Sedona AZ (June 24, 2020) – As the 4th of July holiday draws near, Sedona Fire District wishes to remind our residents and visitors to have a safe holiday. For many, part of celebrating this holiday is taking in a fireworks display. SFD encourages you to attend a commercial fireworks display and not engage in the use of personal fireworks.
“Both Coconino and Yavapai counties have ordinances prohibiting the use of permissible consumer fireworks, as do the Cities of Sedona and Flagstaff,” said Fire Marshal Jon Davis. “Additionally, fireworks are never allowed in the National Forest,” he added.
With no legal area to use fireworks in this part of northern Arizona, the only option remaining to view fireworks displays are large commercial displays. “Not only are the commercial displays so much better, there is no question that they are safer for both the public and the environment,” said Davis. Considering that one wildfire is capable of causing millions of dollars of damage, possible death, and irreparable long term damage to the ecosystem, the choice is simple. “You can go watch a really awesome commercial display or you can risk personal injury and extreme liability by trying to make your own show,” Davis concluded.
Although most local 4th of July celebrations have been cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there are still a few celebrations that can be found at the following locations around Arizona on the 4th:
- Cottonwood, AZ – Fantastic Family 4th of July
- Lake Havasu, AZ – Fireworks over the lake
- Taylor, AZ – The firing of the anvil