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The 4th of July Old Pueblo Style
Fireworks and Other
Independence Day Events

By David Francis

Note: This page will be updated leading up to July 4, 2017 as new information is available. If you would like your events included, please send me the information.

When I was growing up in Tucson, pretty much the only place I can remember being able to see fireworks on the 4th of July was over "A" Mountain downtown. There may have been a few small displays in the foothills or at High Corbett Field if the Toros were playing that day, but public fireworks displays were few and far between as I recall. That was the 1970s. In 2015, there are many places to see fireworks and enjoy Independence day festivities all over Southern Arizona. Tucson Happenings is proud to bring them all together in one place so you can plan your weekend and have a great time.

Great local events for July 4, 2017

50th Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 7AM-9PM
Registration at 7AM for the 7th Annual Pets & People Promenade begins at 7:30AM Ramada #3/Salute to America 8AM/Awards Presentation 8:30AM (Jenn Sherwood 459-0433) “Salute to The Union” Ceremony 11:30AM-12:30PM/Chili Cook-off tasting cup presales at Noon with Judging at 12:30PM/Fort Huachuca Military displays 9AM-3PM/All Day Arts & Crafts Vendors/Fireworks Show 8PM /Veterans Memorial Park 3105 E Fry Blvd-Sierra Vista 458-7922 www.sierravistaaz.gov

 Benson July 4th Celebration "Let Freedom Ring" 9AM-10PM
The City of Benson celebrates Independence in a classic big way with a family-friendly parade/Water fight by local Fire Fighters, and all day fun in Lions Park with vendors, food, music,Children's activities throughout the day, and a spectacular Fireworks Show at night (Parade Route: north on Patagonia Street, west on 6th Street, north on Central, east on 5th Street, south of Gila Street, west on 7th St) All other Events at Lions Park 435 N. Adams St-Benson 720-6044 or 586-9645

Celebrate July 4th, Old West Style (Daily 10AM-5PM)
July 1st-July 4th/Weekend celebration of history, heritage, and our precious freedom/$18.95, Free admission kids ages 11 & under/Flag ceremony and National Anthem/A special patriotic musical presentation on the Grand Palace stage/Games for kids /Old Tucson signature live stunt and comedy shows/Rides for the young and young at heart on the train, antique cars and vintage carousel/Living history presentations and historic site tours/Plus a festive parade on Tuesday, July 4th! A special July 4th show in the Grand Palace/Old Tucson 201 S. Kinney Rd. 883-0100 www.OldTucson.com

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration 10AM-Noon
Free with free admission to the park/Assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and face painting, free hot dogs, nachos, and lemonade! “Squirt-Down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department/Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 1 Burruel St-Tubac 398-2252www.tubacpp.com/events

Family Style 4th of July 10AM-8PM
Free/Games, hot dogs, nachos, watermelon and a Fire Engine “Squirt Down" Fireworks display at dusk/Medigovich Field North Street at 7th Street/Other family themed activities planned by Tombstone Forward. Activities in the City Park (corner of 3rd and Allen streets) include: a Red, White & Blue Lap Quilt Judging – Kids Games – Bouncy House – Entertainment – Bike, Trike, Wagon and Stroller Parade and More! Tombstone 457-3106

4th of July Celebration at OV Aquatic Center Noon-4PM
$1 for children/$3 for adults/Have fun on our interactive splash pad and giant waterslide-Games and prizes for kids/Oro Valley Aquatic Center 23 W. Calle Concordia 297-7946

Let Freedom Sing~Salute to the Armed Forces 3PM
$10/$25 A musical celebration of our nation’s birthday with Big Band Express and the Let Freedom Sing Choir and so many more! UA Centennial Hall 1020 E University Blvd. www.arts-express.org/event/let-freedom-sing OR 319-0400

3rd Annual City of Yuma 4th of July All American BBQ & Fireworks Spectacular 4PM-10PM
$1 per person at the gate (3 & under free) Please help us support the Yuma Community Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food items/pie eating contests, hot dog eating contest and more! Dry slides and jumpy castles and a splash zone with the Yuma Fire department water cannon and large water slides as well as activities and games for the whole family to enjoy/Patriotic entertainment, ceremonies and a live performance of the National Anthem/25 minute spectacular fireworks display! Desert Sun Stadium 1280 Desert Sun Dr-Yuma (City of Yuma 928-373-5000)www.yumaaz.gov

"A" Mountain Downtown Fireworks 5PM-10PM
Special events happening before the show at the Tucson Convention Center-Parking is free! The best viewing spot for the fireworks Downtown is at the TCC’s parking lot B/Food Vendors Selling Hamburgers and Hot Dogs/Fireworks at 9PM! TCC 260 S. Church Ave.

