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Prescott's fireworks show will fly from PHS grounds

PRESCOTT –Every year, thousands of Prescott residents pull out the lawn chairs or blankets and settle in for a show of lights in the sky.

This year will be no different. Once again, fireworks will top off the Fourth of July for the Prescott community.

It's traditional Independence Day fare, and it will take place at the annual fireworks celebration at the Prescott High School football field on Wednesday, July 4.

Libby Reiman of the Prescott Parks and Recreation Department estimates that as many as 5,000 people annually crowd into the football field bleachers and the adjacent ballfields to take in the show.

"It's usually pretty full by about 8 o'clock," Reiman said.

But a much more extensive audience is able to view the display from the many yards and parking lots that are nearby. "We estimate that 10,000 people view the fireworks from different areas," Reiman said.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m., with family-oriented activities at Prescott High School, 1050 W. Ruth St. Early-evening events will include games that families have participated in through the generations, such as three-legged races, gunny-sack races, pie-eating contests and relays. Kids and adults also can participate in Earth ball events.

At about 9 p.m., the main event will get under way.

The fireworks display, for which the city spent $10,000, will involve about a half-hour of entertainment. The display will include 600 shells.

Lantis Fireworks of Draper, Utah, will conduct the fireworks performance.

For safety, Reiman said the city is requiring viewers to stay in the football field bleachers during the display. "That's in the fall-out area of the fireworks," she said.

One change in the program this year will be the absence of the Prescott Community Band, which traditionally plays patriotic music before the fireworks. Reiman said the band was not available this summer.

The Prescott fireworks display will be synchronized with the Prescott Valley and Chino Valley shows and patriotic music from KPPV.

Spectators can bring their boom boxes and tune into KPPV for music during the displays.

Officials from all three towns have worked with the radio station to synchronize all three fireworks displays with the music.

All of the communities are planning to "Let the Fireworks Begin" at 9 p.m., a KPPV spokesman said.

A two-hour remote broadcast starts at 7 p.m. from the command post in all three communities, with live interviews and other information for the public. The station will also play music "to set the mood with a special mix of inspirational and patriotic melodies before and during the fireworks display."

Although no refreshments are scheduled, Reiman said fund-raising groups usually show up to open a concession stand.