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Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Spark up your Fourth with a visit Downtown

It's July 4th, and you know what that means: barbeques, beer, and - most importantly - fireworks! The 17th annual A Mountain fireworks celebration will take place Thursday and downtown Tucson is ready to provide you with the full experience.

Head down early and enjoy a gourmet meal or a casual drink at any of the over 50 restaurants in downtown, offering everything from classic American grilled cheese to fine Central Mexican cuisine. Enjoy some of Tucson's finest ice cream from HUB, or cool off with a cocktail from your favorite restaurant or lounge. Three local breweries, Barrio, Borderlands and Thunder Canyon, are also located downtown, allowing anybody who visits to taste delicious Tucson brews. Once your hunger and thirst has been quenched, it's time to claim your spot to watch the show.

The Tucson Convention Center will open up Parking Lot B for people looking to enjoy the fireworks. Food and beverages will be available there from 7-10 p.m., with fireworks scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m.. Many garages also provide a great spot from which to hang out and enjoy the celebrations, and Armory Park and Barrio Viejo neighborhoods usually have their streets lined with spectators.

Make a night of it - since many people are taking a four day weekend, downtown venues will be packed with events this Thursday. As downtown's revitalization takes off, people of all ages and demographics are increasingly taking advantage of the different experiences available in the heart of Tucson. Dining, dancing, or just people watching in downtown is the thing to do. So if you haven't been downtown in a while, take advantage of the holiday to check it out for yourself. You may be surprised at how many new opportunities for a good time are available, right next to the classic venues and landmarks that we all know and love.

On a more somber note, the loss of the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew near Prescott was a horrible tragedy. Tucson musicians have teamed up with Fox Theatre to put together a concert this Sunday to benefit the families of those who were lost and show our friends and neighbors in Prescott that Tucson stands with them. All proceeds from the show, The Last Alarm Concert, will be donated to affected families. Five Way Street, Crystal Stark, The Presidio Boys, Robert Shaw and The Lonely Street Band, and special guests TBA will be performing. Pay what you can at the door - suggested donation is $20, if you can, please kick in a little more.

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Editor's note

In the Downtown Lowdown column, the Downtown Tucson Partnership's Caitlin Jensen keeps you up to date with the latest business moves and things to do in Tucson's city center. Downtown's heating up, and the Lowdown will help you keep tabs on Tucson's temperature.

Downtown events this weekend