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

By Carrie Francis

Note: This page will be updated leading up to July 4, 2018 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 2018, 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 day, and have a great time!

Great local events for July 4, 2018

51st Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 7AM-9PM
Registration at 7AM for the 8th Annual Pets & People Promenade begins at 7:30AM-9AM Ramada #3/Salute to America 8AM/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 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 586-9645 www.cityofbenson.com

Celebrate July 4th, Old West Style (Daily 10AM-5PM)
July 4th-July 8th/Celebration of history, heritage, and our precious freedom/$19.95, 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/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 398-2252

Family Style 4th of July 10AM-8PM
Free/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 9AM-4PM
$1 for children/$3 for adults/Pool Open 9AM-Noon/Celebration 1PM-4PM/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 3PM
$10/$25 A musical celebration of our nation’s birthday! Centennial Hall 1020 E University Blvd. www.arts-express.org/event/let-freedom-sing OR 319-0400

4th 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! Ray Kroc Complex 1280 Desert Hills Dr-Yuma www.yumaaz.gov

22nd Annual "A" Mountain Downtown Fireworks 7PM-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, arts & crafts , jumping castles-20 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, Nearly 30 food trucks, inflatables for the kids, beer garden for the parents, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show/Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 North Silverbell Rd. www.maranaaz.gov

 3rd Annual Fourth of July Diamonds in the Sky Celebration! 6PM
All-Star baseball game featuring the Sun Belt College League Giveaways, games, food, activities for kids and a post-game fireworks display/General admission tickets only $4 & free for kids 5 & under/Purchase advance tickets at the Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way 8AM-4PM Monday- Friday for 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, Live Music and Food Trucks! Whatever Floats Your Boat at 6:30PM/Bring Your Blankets & Lawn Chairs, Fireworks At 9PM! Sahuarita Lake Park-15466 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd-Sahuarita www.sahuaritaaz.gov

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 421-8677 www.casagrandechamber.org

All 4th of July events in our database

Creature Conservation Summer Camp at (Register Today!)
"Reptiles, Insects & Amphibians, Oh My!" July 23rd-27th 8:30AM-4PM each day/For Kids Ages 5-9 years old/Discover animals that live in your backyard and around the world through museum explorations, hands-on science activities, live animal encounters, crafts and games/Each day is filled with fun and learning about habitats, adaptations, animal interactions, conservation and more/Two snacks are provided each day; please bring your lunch www.thewildlifemuseum.org/calendar/summercamp/register (Registration deadline is July 16th) $120/student or $100/museum member (Special Deal for Tucson Happenings! Write Promo Code TH2018 on your registration form to receive $10 off) Questions? Contact Katie at 629-0100 ext. 311/ 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. 629-0100 www.thewildlifemuseum.org

Happy 4th of July!

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure!
Turn Tucson into a giant game board with this Family Fun Scavenger Hunt Adventure! Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour/Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history! Play the game, See the sights, and Experience Tucson in a whole new way! www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/tucson/default.aspx (Save 20%/Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: TUCSONHAPPENINGS)

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Enjoy a new, fun & challenging experience at Tucson’s ! Our 7 escape rooms offer a live experience where groups of two or more are locked in a keenly decorated room or series of rooms/Participants are challenged to use their knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a collaborative setting/Race against the clock to find all the clues, solve all the puzzles and unlock the final key to escape-Whether you escape or fail, your group will leave smiling and wanting to do more! 406 N. Church Ave. 222-7395 www.AceOfEscape.com Promo code: "SUMMER" for 20% off (By appointment only)

Tenth Annual Fourth of July 5k Freedom Run/Walk 6:30AM
Day Of Registration 5:30AM/Golf Links Sports Complex-Ramada #3 2400 S. Craycroft Rd. www.taggrun.com

