Guest Editorial: Scottsdale One Of The Best Places in U.S. For 4th of July Celebration Showing Importance of WestWorld & Bonds To Keep It Economic Driver, Community Gem

Recker McDowell —

Scottsdale ranks as one of the best places in the entire country for a Fourth of July Celebration for its community events and fireworks at WestWorld.  It shows how important WestWorld and the events it hosts are for Scottsdale.

A report by WalletHub ranks Scottsdale as the best place in Arizona to ring in America’s birthday and the 12th best in the entire U.S. That puts Scottsdale July 4th festivities ahead of the likes of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

Scottsdale’s Independence Day festivities at WestWorld feature indoor family events with Arizona essential air conditioning. Those are followed by outdoor fireworks.

Having an events center such as WestWorld allows Scottsdale to put on the best Fourth of July in the state and one of the best in nation.

The bond measures on the November 2019 ballot make much-needed improvements and repairs at WestWorld. Arena space will be expanded and improved so WestWorld can host more events. Restrooms will be expanded. Audio systems, outdoor lighting and horse barns for equestrian events will be upgraded. The bonds also invest in widening 94th Street to improve access to WestWorld.

WestWorld hosts more than 911,000 visitors annually. Its events and equestrian spaces are booked almost every day during the year including for kids and family events, dog shows, youth sports and its signature events.

The land where WestWorld is located is owned by the federal government. But Scottsdale manages and maintains WestWorld.. The community benefits from its events, visitors and the tax revenue they generate.

WestWorld is a major driver of tourism as well as Scottsdale’s reputation as world-class equestrian destination. It is also a community asset evidenced by Scottsdale’s top ranking in the Fourth of July study. The bonds on this November’s ballot will help WestWorld continue to be a strong economic and community asset.