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Prescott Valley plans big fireworks show for 4th of July

PV will have fireworks this year, but some restrictions apply at park.<br>
File Photo/Heidi Dahms Foster

PV will have fireworks this year, but some restrictions apply at park.<br> File Photo/Heidi Dahms Foster

No need to come early and stake out front row seats at Mountain Valley Park on Sunday, July 4. In fact, Town of Prescott Valley officials prohibit "stakes" - as in tent stakes - anywhere on the artificial grass.

This year is a fireworks-only celebration, said Brian Witty, director of PV Parks and Recreation, because of cuts in the town budget. In past years, the town also provided live entertainment, water games, jumpies and a beer garden during the celebration, and families arrived early to set up shade tents and claim spots close to the stage.

"We're at a $10,000-$15,000 reduction this year," Witty said. "In years past, we've been at $30,000, and before that, we had another $5,000-$10,000 to put into different components of entertainment."

Fireworks alone cost $25,000 for the 30-minute show.

Several vendors will provide beverages and food starting at about 5 p.m. Witty said families can come early and bring their own picnics, but no food or drinks other than water is allowed on the synthetic grass areas.

Town officials will not allow the staking of tents on the new artificial turf that covers the park's athletic fields. Patrons may not use tobacco products or bring pets with them, either.

"We're establishing general rules of use to preserve the quality and integrity of the turf site, and to make sure safety protocols are met," Witty said.

This means no food, snacks, candy or gum. No peanuts, sunflower seeds, soda or sports drinks. They not only stain the synthetic fabric, but can damage and clump the rubber safety material underneath and create a hard, sticky surface. It also fouls up the field maintenance equipment, he said.

"No pets or animals either. We don't want any byproducts coming from the pets," Witty added.

No cigarettes that might put holes in the fabric, and no other tobacco products "for sanitary reasons." As usual, officials prohibit glass containers in the park.

Witty said that Randy Reyman, owner of Reyman Pyrotechnics out of Phoenix, is one of very few technicians left in the United States that still hold the education, regulations, and training to make handmade fireworks. Reyman has created some unique, handmade pieces for this year's show.

"I don't know how hearts and smiley faces get up there in the sky," Witty said. "But he's very excited about new pieces."

The free pyrotechnic display begins at dark. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 759-3090.

Recreation Coordinator Debbie Jerome at 775-3162 email: djerome@pvaz.net.

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