For the first time in years, Scottsdale won’t have a fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July.
Instead, there will be three fireworks shows on a much smaller scale in Scottsdale, and only one of those will be open to the public on Sunday — two days before Independence Day.
When Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse pulled up stakes in October, taking its signature fireworks show with it, Scottsdale didn’t consider putting on a large-scale show, said Pat Dodds, a city spokesman. None of the three smaller shows are sponsored by the city.
Over the years, big fireworks shows were held at locations ranging from Scottsdale Stadium to Civic Center Mall and WestWorld of Scottsdale.
“In the past, the Scottsdale Jaycees have sponsored fireworks shows at the (Scottsdale) Stadium, and has approached the city to help share some of the costs, but the city hasn’t,” Dodds said.
Instead, at 9 p.m. Sunday, the Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society is sponsoring a fireworks show at the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, the public can attend.
The park is considerably smaller than the former north Scottsdale Rawhide site, which put on big-ticket fireworks shows for more than a decade at the faux-1880s town.
There will be two private fireworks displays on Independence Day, one at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch at 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road and one at the Pinnacle Peak Country Club, 8701 E. Pinnacle Peak Road.
Both of those shows begin at 9 p.m.
Only registered guests or those who have restaurant reservations at Gainey Ranch can get in to see the fireworks, and only members of Pinnacle Peak Country Club can get in to see the fireworks. Those fireworks probably can be see from the nearby residential areas.
Mayor Mary Manross said Wednesday that she could see the city sponsoring a fireworks show in the future.
“Council would have to make sure it would be feasible to sponsor a fireworks display, and a place to have it would have to be selected.”
This year, the Jaycees are sponsoring the old-fashioned picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.
That event will not have fireworks.