July 4th event cancelled; fireworks still planned; test shot scheduled

Published on May 26, 2020

Photo of fireworks in the night sky

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, the Town of Oro Valley has cancelled its annual July 4th Celebration.

“The good news is that we are still planning an epic fireworks show from the Community and Recreation Center. We will be using larger shells that will soar higher into the night sky,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan. “We really wanted to host a July 4th celebration this year. This community needs it, but ultimately the decision is about public safety.”

This year the Town’s fireworks show will launch from the Community and Recreation Center. To assist with the “oohs and aahs” the Town will be using larger fireworks so they are more widely visible from around town. Though we may not be able to gather in one location this year, we can still gather as a community under the same sky and celebrate safely from our own homes.

To prepare for the July 4th show, and to provide the public with a glimpse of what’s in store on July 4th–as well as an opportunity to see if they can see the fireworks from home—the Town is planning a fireworks test launch on Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m.

The launch test, as well as the July 4th fireworks, will be launched from the fairway of Hole #1 on the Conquistador Course, just to the west of the Community and Recreation Center. No onsite spectators will be allowed at the fireworks test nor at the July 4th fireworks.

Fireworks test launch
Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m.
Community and Recreation Center
No onsite spectators allowed

During the test launch, the community should look towards the Community and Recreation Center to determine the best location or vantage point to view the fireworks. The Community and Recreation Center was selected as the location due to its centralized location, as well as its elevation.

This year, the Town and its firework vendor will incorporate three-inch and four-inch shells. Four-inch shells can reach heights of 400 feet. Three-inch shells typically reach approximately 300 feet. The grand finale will be comprised solely of four-inch shells.

For more information, contact AskOV at ask@orovalleyaz.gov