TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - While most of the firework shows and Fourth of July celebrations in southern Arizona has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire risk, there are a still a few chances to have a good time.
Below is a list of the celebrations and events:
The 355th Force Support Squadron’s Salute to America Fireworks Show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 3.
You must have access to Davis-Monthan to attend the celebration event, but residents close to the base should be able to see the fireworks.
For those with base access, food trucks will be at the Outdoor Rec parking lot from 7-9 p.m.
Full details can be found at https://www.dmfss.com/salute
The city of Douglas will host a firework show starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
Veteran’s Park will be closed and no one will be allowed to watch the show from there.
A parade, consisting of city vehicles only, is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
You can watch the parade and firework show on the city’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CityofDouglasAZ/
Sahuarita will still put on a fireworks show Saturday, July 4.
The event is set for 8:30 p.m. at Wrightson Ridge Park, which is located at 16325 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.
The park will be closed, but the public can watch from their homes or from parking lots near the park.
The Sierra Vista Rotary Club, in partnership with the city, will present an aerial-only fireworks display around 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
Other Fourth of July activities typically held in Veterans Memorial Park have been cancelled due to health guidelines protecting against the spread of COVID-19. The Rotary Club is also forgoing ground fireworks to focus on an all-aerial display residents can enjoy while safely social distancing throughout the community.
A safety perimeter will be established around where the fireworks are ignited west of the Domingo Paiz Sports Complex. Prior to the display, Tacoma Street and Las Brisas Way will be closed at Coronado Drive. In addition, the Highway 90 Bypass will be closed from Coronado Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway starting at about 6 p.m. Many residents will be able to see the aerial display from their own homes and it will be visible from public spaces throughout the community.
The city of Tucson postponed the annual “A” Mountain Fireworks celebration.
The decision was made due to COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme fire danger.
“The Mayor and Council and the City Management Team have taken significant measures to protect the community and our employees throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With the recent large spike in COVID cases and the current administrative order to postpone re-opening our City facilities to Aug. 3, postponing the event at this time is the right decision,” said Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega. “It is our intent to hold the event sometime in the future, when we can all safely come together.”
The city said a news release will be issued when the event is rescheduled.
Marana canceled its Fourth of July firework show, citing the social distancing regulations established by Gov. Doug Ducey and fire concerns due to the dry weather.
“While we understand and share the community’s disappointment, we are focused on maintaining everyone’s health and safety during this time,” said Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta.
The town had originally planned to launch fireworks from within Crossroads at Silverbell District Park on Saturday, July 4. No members of the public would have been permitted on the property, and all festivities associated with the annual Star Spangled Spectacular had been canceled due to fire safety.
Crossroads at Silverbell District Park will be open July 4, but the public is asked to follow social distancing guidelines.
Due to the Bighorn Fire, the town of Oro Valley postponed its Fourth of July firework show.
A new date for the show has not been determined.
“The timing for the fireworks just isn’t right. We are thankful for our partner, Golder Ranch Fire District, and all that they do,” said Town Manager Mary Jacobs. “We understand it may disappointing, but at this time it’s best to ensure everyone’s safety and keep our resources focused on the fires in the region. As for a make-up date, the town will find a time later this year when we can all come together as a community and safely celebrate our nation’s birthday.”
The town had planned to launch the fireworks at Naranja Park on Saturday, July 4. The public was not going to be allowed in the park during the show, and the town had already cancelled its other celebration events.