Oro Valley 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 5PM-9:30PM
Free/Kid's Activities, face painting, tie-dye t-shirts, patriotic crafts, walk climbing activities and jumping castles-Food Trucks-Live Music & So Much More! Naranja Park 810 W. Naranja Dr. (Town of Oro Valley 229-4700)

Marana`s Spectacular Independence Day Celebration 5PM-9:30PM
Enjoy live music, dozens of food trucks, inflatables for the kids, two beer gardens for the parents, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show/Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 North Silverbell Rd. (Town of Marana 382-1900) 

2nd Annual Fourth of July Diamonds in the Sky Celebration! 6PM
Tucson Saguaros vs. Monterey AmberJacks baseball game! Giveaways, games, food, activities for kids and a post-game fireworks display/General admission tickets only $4 & free for kids 5 & under/Purchase tickets at the Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way 8AM-4PM Monday- Friday/Reserved seating tickets available only on the Tucson Saguaros website for $11-$15/Pecos League AA Baseball/Free Parking/Kino Sports Complex 2500 E Ajo Way 434-1339 (Gates Open 5PM)

Red, White and Boom! 6PM-10PM
Family friendly event with Children’s activities 6PM-10PM/Live music from 7PM-10PM/FIREWORKS at 9PM and a food truck rally during the entire event! Bring Your Blankets & Lawn Chairs! Sahuarita Lake Park-15466 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd-Sahuarita 445-7850

Fourth of July Fireworks Show & Activities 6:30PM-9:30PM
Free/Join us for great food, games and a traditional old fashioned Fourth of July celebration/Events kick off at 6:30PM with relay races, bouncers and games for the whole family, and food and beverages available for purchase-Fireworks at 9PM/Paul Mason Sportsplex 2525 N Pinal Ave-Casa Grande 421-8677www.casagrandechamber.org

All 4th of July events in our database

Happy 4th of July!

Free Support for pets lost on July 4th
If your pets are lost after July 4th celebrations, be sure to check the shelters/At PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell, there will also be free individualized support to help you find your pet if it is not at the shelter, July 5th thru 7th from Noon-3PM & July 8th from 10AM-1PM/Provided by No Kill Pima County, with support from Fireworks Productions of Arizona

50th Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 7:00AM - 9:00PM
Registration at 7AM for the 7th Annual Pets & People Promenade begins at 7:30AM Ramada #3/Salute to America 8AM/Awards Presentation 8:30AM (Jenn Sherwood 459-0433) “Salute to The Union” Ceremony 11:30AM-12:30PM/Chili Cook-off tasting cup presales at Noon with Judging at 12:30PM/Fort Huachuca Military displays 9AM-3PM/All Day Arts & Crafts Vendors/Fireworks Show 8PM /Veterans Memorial Park 3105 E Fry Blvd-Sierra Vista 458-7922 www.sierravistaaz.gov

Junior Ranger Field Camp 7:30AM - 1:00PM
$10/Every Tuesday through July 25th/Children ages 9 to 10 years old/This half-day camp allows children to explore the natural and cultural resources of Saguaro National Park while completing activities about the plants, animals and people of the Sonoran Desert/Saguaro National Park (West) 2700 N. Kinney Rd. 733-5158

Bisbee AZ July 4th 8:00AM
Coaster Races Tombstone Canyon 8AM/July 4th Parade at Warren BallPark 11AM/Drilling & Mucking Contest at Brewery Gulch Noon-6PM/Waterpark Activities Noon-7PM/Fireworks at dusk/City of Bisbee AZ 432-6000

Benson July 4th Celebration "Let Freedom Ring" 9:00AM - 10:00PM
The City of Benson celebrates Independence in a classic big way with a family-friendly parade/Water fight by local Fire Fighters, and all day fun in Lions Park with vendors, food, music, Children's activities throughout the day, and a spectacular Fireworks Show at night (Parade Route: north on Patagonia Street, west on 6th Street, north on Central, east on 5th Street, south of Gila Street, west on 7th St) All other Events at Lions Park 435 N. Adams St-Benson (City of Benson 586-9645) www.cityofbenson.com

Summer Movie Fun-Norm of the North (PG) 9:45AM
Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film/Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family/All Adults must be accompanied by Children (same price) Tickets are on sale now/Harkins Theatres Tucson Spectrum 18 5455 S Calle Santa Cruz 889-5588 for details

CineMark Summer Movie Clubhouse 10:00AM
$1 Goosebumps (PG) (Ten Movies in Ten Weeks $5-See Theater Manager for Details) Cinemark Park Place 20 5870 E Broadway Blvd. 745-2321

