Despite fire restrictions, the town plans to stage a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
"We've met with the fire department, police department and all systems are go with the fireworks," said Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind. "Simply because we'll be shooting them over Green Valley Park, irrigated grass and the lakes."
The town fireworks display was canceled last year as Independence Day fell on the heels of the 470,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
This year, Schwind says they are moving forward. "This is a good move I think," Schwind said. "We've got all the kid's games and whatnot starting at about 3 o'clock, and that will go until the concert (7 p.m.) and then the fireworks starting at 9 or 9:30 for about 45 minutes."
Santa's List --he Rim country's largest toy drive --ill be on hand once again, selling glow ropes and other patriotic novelties.
The concert, following the family games, features the country band Dark Horse, and is part of the Concert Under the Stars series presented by the parks department.
"We've got the buses lined up for the shuttle routes from Rumsey Park and through the llama ranch over to the park."
Parking at Green Valley is limited, so use of the shuttle service is encouraged. It will run between Rumsey and Green Valley parks between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. The pick up/drop off will be at Taylor Pool and Ramada 5.
For more information, call the Payson Parks and Recreation department at (928)474-5242, ext. 7.
"It should be just like is was a couple years ago with a really big crowd and a good time," Schwind said.