51st Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 7:00AM - 9:00PM
Registration at 7AM for the 8th Annual Pets & People Promenade 7AM-9AM Ramada #3/Salute to America 8AM/“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/Live Entertainment-All Day Arts & Crafts Vendors/Fireworks Show 8PM/Veterans Memorial Park 3105 E Fry Blvd-Sierra Vista 458-7922 www.sierravistaaz.gov

Tucson Petting Zoo! 8:00AM
$8 a person/Open Hours Open 8AM-11AM OR 6PM-8PM/Includes food for all the animals and a full tour! Come down and meet capybaras, tortoise, goats, chickens, porcupines and lots more! s 2405 W. Wetmore Rd. 399-6555 www.tucsonpettingzoo.com OR www.facebook.com/FunnyFootFarm

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

4th of July Celebration at OV Aquatic Center 9:00AM - 4:00PM
$1 for children/$3 for adults/Pool Open 9AM-Noon/Celebration 1PM-4PM/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

Happy 4th of July Brave Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen! 9:00AM - 4:15PM
Free admission with your military ID! 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. 629-0100 www.thewildlifemuseum.org

Benson July 4th Celebration 9:00AM - 10:00PM
The City of Benson celebrates Independence in a classic big way with a family-friendly parade 9AM/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

NW Tucson Quilts of Valor 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Quilts of Valor is a national community service initiative that brings together quilters whose mission is to cover service members & veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor/Join us the 1st Wednesday of the month to sew, socialize, and share your appreciation of quilting and gratitude to service members & veterans/Oro Valley Library 1305 W. Naranja Dr. 594-5580

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Free/Assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others, kids can make authentic adobe bricks to take home, free hot dogs, nachos, watermelon, and lemonade! “Squirt-Down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department/Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 1 Burruel St-Tubac 398-2252

Tucson History (Keep Cool Summer idea) 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Free admission-Donations Welcome/Wednesdays-Fridays/Exhibits depict early Tucson businesses and homes and the development of Downtown Tucson, including drugstores, police and fire departments, and the Romero barbershop/Downtown History Museum 140 N. Stone Ave in the Wells Fargo Bank building 770-1473 (Free parking available in the Wells Fargo garage on Alameda St-Bring your parking ticket into the museum to be validated)

Celebrate July 4th, Old West Style 10:00AM - 5:00PM
July 4th-July 8th/Celebration of history, heritage, and our precious freedom/$19.95, 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/PA special July 4th show in the Grand Palace/Old Tucson 201 S. Kinney Rd. 883-0100

Mountain Lions: Beyond the Myth (Talk) 10:15AM - 11:00AM
Envision a puma stalking its prey, then uncover the true nature of this elusive but essential predator/Misunderstood, maligned, and nearly eradicated by settlers, the cougar remains threatened by human encroachment-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)

Eos Planetarium Theater Shows 2:00PM
$16/$12, Under 3 free/Legends of the Nigh Sky at 2PM (Younger Audiences) Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at 4PM (General Audiences) UA Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium 1601 E University Blvd. 621-STAR

Let Freedom Sing 3:00PM
$10/$25 A musical celebration of our nation’s birthday! UA Centennial Hall 1020 E University Blvd. www.arts-express.org/event/let-freedom-sing OR 319-0400

Customer Appreciation 4th of July BBQ! 3:00PM - 8:00PM
Complimentary dinner for our patrons! Burgers, Brats, world famous Mac and Cheese, and all the fixins’!! We celebrate this Independence Day with YOU!! 1175 W. Miracle Mile 622-9064 www.NevadaSmithsSaloon.com

Gnatman! 4:00PM
Adults $21.95/Seniors, Students, Military $19.95/Children $11.95/Mammoth City can breathe a sigh of relief now that Gnatman has captured the sinister Jester and this Master of Mayhem is safely behind bars... OR IS HE? Suddenly, the masked crusader is faced with his biggest challenge yet/Not only is the Jester back, he has enlisted the Legion of E.V.I.L.! Will Gnatman alone be able to ward off this threat or will he need help from a very unlikely source? Join us and find out what tricks the Jester has up his sleeve and how Gnatman will keep Mammoth City free of crime! 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 886-9428 www.TheGaslightTheatre.com (SEE GNATMAN ARTICLE)

