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How will you celebrate Independence Day in Tucson?
Perhaps you will…Wear red, white, and blue? Eat some corn on the cob and watermelon? Splash by the pool? Belt out The Star Spangled Banner? Salute the American Flag? Spend time with a veteran? Ooh and awe at the fireworks?
You may also want to attend one of these events:
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013
Fourth Annual 4th of July 5K Freedom Walk/Run. Golf Links Sports Complex Ramada #3, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd, Tucson. Registration and bib pick-up begins at 5:30am. Race begins at 6:30am. $20-$30, depending on date of registration.
July 4 Celebration in Sierra Vista (approximately 80 minutes from Tucson). 7:00am – 9:00pm. Pets & People Promenade, arts & crafts vendors, military displays, fireworks at 8:05pm. Free.
Old Fashioned 4th of July in Tubac (approximately 55 minutes from Tucson). 10:00am – 12:00pm. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for kids, free hot dogs and watermelon and a “squirt down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department. Free.
Kids Storytime at Calvary Chapel EAST. 8711 E. Speedway, Tucson. 10:00am-11:00am. Stories, songs, games, crafts. Bring your Bible for a special treat.
Davis-Monthan 4th of July Celebration. 10:00am-10:00pm. Pool party, games, fireworks at 9:00pm. *The 4th of July celebration is limited to those with base access, though the fireworks display will be visible to neighborhoods surrounding the base.
Patagonia 4th of July Celebration (approximately 70 minutes from Tucson). 11:00am. Country parade, live music, games, BBQ dinner, fireworks show. Free.
Mt. Lemmon Annual Parade. 12:00pm. The Rockin’ Star Ranch will be offering a petting zoo, pony rides, miniature horse cart rides, & full size horse rides! Note that the road up to Mt Lemmon will be closed at 11:30am – please allow enough time for parking, etc.
“Let Freedom Sing” Concert. University of Arizona, Centennial Hall, 2010 E. University Blvd., Tucson. 3:00pm. The 29 annual patriotic presentation of Let Freedom Sing will be another heartwarming celebration of our nation’s birthday. With the 2013 theme From Sea to Shining Sea, this large-scale patriotic variety show will include inspirational music presented by the Arts Express Choir and Orchestra, featuring some of Tucson’s most talented artists. General seating is free; reserved seating is $30.
4th of July Celebration in Oro Valley. James D. Kriegh Park, 23 w. Calle Concordia, and Oro Valley Aquatic Center. Festivities begin at 3:00pm. Fireworks at 9:00pm. Live music, bounce house, rock climbing wall, soda toss, watermelon relay, diving board contest, food trucks. Free Admission. $2 for Adults and $1 for Children for use of Oro Valley Aquatic Center.
$4 Picnic on the 4th of July. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. 4:00pm-7:00pm. Stop by the Gardens on your way to the fireworks where you’ll pay just $4 admission – of course it is free for those under 4! Staff will have the grill sizzling. Bite into a juicy hot dog, chips and a beverage for just $4. “Take your grilled goodies anywhere in the Gardens and enjoy the shady oasis as the perfect start to your Independence Day festivities.”
Red White & Bluegrass BBQ Buffet. Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana. 6:00pm-9:o0pm. BBQ buffet and live entertainment. $40 for adults; $30 for children.
Marana Star Spangled Spectacular. Arizona Pavilions District, near I-10 and Cortaro Road. There will be a movie in the park at Crossroads at Silverbell Park at 6:00pm and fireworks at 9:00pm. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs. Free.
Red White & Brew BBQ. Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd., Tucson. 6:00pm-10:00pm. Swimming, live music, local breweries, BBQ. $20 for adults; $12 for kids.
Stars & Stripes Classic BBQ. Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson. 6:00pm-9:30pm. “Enjoy a BBQ buffet, live entertainment, and a spectacular 30-min. fireworks display. Prices are $39 adults/$19 children, with discounted rates available for resort guests. For guests wishing to linger for a longer weekend, room rates start at $129 per night and include a variety of activities from our summer Edu-tainment series.”
Fireworks on the 4th presented by Hope Community Church. Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley. 7:00pm-10:00pm. Fireworks + root beer floats. Free.
Tucson Padres’ July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson. 7:05pm. The Tucson Padres celebrates Independence Day with a game against the Las Vegas 51s. Stay afterward for a party and post-game fireworks. Tickets are $15 each for Premier, $10 each for Box Seats, $8 each for Outfield Reserved, and $7 each for Bleachers. General Admission seats are $7 per adult and $5 each for children, senior citizens, or military members.
‘A’ Mountain Annual Fireworks Celebration. Will kick-off around 9:15pm. You can enjoy the show from the Tucson Convention Center’s (TCC) Parking Lot B, which is off Granada Avenue between Congress Street and Cushing Street. Parking is free. TCC’s Food and Beverage Department will be selling food and beverages between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Other suggested viewing locations in the downtown area with free parking are:
- The 22nd Street Lot at the Interstate 10 frontage road (northeast corner)
- The Mercado West End Dirt Lot, south of Congress Street and west of the Santa Cruz River. (Vendors will be selling food)
- The City/State Parking Garage at 498 W. Congress, at the northeast quadrant of I-10 and Congress Street
July 4th Pig Roast & Festival. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenido del Convento, Tucson. 5:00pm-10:00pm. Live music, cold drinks, pig roast, food available for purchase from 10+ food trucks. Also: Watch the A-Mountain fireworks from the roof top deck. Admission is free.
4th of July Freedom Fest, Worship Under the Stars. Calvary Tucson WEST, 5170 S. Julian Dr., Tucson. 8:00pm. Live music, free hotdogs & water bottles. “Bring your lawn chair and a bag of chips and, if you desire, a dessert.” Free.
Spend the night at the Westin La Paloma and enjoy a wide variety of 4th of July activities, PLUS an “incredible laser light show timed with patriotic music in celebration of our country’s birthday.” A stunning array of spectrum-spanning laser lights will form mesmerizing patterns and optical illusions in time with uplifting music over the resort pools. Other events throughout the day will include balloon animals, an obstacle course, watermelon eating contest, live music, and a U.S.A. buffet.
Book a room at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa for a 4th of July experience. Book a room at Starr Pass and you’ll be able to participate in a variety of 4th of July activities for the whole family. The summer rate is $179 per night, which includes a $100 daily resort credit.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is also offering a line-up of 4th of July events. Activities include tennis, dive-in movies, s’mores on the cascade terrace, cookie decorating, sno cones, happy hour, and a fireworks show at 8:30pm.
DEALS & DISCOUNTS
Buy 3 items, Get the 4th FREE at Twice As Nice. There are 4 locations in Tucson: 4343 N. Oracle Rd (open til 5:00pm), 7333 E. Broadway Blvd. (open til 4:00pm), 3989 E. Grant Rd (open til 4:oopm)., and 4155 W. Ina Rd (open til 6:00pm).
50% Off any Family Meal purchase at Boston Market. Valid on July 4, 2013 only. There are 4 Boston Market locations in Tucson: 1903 E. Speedway Blvd., 4405 N. First Ave., 6610 E. Grant Rd., and 6960 E. 22nd st.
Free Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse. Valid on July 4, 2013 only. With purchase. There are two Tucson locations: 4871 E. Grant Rd. and 2240 W. Ina Rd. *Military will also receive a 10% discount on their bill.
We will be updating this post with events and shows as we receive new information. If you know about other 4th of July happenings around town, contact us!
What do YOU have planned for the 4th of July?