Celebrate July 4th, Old West Style 10:00AM - 5:00PM
July 1st-July 4th/Weekend celebration of history, heritage, and our precious freedom/$18.95, Free admission kids ages 11 & under/Flag ceremony and National Anthem/A special patriotic musical presentation on the Grand Palace stage/Games for kids /Old Tucson signature live stunt and comedy shows/Rides for the young and young at heart on the train, antique cars and vintage carousel/Living history presentations and historic site tours/Plus a festive parade on Tuesday, July 4th! A special July 4th show in the Grand Palace/Old Tucson 201 S. Kinney Rd. 883-0100

Family Style 4th of July 10:00AM - 8:00PM
Free/Games, hot dogs, nachos, watermelon and a Fire Engine “Squirt Down" Fireworks display at dusk/Medigovich Field North Street at 7th Street/Other family themed activities planned by Tombstone Forward. Activities in the City Park (corner of 3rd and Allen streets) include: a Red, White & Blue Lap Quilt Judging – Kids Games – Bouncy House – Entertainment – Bike, Trike, Wagon and Stroller Parade and More! Tombstone 457-3106 www.tombstoneweb.com

$4 Ruben Tuesdays! 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Katy will get you a Ruben, a Turkey Ruben, or even a BLT for only $4! 1175 W. Miracle Mile 622-9064 www.NevadaSmithsSaloon.com

4th of July Celebration at OV Aquatic Center 12:00PM - 4:00PM
$1 for children/$3 for adults/Have fun on our interactive splash pad and giant waterslide-Games and prizes for kids/Oro Valley Aquatic Center 23 W. Calle Concordia 297-7946

Magic Tree House Space Mission 2:00PM
$14/$10/Children 3 & under Free/In Magic Tree House® Space Mission, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more/UA Science Flandrau Planetarium 1601 E University Blvd. 621-STAR

Customer Appreciation 4th of July BBQ! 2:00PM
We will be serving complimentary burgers, brats, and chicken with homemade potato salad, and mac and cheese! All of the fixin's will be included! The party starts at 2PM! *participating patrons only and the dinner menu will not be available/ 1175 W. Miracle Mile 622-9064 www.NevadaSmithsSaloon.com

The Jungle Book (1967) 2:00PM
Free/2 Times: 2PM & 5PM (Other Cartoons playing 1 hour before each movie start) Enjoy the exploit of Mowgli, orphaned as a baby and raised by a loving pack of wolves, as he grows and forges friendships with the jungle animals/Fox Tucson Theatre 17 W Congress St. 547-3040

Let Freedom Sing~Salute to the Armed Forces 3:00PM
$10/$25 A musical celebration of our nation’s birthday with Big Band Express and the Let Freedom Sing Choir and so many more! UA Centennial Hall 1020 E University Blvd. www.arts-express.org/event/let-freedom-sing OR 319-0400

Florence Freedom Fest 3:00PM - 9:00PM
Start, your day at our community pool, then head down to Heritage Park for a day filled with activities, mud volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament, corn hole tournament, inflatables, food vendors, a live band and of course, Fireworks/Heritage Park 600 N Main St-Florence 868-7589 or www.florenceazchamber.com

Cooking With Prickly Pear (Talk) 3:15PM - 3:45PM
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet/A live cooking demo will show you how to prepare and cook prickly pear-Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible/Saguaro National Park (West) 2700 N. Kinney Rd. 733-5158 (Park Entrance fee applies $15 per vehicle/weekly pass-both districts of the park)

Touring The Solar System 4:00PM
$14/$10/Under 3 Free/We’ll explore moons, asteroids, the Milky Way and beyond-With one of our talented planetarium operators steering the spaceship, this is a fun, fascinating ride/UA Science Flandrau Planetarium 1601 E University Blvd. 621-STAR

Get your Shake before the Fireworks! 4:00PM - 7:00PM
With temperatures almost at 120 degrees, Arby’s is offering Tucson a way to cool off and enjoy July 4th/All Tucson & Sierra Vista area Arby’s will give away free 16oz Liger Milkshakes (mix of two Arby’s favorites: Orange Cream Shake and the Ultimate Chocolate Shake, with tiger-like swirled “stripes” around the inside of the cup made using Ghirardelli chocolate sauce)

City of Yuma 4th of July All American BBQ & Fireworks Spectacular 4:00PM - 10:00PM
$1 per person at the gate (3 & under free) Please help us support the Yuma Community Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food items/pie eating contests, hot dog eating contest and more! Dry slides and jumpy castles and a splash zone with the Yuma Fire department water cannon and large water slides as well as activities and games for the whole family to enjoy/Patriotic entertainment, ceremonies and a live performance of the National Anthem/25 minute spectacular fireworks display! Desert Sun Stadium 1280 Desert Sun Dr-Yuma (City of Yuma 928-373-5000) www.yumaaz.gov

