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We checked with our PD and FD who felt fireworks were safer in a dirt lot that was being supervised by professionals and had a firetruck next to the site, rather than having illegal fireworks which are dangerous. We also looked into having drones put on a light show, however it was cost prohibitive.
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The General Admission tickets compensate the cost of the festival and the staff and vendors including the fireworks company that are needed to put on the event. This year we are partnering with the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation who is hosting the kid zone. The Kidzone is being put on by the Parent Club and they will have tickets for their own activities. Proceeds from the kid zone go to the SVEF and support city schools. We wanted to provide an opportunity to sell tickets to the kid zone as well in advance.
The BBQ is being put on by the Scotts Valley Moose Lodge and their proceeds will go to local youth organizations.
Due to the Covid pandemic, the City was not sure if it was possible to host the festival until the beginning of this year. Being that we had a late start and reduced staffing at the City, we felt having he event on July 3rd would secure vendors that were already reserved for the 4th and have our PD and FD available to attend any illegal fireworks, disturbances or fire issues on July 4th.
Please bring a sun umbrella or wear hats as the shade moves with the sun throughout the day. Most of the park is exposed. We ask that tall pop ups be set up in the back as to not obstruct others views.
There is ADA reserved parking at the parade at 5007 Scotts Valley Dr. For the festival, there is ADA parking at the Skypark parking lot in both of the lot entrances as well in other special reserved areas. Also the grounds of the park are accessible.
The parade starts on Scotts Valley Dr. at Carbonero Way and travels to El Pueblo Rd, makes a U-turn and returns to the starting part.
Parking is reserved and available to volunteers. Parking near the park is limited so arrive early and then watch the parade which starts at 3pm. Parking is available at the Metro parking lot, the library, the Community Center, City streets and other parking lots around the park.
On-line ticket sales allows us to track how many are being sold and gives us valuable information regarding where people heard about the event as well as other helpful data. It also relieves us of having to handle so much cash at the door. We can also include a big thank you to our sponsors and include vital information to the ticket holders.
All on-line ticket sale vendors charge fees. Eventbrite charges their own service fees as well as a credit card processing fee on all their tickets.
We are thrilled to have so many great vendors.
The Moose Lodge is providing BBQ with a vegetarian option. The Penny Ice Creamery, and Whiting Foods from the Boardwalk, will also be providing food and treats.
The Kid Zone hosted by the SVEF and PC will have a trampoline, bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses, face painters, a climbing wall, light up toys, carnival games, beverages and more.
The bands this year are 2 wonderful local favorites. The Joint Chiefs will open at 4pm and James Durbin (from American Idol fame) and The Lost Boys go on at 6pm.
The fireworks will go off around 9:15pm.
Please bring your tickets printed or easily found on your phone. We recommend bringing layers for temperature changes, sunscreen, water, a blanket or low backed chair for sitting. You can bring in food and drinks. No pets please.
It was recommended by our Scotts Valley Police Department that we have sturdier fencing around the park this year so we have provided that. We have security guards and police officers as well on the grounds.
We are asking that all attendees abide by the County COVID regulations. We recommend you mask when close to others and are vaccinated.