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/2 minute spectacular fireworks display! Ray Kroc Complex 1280 Desert Hills Dr-Yuma www.yumaaz.gov

July 4th Festival and Fireworks 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Parking $10 per car/Free admission-Featuring Live entertainment-Kid’s Fun Zone-Food Booths and more/Fireworks at 8:30PM/Tubac Golf Resort 398-3532

4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Enjoy live music by: 5:40PM Alien Atmosphere/6:20PM Little House of Funk/7PM Drew Cooper/7:40PM Silent Rival/8:20PM Steff and the Articles/Nearly 30 food vendors, inflatables for the kids, beer gardens for the parents, and of course, a magnificent fireworks show/Crossroads at Silverbell District Park 7548 N. Silverbell Rd. www.Maranaaz.gov

Oro Valley 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Free/Kid's Activities, face painting, arts & crafts, walk climbing activities and jumping castles-20 Food Trucks-Live Music & So Much More! Naranja Park 810 W. Naranja Dr. (Town of Oro Valley 229-4700)

Line Dance Classes 5:30PM
Open dancing from 5:30PM-6PM/Beginner class from 6PM-6:45PM/Improver class from 6:45PM-7:30PM and Open dancing again from 7:30PM-8PM/All for only $5/The Maverick Country Club 6622 E Tanque Verde Rd. (Art 609-1830)

3rd Annual Fourth of July Diamonds in the Sky Celebration! 6:00PM
Festivities include an All-Star baseball game featuring the Sun Belt College League, live music by Rhythm Edition, giveaways at the door, games, food, activities for kids and a post-game fireworks display/General admission tickets only $4 & free for kids 5 & under/Purchase advance tickets at the Kino Sports Complex 2500 E. Ajo Way 8AM-4PM Monday-Friday for Free Parking/Kino Sports Complex 2500 E Ajo Way 724-5466 (Gates Open 5PM)

Canned Food Night 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Skate to End Hunger! Bring 2 canned food items to get 1 free admission/Skate rental is an additional $3/Benefits the Community Food Bank/Skate Country 7980 E. 22nd St 298-4409

Fourth of July Party 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Celebrate the United States of America's 242nd birthday with BBQ, glass art demonstrations, make-your-own glass projects, "A" Mountain fireworks, and an educational talk on U.S. Glass/Entry is $5 with kids 12 & under admitted free! Sonoran Glass School 633 W. 18th St. 884-7814 www.sonoranglass.org/fourthofjuly

Red, White and Boom! 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Family friendly event with Children’s activities, Live Music and Food Trucks! Whatever Floats Your Boat at 6:30PM/Bring Your Blankets & Lawn Chairs, Fireworks At 9PM! Sahuarita Lake Park-15466 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd-Sahuarita www.sahuaritaaz.gov/198/Events

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 www.casagrandechamber.org

22nd Annual "A" Mountain Downtown Fireworks 7:00PM - 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.

Loft Solar Cinema-Free Outdoor Screening in Bisbee, AZ! 8:00PM
Brimstone & Glory (2017-NR) From the creative team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild comes the astonishing, explosive, ecstatic documentary, Brimstone & Glory. The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of extravagant festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days-Please bring your own seating/City Park in Historic Bisbee 62 Brewery Ave-Bisbee

Fourth of July Party 8:00PM
Free music with Tucson’s favorite neo-soul-jazz-hip hop ensemble, Street Blues Family, and Quinn DeVeaux from Austin, Texas! Of course, we’ll have a break to go outside and watch the fireworks, plus drink specials to keep you cool/The Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St. 792-6366

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