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Cave Creek turning Fourth of July celebration into Yarnell Hill Fire fundraiser

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. – The town of Cave Creek is turning this year’s Independence Day celebration into a fundraiser for the families of the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday.

“Obviously we know the families are hurting, and we know we’re going to have over three thousand people here, so why not try to make a difference,” said Danny Piacquadio, owner of Harold’s Corral, which hosts the event. “This was just a no-brainer for us.”

Rural Metro Fire Department will be collecting donations at the gate to tonight’s fireworks show and throughout the evening.

Piacquadio said a portion off all liquor sales will also be collected for the families.

There will be a moment of silence and a 19-shell salute honoring the fallen firefighters before the fireworks begin at around 9 p.m.

For more information on the event visit the Harold’s Corral website.

For volunteer, fundraising and other ways to assist those affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire, go to