How you can celebrate Fourth of July in southern Arizona

How you can celebrate Fourth of July in southern Arizona
Fireworks pic available for variety of holiday celebration stories

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Patriotic displays and family events are held throughout the United States to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. For those celebrating, here is a list of family- friendly events happening in southern Arizona.

MARANA STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

WHAT: It’s a party at the park on July 4 at the annual Star Spangled Spectacular! Enjoy music, dozens of food trucks, inflatables for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, and a spectacular firework show. Live performances from Backroads, Mr. Skynyrd, Taken By Drones, Steff and the Articles, and OnesAll.

WHEN: July 4 at 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park

NOTES: * New safety requirements have been implemented and attendants are now required to a clear bag policy before entering the park. You must have a clear plastic bag, purse or tote.

Items NOT permitted into the event:

  • Bags, purses, and totes that are not clear plastic (prohibited bags may not be placed inside a clear bag in order to gain entry)
  • Backpacks
  • Mesh bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Outside alcohol (alcohol will be available for purchase at the event)
  • Pets are not permitted in the park with the exception of service animals.

Items permitted into the event:

  • Clear plastic bags, purses, or totes
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand
  • Diaper bags for infant needs
  • Strollers
  • Clear, unopened water bottles
  • Blankets
  • Lawn or camping chairs for seating

Town of Marana staff is dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment for the community to celebrate Independence Day. This year, the entire park will be fenced off, and designated entrances will be monitored by security. Bag checks will be conducted at each of the entrances and at each of the three shuttle locations throughout Continental Ranch. Shuttles are free, and will run from 4-11 P.M.

Shuttle locations:

  • Between Safeway and Twin Peaks Elementary School located at the intersection of Twin Peaks Road and Silverbell Road. (Parking available at both sites)
  • Coyote Trail Elementary School located at 8000 N. Silverbell Road.
  • Continental Reserve Professional Plaza located at 8333 N. Silverbell Road.

DIAMONDS IN THE SKY CELEBRATION: Tickets now available

The 4th Annual Diamonds in the Sky Celebration is taking place on Thursday, July 4 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way and Kino Sports Complex has partnered with Pizza Hut, Food City and Cactus Bowl of Vantage Bowling Centers to sell tickets.

Diamonds in the Sky, 4th of July celebration (Source: Kino Sports Complex)
Diamonds in the Sky, 4th of July celebration (Source: Kino Sports Complex) (Source: Kino Sports Complex)

Tickets purchased by July 2 from one of these retailers will include free parking on the day of the event. Festivities during the event include an All-Star baseball game featuring the Sun Belt College League, music, giveaways at the door, games, food, activities for kids and a post-game fireworks display.

Buy your $4 general admission ticket (everyone 5 and older; kids under 5 get in free) at the Cactus Bowl, 3665 S. 16th Ave or any Pizza Hut or Food City store through July 2. Tickets are also available at the Kino Sports Complex administrative offices, 2500 E. Ajo Way, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and during Sun Belt College League game nights at Kino Stadium every week from 6 to 9 p.m., excluding Wednesdays and Sundays.

Seating is first-come, first-served. Gates open at 5 p.m. To purchase tickets on the day of, the Box Office will open at 2 p.m.

During the festivities will be giveaways, music, games with prizes, food, exhibitors, jumping castles, face painting, and more.

Please remember during this event Kino Stadium is enforcing its clear bag policy, which requires visitors to bring personal items inside a clear plastic vinyl bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or a small clutch bag no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”. The Stadium will also apply its no outside food and beverage policy, with the exception of one 16 oz bottled water or sports drink per person.

ORO VALLEY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS

WHAT The FREE, family-friendly fun begins at 5 p.m., with live entertainment and activities for kids. At 9 p.m., buckle up and hold on for the BOOM! This is your opportunity to have front row seats for a spectacular fireworks show! Click here to download the event map.

WHEN Thursday, July 4, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE James D. Kriegh (JDK) Park located at 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, AZ 85704.

For more information on parking and special instructions, click HERE.

ORO VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER

WHAT Have fun on the interactive splash pad, giant waterslide and diving boards. Games and prizes. Please note, the Aquatic Center will be closed on July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. in preparation for the festivities.

WHEN Enjoy reduced admission on July 4th, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. $1 for children and $3 for adults.

WHERE 23 W. Calle Concordia

JULY 4th STARS & STRIPES BBQ DINNER

WHAT An all-American classic BBQ, featuring beef brisket, BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, ice cream sundae bar and much more. Kid friendly. Children’s activities will not be available at this event. Reservations recommended. Call 520-229-5355. Adults, $25Children ages 5-12, $12Children under 5 years, FREE

WHEN 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE At the Overlook Restaurant and Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive

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