Fireworks will still be going off July 4th, but the city is trying to keep big crowds away by encouraging them to watch the show from afar.
Hoping to compromise with a celebration of Independence Day, balanced with social distancing guidelines, the city plans to shoot off fireworks for 20 minutes that night, but they’re asking people to watch from their homes or vehicles.
“While we share in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly,” city officials wrote in a news release.
Plans call for fireworks to start at 8:40 p.m from a staging area near Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.
The city is discouraging those driving up close but for those who do there will be limited surface parking at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park.
Parking will be first-come, first-served.
The limited celebration means the continued cancellation of the bigger party, which typically includes a baseball game, food trucks, alcohol sales and musical entertainment.
City officials said the Aquatic Center also will remain closed.
Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will also be unavailable.
The city is banning the use of personal grills within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. And, a reminder, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces isn’t allowed.