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6/29/2013 11:33:00 AM
Cottonwood readies for 13th annual fireworks extravaganza
A word about fireworks Ö donít!
By Jon Hutchinson

Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- There are vendors in the Verde Valley where one can purchase fireworks, but there is no where that you can fire them off legally.

Shooting fireworks is banned by the City of Cottonwood as well as most other cities and towns regionally, by all National Forests and by Yavapai County.

The State of Arizona has permitted the sale of "safe and sane firework." Certain criteria need to be met in order to sell the explosives. State law says a person needs to be 16 years old to purchase fireworks, but the city has made that minimum age 18 years old.

But, regardless of the purchasing limitations, you are never allowed to discharge fireworks locally. Like the City of Cottonwood, most other cities and town have also banned the use of fireworks.

Cottonwood Fire Marshal Rick Contreras says, "The Arizona Fire Marshal's Association has established criteria and most communities are in line with what we are doing."

"We have met with the fireworks companies and they want people to be safe as well."

The issue is magnified by how tinder dry conditions are this year. The Dosie Fire northwest of Prescott is still burning, but is now is 90 percent contained at a cost to date of $6.4 million. Five other wildfires continued to burn across the state, with major events in New Mexico, California and Colorado.

We have had critical fire weather past couple weeks and even use of coal barbeques is not safe.

Contreras says there have been no l enforcement measures so far this year, there have had incidents in the past.

"Bad things have happened in the past."

Only licensed certified shooters like the one used for the city's professional display are permitted to discharge fireworks.

Cottonwood has organized crews to surround the event near the fairgrounds this 4th of July, with other agencies assisting. The surrounding area will be sprayed to moisten the conditions around the historic slag pile.

"We will take all the precautions necessary. My real concern is not with the city fireworks, but with the fireworks over which we have no control."

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

During the afternoon of Independences Day, all action moves to Cottonwood and one of the few places you can still see a live fireworks show in the tinder dry north.

Everyone will want to be in place for the giant 4th of July Fireworks show, but there is plenty to do al all day while waiting for the sky explosions.

All the fun will be at the Cottonwood Kids Park at 12th Street and Cherry in Cottonwood.

At 4 p.m. the Independence Day Extravaganza begins. There will be kids games, a giant water slide, inflatable rides and watermelon eating contests.

Free food will be provided courtesy of Fry's Food & Drug and prepared by the Knights of Columbus from 4 p.m. until about 6 p.m.

Wrist bands will also be available for purchase on site for access to the kids games.

Soft drinks, glow necklaces and other items will also be available for purchase during the event.

The fireworks display over the Fair Grounds is free. The parking concession benefits a youth organization is $1.

7:45 p.m. The countdown begins for Northern Arizona's finest fireworks display. There will be music, presentations, and a patriotic salute by the VFW Color Guard.

At 8:45 p.m. find a place, grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a spectacular 35-minute light show full of booms and ahhs.  

Come down, enjoy the day, have a picnic on us, listen to the music and partake in the activities that the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department has put together for you and your family.

Admission is FREE! Fair parking only $1 and benefits a local non-profit youth organization.  

 This event is co-sponsored by: Fry's Food & Drug, Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, NAWS, Verde Valley Fair Association, Verde/Clarkdale Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: tom marzullo

July 4th has become "A day off" A day of food store sales (not a day off for those people) for profits far beyond normal sales. School day off and the unofficial lazy day off.
What is lost in all of this is the recognition of America's independance from England and her rule of unfair taxation/no representation. Celebrate, we now have our own system of unfair taxation/representation.
Heck, more thought and celebration is given to Cinco DE Mayo (Mexico/France) than our own independance. As for the fireworks display in Cottonwood...THANK YOU! A display worthy of a very large city and better than many much larger cities. Lest we forget the reason of July 4th, look to the skies this evening, partake in the ooh's and ahh's, look to the glorious colors bursting in air, we giving thanks and recognition for the wonder of our freedoms earned by our forefathers. Lest that part never be forgotten.
So enjoy the fireworks and burst with joy for all we have to share. America's spirit.

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Make the event a celebration of their lives -not a funeral wake.

The works are already paid for and i am guessing the return policy isn't great.

On top of that they are being launched off the top of a man made glass/lava mountain. that will be surrounded by firefighters.

If the conditions permit then celebrate...

Also- it feels like Slaterx2 needed more hugs as a kid or maybe their daddy was a politician and they still harbor deep seated issues over it. That is the only way that they could have elevated their seething distaste to such a fetish like level. Kind of sad really.

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: U.R. Silly

While I agree that the incident in Yarnell is nothing short of a devastating tragedy, I do not think canceling a celebratory tradition is the best way to honor the brave men who lost their lives Sunday. Instead of vetoing the fireworks, and staying home to greive for the men and their families why not do something that actually benefits those affected. There are many businesses offering donations based on their revenues for the next week. The school house restaurant and Main Street cafe are two such businesses. So go out celebrate and enjoy and remember to give thanks to those who have died in the line of duty and who still serve all the branches that keep our nation safe and free!

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Lets see which way the wind blows and the
wind speed.If it's 40-50 mph and blowing toward a politicians home it will be canceled. But only after the coffers are full.
Then a light show would be appropriate

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: I.M. sorry

should we really even be considering having fireworks in this state this year? Homes have been lost, land has been devastated, and those who protect us have paid the highest possible price. Are we so short sighted?

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