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July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day in Tucson

Barbecue, beer and fireworks: Independence Day is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.


Free Fireworks Extravaganza at Casino Del Sol Resort — 5655 W. Valencia Rd., 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3rd

Casino Del Sol Resort presents a Free Fireworks Extravaganza as part of their 22nd Anniversary Celebration, the largest fireworks display in Tucson, at AVA Amphitheater, beginning atabout 8:30pm. Main gates at AVA will be open at 7:30 p.m. for guests to use lawn seating during the fireworks display. Free and open to the public. 1-800-344-9435

A Mountain fireworks — Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., 7-9 p.m. celebration, fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

The City of Tucson and Pima County will be hosting the annual fireworks display and celebration. You can enjoy the show from the TCC Parking Lot B, which is off Cushing Street between Granada and Church Avenue. Parking is free. TCC's Food and Beverage Department will be selling food and beverages between 7-9 p.m. Free parking is also available in the lot at 22nd Street and the I-10 frontage road, and the City/State Parking Garage at 498 W. Congress St., east of I-10. The fireworks show kicks off at about 9:15 p.m. 791-4101.

Mercado San Agustin 4th of July — 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Monday July 4th, 6 p.m.-midnight

The Mercado San Agustin is another great location to enjoy the 'A' Mountain fireworks. The lot next to the Mercado will parking and food trucks.  Inside the mercado Jimmy Carr and the Awkard Moments will be playing from 6pm to 9pm, then DJ Carl Hanni from 9pm to midnight.

FC Tucson 4th of July Blast — Kino North Stadium, 2817 E. Ajo Way, 7:30-10 p.m. on Sunday July 3rd.

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Celebrate a day early with a soccer match against LA laguna FC, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin roughly 30 minutes after the game concludes and fans will be invited to sit anywhere on the field to watch the show —just bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Tickets are $11 for adults, $7.70 for children 4-14, and children under five are free. Anyone with a valid military ID will enjoy $1 Budweiser and Bud Light as well as receive a discount on all other brands.  $1 Eegee’s frozen drinks will also be available to military personnel. Parking in the immediate area is limited due to the fireworks. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, park on the south side of Kino Sports Complex, and walk over the Ajo bridge to get to North Stadium. 334-1115.

4th of July "Diamonds in the Sky" with Tucson Saguaros Baseball Club — Kino North Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Gates open at 6p.m., game starts at 7 p.m. on Monday July 4th.

What's more American than catching a baseball game? Come out for game — pro baseball showdown between the Tucson Saguaros and the Roswell Invaders — and stay for a fireworks show, presented by Arizona Fireworks Productions.Enjoy $1 hotdogs, music, beer, discounted concessions, and giveaways. And for the kids — jumping castles, face-painting, and more.  724-KINO. Tickets are $5 (kids 5 and under are free).

Celebrate American Indepence at Old Tucson — 201 S. Kinney Rd., Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation will host an Independence Day weekend with food, family, fun and games. There will be a flag ceremony and national anthem, a special patriotic musical tribute, an adult pie-eating contest, beer tastings and menu options including hot dogs, brats, and burgers in addition to Old Tucson's famous on-site smoked BBQ selections. On Monday July 4th their will also be a festive parade. $17.95 for adults (ages 12 and over) and free for children (4-11). Admission gates close at 4 p.m. 731-5563

Let Freedom Sing — Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., 3-4:30 p.m., Monday July 4th

The Arts Express Choir and Orchestra will perform patriotic music. The show includes featured guests The Manhattan Dolls and Big Band Express as well as a long list of solo artists.$25 front of house seating. General seating is free with a $10 suggested donation. 319-0400.

Sonoran Glass School 4th of July Party — 633 W. 18th St, 6-10 p.m., Monday July 4th

Join the Sonoran Glass School for an Independence Day celebration with glass art demonstrations, make-your-own glass projects, “A” Mountain fireworks, and an educational talk on U.S. Glass. All studios will be offering patriotic-themed Make Your Own Glass Art Experiences without appointments throughout the evening.Admission is $5.Food from Brushfire BBQ will be on sale at the event. Grab a seat, BYOB, and watch the A Mountain fireworks.

Red, White, and Brew — The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd., 4-7 p.m. on Sunday July 3rd.

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Craft beer tastings, a festive buffet and entertainment by the Rillito River Band headline the annual July 4th celebration at the historic Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.  Featured is an all-favorites buffet with Brick Chicken, Pigs in the blanket, Smoked Brisket, Wagyu Beef Sliders, Wood Oven Baked Herb Citrus Stuffed Trout and Santa Maria Tri Tip plus seasonal side dishes, salads and desserts. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Food is $45 per person. $30 without beer tasting and $15 (ages 7-14) Call 520-529-3500 for reservations.

July 4th Military Appreciation — International Wildlife Museum , 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd., July 2rd-4th, 9a.m.-5 p.m.

Receive free admission with military ID, adults $9, children 4-12 years-old $4, children under 3 free. 629-0100.


Red, White and Brew BBQ— The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana. Sunday July 3rd, 6-9 p.m.A buffet-style barbecue, beer garden and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. $55 for adults ( add $20 for beer garden entry) and $20 for children under 12. 572-3000.

Star Spangled Banner Spectacular — Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, Marana.  Monday July 4th, 5-9:30 p.m.A free family event featuring kids’ activities, food trucks and vendors, live music and fireworks. 382-1946.

Oro Valley

Oro Valley Fourth of July Celebration and Pool Party — James D. Kreigh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. Monday July 4th, 5-9:30p.m.The town of Oro Valley hosts family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food trucks, patriotic crafts, jumping castles, a rock climbing wall, and t-shirt tie dying at James D. Kriegh Park.  The Oro Valley Aquatic Center will also be open from 5:00PM to 8:30PM with a soda toss, diving board contests, water polo and more.  Enjoy fireworks from the Hilton El Conquistador starting at 9 p.m. 299-4700

July 4th Holiday Buffet — Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd., 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday July 4th.

Join us on the 4th of July for our annual American Favorites Buffet Dinner at Last Territory. followed by a 30-minute fireworks show. Buffet-style barbecue includes baby back ribs, green chili pork, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken,  and veggie burgers served alongside an array of seasonal salads, side dishes and desserts. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $55; $25 for children ages 5-12; free for children under 5 years-old. 544-1244.


Red, White and Boom —Sahuarita Lake Park, 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., 6-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3rdSahuarita Parks and Recreation Department, Rancho Sahuarita and Rural Metro Fire Department will host a family friendly event with children’s activities and a food truck rally from 6 -10 p.m., Whatever Floats Your Boat race at 6:30 p.m., live music from 7 -10 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking is available at Anza School (15490 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.), Sahuarita High School (350 W. Sahuarita Rd.) and SUSD Administration (350 W. Sahuarita Rd.), and catch a shuttle to and from the park.If you would like to have an event added to the list, please send information to arts@tucsonsentinel.com

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