CEO Mike Fox. He said the Elliott Collection will be enhanced by a significant collection of artworks by Scottsdale’s first professional resident artist Marjorie Thomas. Her exhibit features more than 150 drawings, paintings, sketches and photos.
Scottsdale Airport’s box hangars earn “Top Project of the Year.” Airport Business magazine has selected Scottsdale Airport’s North General Aviation Box Hangars as one of its top projects of the year under the "Hangar and Hangar Doors” category. As part of the project, 14 box hangars were developed on underutilized tiedown space to create additional accommodations for general aviation aircraft. All the hangars are leased. Read more.
In-person card games start Tuesday at senior centers. Register for days and times to play your favorite games such as mahjong, scrabble and bridge. Two time blocks are available daily, with a maximum of 16 people per block - or four tables of four. Reserve your spot through our online reservation system or by calling the centers:
Granite Reef Senior Center: 480-312-1700
8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Via Linda Senior Center: 480-312-5810
8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Billiards is opening Tuesday, as well. Get more information and register.
Back to School program needs your donations. Many students heading back to school in the fall need new clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Learn how you can donate these items or money.
Sign up your kids for Parks and Rec excursion camp. Mountain View Community Center hosts “Endless Summer” camp July 26-30, for students in third through seventh grades. Participants will go on daily excursions to places like Sunsplash, Jakes Unlimited, KTR and more! Space is limited. Register for the Mountain View camp.
Show us your talent, teens! Record and submit your talent July 3-13 via social media under the #ScottsdaleLibraryTalent. Or send your unlisted YouTube links to SPLTeens@ScottsdaleAZ.gov. Scottsdale Library's Teen Advisory Board will vote for a winner July 22!
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here.