Originally Published: July 7, 2016 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT – Logistically, this year’s July 4 event in Prescott’s downtown proceeded smoothly, say local officials and the event organizer.
While availability of parking had raised concerns before the event, organizer Steve Gottlieb said, “Parking was not an issue.” He noted that 50 spaces were still available in the downtown parking garage at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 4.
And Prescott Deputy Police Chief Amy Bonney reported that traffic “before and after the event flowed smoothly, albeit a bit congested just based on the number of people and vehicles in the area.”
As usual, Bonney said, the police department had extra staffing and patrol in the areas of most activity, including the downtown, the rodeo, and the rodeo dance.
“This year, we didn’t have any major incidents at these areas,” Bonney said. Police reported several underage consumption arrests, several assaults, and other miscellaneous arrests such as DUIs, she said.
And when it came to fire danger from the fireworks, Prescott Fire Marshal Don Devendorf said the city’s protection plan “Went perfectly.”
The fire department had prepared by stationing several firefighters on the parking garage roof, where the fireworks were launched, and two fire engines on the streets below.
Although a light wind came up at the time of the fireworks launch, Devendorf said the pyrotechnics shooter adjusted to the conditions, and “it went off without a hitch.”