Marana's Spectacular Independence Day Celebration 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Enjoy live music, dozens of food trucks, inflatables for the kids, two beer gardens for the parents, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show/Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 North Silverbell Rd. (Town of Marana 382-1900)

Oro Valley 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Free/Kid's Activities, face painting, tie-dye t-shirts, patriotic crafts, walk climbing activities and jumping castles-Food Trucks-Live Music & So Much More! Naranja Park 810 W. Naranja Dr. (Town of Oro Valley 229-4700)

"A" Mountain Downtown Fireworks 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Special events happening before the show at the Tucson Convention Center-Parking is free! The best viewing spot for the fireworks Downtown is at the TCC’s parking lot B/Food Vendors Selling Hamburgers and Hot Dogs/Fire Works at 9PM! TCC 260 S. Church Ave.

2nd Annual Fourth of July Diamonds in the Sky Celebration! 6:00PM
Tucson Saguaros vs. Monterey AmberJacks baseball game! Giveaways, games, food, activities for kids and a post-game fireworks display/General admission tickets only $4 & free for kids 5 & under/Congresswoman Martha McSally will sing the national anthem & Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez will throw the first pitch/Purchase tickets at the Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way 8AM-4PM Monday- Friday/Reserved seating tickets available only on the Tucson Saguaros website for $11-$15/Pecos League AA Baseball/Free Parking/Kino Sports Complex 2500 E Ajo Way 434-1339 (Gates Open 5PM)

Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Free! Laughter as a form of exercise for peace and healing/Quaker meeting House 931 N. 5th Ave (Enter on Arizona Ave between 5th & 6th Ave. just North of 2nd St. (Everyone is welcome, Drop-in or call 490-5500)

Red, White and Boom! 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Family friendly event with Children’s activities 6PM-10PM/Live music from 7PM-10PM/Fireworks at 9PM and a food truck rally during the entire event! Sahuarita Lake Park-15466 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd-Sahuarita 445-7850

Jazz Night 6:30PM
Tune into Tom Walbank every week, followed by a special guest at 8:30PM/Sky Bar 536 N 4th Ave. 622-4300

Fourth of July Fireworks Show & Activities 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Free/Join us for great food, games and a traditional old fashioned Fourth of July celebration/Events kick off at 6:30PM with relay races, bouncers and games for the whole family, and food and beverages available for purchase-Fireworks at 9PM/Paul Mason Sportsplex 2525 N Pinal Ave-Casa Grande (Matt 421-8677 (677 x450) www.casagrandechamber.org

Spider Guy! 7:00PM
Mild mannered student, Billy Baker is just like any other student at Excelsior Junior College until a science experiment goes terribly wrong/When he is bitten by a genetically altered spider, Billy assumes powers and abilities he never dreamed of, but now he faces a difficult choice! Should he remain an average college student or use his new powers to help the imperiled citizens of Center City? Adults $21.95/Seniors, Students, Military $17.95/Children $9.95/ 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428 www.TheGaslightTheatre.com (SEE SPIDER GUY ARTICLE)

Tucson Blues Dancers 7:00PM - 10:30PM
Dancing lesson every Tuesday night from 7-7:30PM/Then open dancing from 7:30-10:30PM ($1 or more donation happily encouraged-We are raising money to get a better sound system) First half hour basic lesson, then intermediate lesson each week/DJ'd music-first hour and 15 minutes 50% more traditional, 50% alternative, second hour and 15 minutes, 70% fusion, 30% traditional/We encourage a mix of fusion in music and dancing/Fun for all ages/Friendly and welcoming group-No need for a partner, everyone dances with everyone else during the lesson and afterward/CeeDee's Jamaican Kitchen 5305 E. Speedway 795-3400

Fourth of July Party! 7:30PM
Free 21+/Celebrate 4th of July at Hotel Congress with a fireworks before and after party! Music by La Cerca, Architecture and more! Hotel Congress 311 E Congress St. 622-8848

Jaws! Outdoor Screening 7:30PM - 10:00PM
$8/$6 (1975) PG/This 4th of July, the fireworks will have teeth as you experience the greatest summer fright flick of all-time at a wet-n-wild outdoor screening that will make you glad you’re nowhere near the ocean! In addition to the safe land-locked seating, a limited number of water-filled kiddie pools with complimentary inner tubes will be available for purchase($10 very limited), for those who want the totally terrifying Jaws viewing experience (two people limit per pool)! Just when you thought it was safe to go to The Loft....The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. 795-0844 (The Curry Pot Food Truck 6PM-10PM)

Open Jam with Deacon 8:00PM
Bring your instruments! Chicago Bar 5954 E. Speedway Blvd. 748-8169

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz 8:00PM
Free, 21+/Great Prizes/Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St-On the Plaza 622-8848

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