Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Activities in Tucson and Surrounding Communities

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The city's 4th of July display over A Mountain. - LEIGH SPIGELMAN
  • Leigh Spigelman
  • The city's 4th of July display over A Mountain.


Tucson and its surrounding communities will be offering the public plenty of ways to celebrate their independence this July 4.

All events take place on July 4 unless marked otherwise: 

Marana will be holding its annual Star Spangled Spectacular at Crossroads at Sliverbell District Park (7548 N. Silverbell Road). The festivities will take place between 5 and 9:30 p.m., with something for the whole family. Kids will enjoy inflatable play equipment, airbrush tattoos, games put on by Parks and Recreation, and the park's playground. Parents will enjoy Catalina Brewing Company’s beer garden. There will be two stages with live music playing all night long. The Star Spangled Spectacular will feature 35 vendors, 22 of which will serve food. Of course the event would not be complete without a fireworks show, which claims to be the most spectacular in
Southern Arizona.

Oro Valley’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place at the James D. Kriegh Park (23 W. Calle Concordia) from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Free activities for kids include face painting, tie-dye t-shirts, patriotic crafts, climbing walls and jumping castles. Residents can enjoy a selection of 10 food
trucks and live entertainment all night long. At 9 p.m. there will be a fireworks show provided by Hilton El Conquistador Resort. The town of Oro Valley asks that you please leave your pets at home.

The Stars and Stripes Extravaganza is a ticketed public event in Oro Valley hosted by Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort (10000 N. Oracle Road) The event kicks off with a classic barbecue buffet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by classic July Fourth desserts like apple pie. There will be a 30 minute fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12, children under four are get in for free. The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort will have reduced rates for the holiday weekend, with prices starting at $139 with a two night minimum. Hotel guests will receive a discount on tickets for the extravaganza: $49 for adults and $20 for children 5-12.


Casino Del Sol
 (5655 W. Valencia Road) is commemorating 22 years in Tucson this Fourth of July weekend with first class entertainment, and fun for everyone. On Friday, July 1 guests 21 and older will be able to enjoy Black Eyed Peas tribute band Black Eyed Tease at 9 p.m. in the Casino Del Sol Event Center. On July 2 Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias takes to the AVA Amphitheater stage, tickets start at $65. Sunday July 3 at 8 p.m. Casino Del Sol will hold its annual fireworks show. The fireworks show is free, and open to all ages. Finally, Casino Del Sol invites you to celebrate the Fourth of July with the Classic Rock Band KISS on their “Freedom to Rock” tour at the AVA Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $100 and are still available. After the show there will be a free 21 and over performance at 10:30 p.m. in the Casino Del Sol Event Center by MiniKiss, a KISS tribute band comprised of little people.

On the UA Campus this July Fourth Centennial Hall will be hosting a concert celebrating our nation’s birthday called Let Freedom Sing. The concert begins at 3 p.m., featured artists include The Manhattan Dolls, Big Band Express, Armen Dirtadian and Kathy Jenkins. USA club seating is $25, and general seating is $10. Children under eight get in free. All proceeds support the Arts Education Scholarship Fund benefiting local youth.

The Sonoran Glass School (633 W. 18th Street) will be holding a Fourth of July Party from 6 to 10 p.m. Activities include glass blowing demonstrations, make-your-own glass projects, and a fireworks show. The event will be catered by BrushFire BBQ. Entrance is $5, children under 12 get in free. Price of entry does not include the price of food, or the make-your-own glass projects.

Hacienda Del Sol will be holding their third annual Red White and Brew celebration on July 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event offers Live Music from the Rillito River Band, outdoor grilling, an indoor buffet and craft beer tasting. Costs are $45 per person, $30 without beer tasting, $15 for
kids age 7-14, and free for kids age six and under.

Tucsonans are invited to gather for a free Fourth of July event at the Tucson Convention Center before the official city sponsored fireworks show at 9 p.m., which can be seen from A Mountain. The fireworks show at A Mountain can be seen from all over Tucson.

July Fourth is Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum (4800 W. Gates Pass Road). The International Wildlife Museum is offering free admission with military I.D
as a thank you to the men and women who serve in our armed forces.


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