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Jul 3, 2012 12:18 PM

Lots of July 4th events and celebrations happening around town

TUCSON - Independence Day is this Wednesday! Below is a list of some of the fireworks displays and other events planned for this July 4 (and earlier).

-18th Anniversary Fireworks Display at Casino Del Sol
According to casino representatives: "Tuesday July 3 9:00 PM Come out and celebrate our 18th Anniversary with the largest fireworks display in Tucson. Fireworks display will begin at approximately 9pm. This event is free and open to the general public."

-Tucson Padres baseball game and fireworks show

Tucson Padres representatives say: "The best fireworks show in Tucson is at Kino Stadium on Tuesday, July 3 as the Padres take on the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 pm. The fireworks show will be after the game. Be sure to get your tickets fast - July 3 is expected to be one of our biggest crowds this season. We also have fireworks shows on: Saturday, 4/7, Friday, 5/4, Saturday, 6/9, Saturday, 6/30, Saturday, 7/28 and Saturday, 8/25."

-‘A' Mountain Annual Fireworks Celebration
The Tucson tradition continued with fireworks on ‘A' Mountain scheduled to begin at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

"The City of Tucson sincerely appreciates the support from Desert Diamond Casinos to help continue this proud tradition in our community," said City Manager Richard Miranda. "The City of Tucson and the Tohono O'Odham Nation continue to sustain and solidify a strong partnership in preserving and promoting community events. A special thanks goes to Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild in this effort. Independence Day is a national holiday and the City is again honored to offer a location where the community can safely celebrate this important day with a patriotic display of fireworks."

Some suggested viewing locations include:

• Tucson Convention Center Parking Lot B, off Granada Ave. between Congress St. and Cushing St. Parking is free and food/drinks will be sold from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• 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 northeastquadrant of I-10 and Congress Street

More into from the City of Tucson:

"Because of construction of the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar in Downtown Tucson, motorists are encouraged to use 22nd Street and the I-10 frontage roads to reach the viewing locations. To minimize the impacts on the area residents, Mission Road will be closed from Starr Pass Boulevard to Congress Street beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the show. Mission Road will reopen once traffic clears from the viewing locations. Motorists are asked to avoid using residential streets west of I-10 as parking areas and as ingress and egress to the free parking locations."

More info here: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/home/announcement/mountain-annual-fireworks-celebration

-‘A' Mountain Fireworks Party @ Mercado

Mercado San Agustin in Downtown Tucson will feature food trucks, a pig roast, live music and cold drinks from 5 - 10 p.m., with a perfect view spot for the A Mountain fireworks, set to start around 9pm. Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 461-1110.

More info here:

http://www.downtowntucson.org/event/a-mountain-fireworks-party-mercado/

-Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Announces 4th of July Celebration

WHO: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, AAA Four-Diamond resort located in the picturesque foothills of Santa Catalina Mountains

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2011

WHERE: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona, 85704
WHAT: Independence Day celebration featuring fun-filled day of games, music and delicious food, culminating with an awe-inspiring 30-minute fireworks show.

According to a news release from Hilton:

"The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with poolside activities, games and music at the Desert Springs Pool. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. hotel guests can sample the delectable all-American Barbecue dinner buffet hosted at the historic "Last Territory." Prices for resort guests are $27 for adults and $12 for children five -12 years old. Non-resort guests can also enjoy this festive dinner and stay for the fireworks show for $32 for adults and $15 for children five to 12 years old. Kids 4 and younger eat free! Reservations Required. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

"The evening continues with a live DJ and a live performance by the Twilight Band starting at 7 p.m. at Pusch Ridge Golf Course and wraps up with an unforgettable fireworks display at 9 p.m."

More info here: http://www.hiltonelconquistador.com/recreation/events-calendar/index.cfm?eventId=EV_20120620104708252065#events

-"Let Freedom Sing" at UA's Centennial Hall

Non-profit Arts Express will again present "Let Freedom Sing," a patriotic musical show celebrating our nation's birthday. Here is information from their website:

"Tucson's 28th annual patriotic presentation of Let Freedom Sing promises to be another heartwarming celebration of our nation's birthday. With the 2012 theme Made In America, this large-scale patriotic variety show will include inspirational music presented by the Arts Express Choir and Orchestra, featuring several of Tucson's most talented artists. Dr. Joan Ashcraft, Co-Artistic Director of Arts Express will direct the production involving over a hundred singers and instrumentalists.

"Also included will be narration and messages celebrating the American Dream and honoring those who protect our freedom. As always, veterans and active duty military will be honored with a Salute to the Armed Forces. Historic American flags will be displayed and the audience will be invited to sing along to several well-known patriotic songs.

"Admission to this celebration of America's birthday will be free. A ticket, however, will be required for guaranteed seating. Individuals may request up to four tickets at the link below or by calling (520) 319-0400. Please call if more than four tickets are needed. A minimum donation of $10/adult is suggested and will be gladly accepted to defray concert expenses, and to support Arts Express arts education youth scholarships. Those attending without a ticket will be seated, as space is available. Don't miss this long-standing Tucson tradition."

http://www.arts-express.org/let-freedom-sing/

-Marana's Star-Spangled Spectacular

Visit Marana's Arizona Pavilions district on July 4 for an evening of patriotic fun and excitement.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4
6:00 p.m. Festivities Begin
9:00 p.m. Fireworks Show

WHERE: Arizona Pavilions District - Near I-10 and Cortaro Road

At Crossroads at Silverbell Park there will be a movie, kids activities and games. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the fireworks show.

The Movie in the Park will be "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" and will start at 7:45 p.m.

By order of Northwest Fire District, no consumer fireworks are allowed at the event.

More info here: http://www.marana.com/index.aspx?nid=1008

-Old-Fashioned Fourth
Tubac is hosting an old fashioned Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 am to 12 noon. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for kids, a dunk tank, free hot dogs and watermelon and a "squirt down" courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department. This event is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce and local non profit organizations. The event is free to the public - www.tubacaz.com 520-398-2704.

If you know of an event that is not on this list, send an e-mail to: icross@kvoa.com

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