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Happy Fourth of July!

Last month, we saw the city undergo a star-spangled transformation when local businesses flaunted the flag's colors, decorating the streets of Downtown Tucson. This week we celebrate that culmination of our patriotic pride whether with the crowds in the city or with family, for backyard sparklers and BBQ.

Every July, Tucsonans look up together for the summer staple ‘A’ mountain fireworks.

This year’s display is expected to begin at 9:15 p.m. from Sentinel Peak, weather permitting. While there are ample viewing areas, you’ll want to make sure you head out to claim an area ASAP. Arguably, the best way to fourth-of-july it is to hop on the SunLink streetcar.

Keep cool while connecting throughout the cities festivities from Main Gate Square down Fourth Avenue across Downtown and arrive to the Mercado San Agustin just in time for sky-rocketing spectacular!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Fireworks Extravaganza

  • Where: AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd.
  • When: Doors at 7 p.m., beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

This July not only marks the 241th anniversary of Independence Day in the U.S. but also the celebration of Casino Del Sol's 23rd birthday!

The whole family is invited to join in on this FREE event featuring live music and food specials throughout the evening. Look on up at night for a fireworks show that is guaranteed to not disappoint.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'A' Mountain Fireworks Celebration

  • Where: Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Parking Lot B, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson
  • When: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

You've probably seen the 'A' Mountain fireworks but come see it like this!

Park your car in the parking lot next to the TCC to watch the fireworks light up the night sky. Stock up with goodies or load up with food trucks and vendors, whom will be available all evening.

Sounds of America Celebration

  • Where: Main Gate Square, 800 E. University Blvd.
  • When: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., 'A' Mountain fireworks approx., 9:15 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

If you're heading to Let Freedom Sing at the UA's Centennial Hall this Fourth of July, then complete the experience with a night out on Main Gate Square for the Sounds of America Celebration!

Jam along to several live performances occuring simultaneously. From jazz and blues to bluegrass, folk and classic rock too, there is a little something for everyone. Stop by your favorite restaurant for happy hour specials and partake in giveaways on top of additional Fourth of July specials!

Oro Valley's 4th of July Celebration

  • Where: Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr.
  • When: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Celebrate the Fourth of July with this family-friendly outdoor event in Oro Valley!

There will be live music, food trucks, and fireworks. Kids can also participate in free activities including face painting, tie-dye shirt making, patriotic crafts, an obstacle course, and jumping castles. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.

Although this is a great event for kids and adults, please leave your pets at home.

Marana's Star Spangled Spectacular

  • Where: Main Event: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Rd.  
    • Staff/Handicap parking at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park; General parking at the Fry's and Walmart parking lots in Arizona Pavilions, 8285 N. Cortaro Rd; FREE shuttle service from Twin Peaks Elementary School, 7995 W. Twin Peaks Rd.
  • When: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Marana is pulling out all the stops to bring you a Fourth of July celebration unlike any other...

Its easier now to join in on the fun! Several nearby lots will be providing ample parking space, while this year a FREE shuttle service will run every 15 minutes from the main event at Crossroads to the designated shuttle pick-up/drop-off at Twin Peaks Elementary School. The first shuttle will depart at 4 p.m. from the school and the final shuttle of the night will depart Crossroads at 10:30 p.m. Handicap shuttle service will be available as well as, handicap parking at the main event's venue. 

With a name like Star Spangled Spectacular, this event will be stocked! Everyone can get in on the fun featuring inflatables for kids, foodies can splurge among the dozens of delicious vendors and trucks or form a team to pitch a game of cornhole and rock out across two live music stages. Adults even sip on through two beer gardens before the whole family settles in by 9 p.m. for the show in the sky! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

First Thursdays at Madaras Gallery

  • Where: Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Rd.
  • When: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Call a sitter for couple hours or bring your little art enthusiast along to the Madaras Gallery!

Enjoy one of the Southwest’s most admire artist, Diana Madaras and her gallery which houses exquisite artwork. A cheese and wine social will be held, come talk art and even chat with Madaras, herself.

Also if July is your birthday month, receive a complimentary gift on behalf of the gallery!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Movies in the Park - The Secret Life of Pets

  • Where: Reid Park Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 920 S. Concert Pl.
  • When: Activities at 6 p.m., movie showing approx. at dusk, 7:45 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Peer inside The Secret Life of Pets with an outdoor screening this Friday evening, courtesy of Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts & Culture Alliance.

With the sun about to set and as degrees dial down, pack up the family and head over to Reid Park. Arrive early, layout some chairs and a picnic blanket to secure your spot in front of the big screen.

Dinner is even figured out too! Starting at 6 p.m., concessions will be available for purchase from food trucks parked on site. Kids can also have their faces painted, hop around in jumping castles or get crafty with arts demonstrations, all FREE to the public.

When dusk approaches show time begins! Kick back and settle in for a fun family-friendly comedy!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Second Saturdays Downtown

  • Where: Downtown Tucson
  • When: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Second Saturdays gathers Tucsonans together to stroll the streets downtown for a block party like no other!

Shop around hot deals from Downtown merchants and save at your favorite restaurants or grab a bite on the go from one of the dozen food trucks and watch live music and street entertainment throughout the night while you barhop.

Pull into the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum at 414 N. Toole with the kids for a FREE movie, this is in addition to many fun activities families can participate in from the Rialto to the Fox Theatre.

Get out and spend a night with the city!

Art After Dark

  • Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.
  • When: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., during Second Saturdays Downtown
  • Cost: FREE

Every second Saturday, the Children's Museum Tucson hosts two local arts groups at the museum for FREE hands-on fun, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Step outside on courtyard or cool down inside, both filled with engaging activities to keep the kids occupied! Children must be accompanied by adult. 


Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.