CASA GRANDE — There will still be fireworks on the Fourth of July, but this year celebrations will be different in most Pinal County communities.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many traditional community gatherings are canceled this year and fireworks displays are designed with social distancing guidelines in place.
Below is a roundup of events and activities throughout Pinal County aimed at celebrating the Fourth of July.
Officials in Apache Junction are urging residents to celebrate the holiday from their backyard and through a livestreamed event.
A fireworks display will be held at 8:30 p.m. on July 4.
The show will be vertical, with no ground displays, so that the fireworks may be viewed throughout most of the community.
The fireworks show is sponsored by Republic Services.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will offer “rec packs” to pick up and take home to help celebrate the holiday. The packs will be available July 2 and 3 and include activities and games.
They are free to the first 100 families.
As well, the city will celebrate Independence Day with various entertaining posts, videos and things to do via social media sites.
The fireworks show is contingent on weather and fire safety in the nearby area. For more information, email the department at email@example.com or call 480-983-2181.
Casa Grande will host a modified Fourth of July celebration this year with a drive-thru-style event.
The fireworks show begins around 9 p.m. on July 4 at the Ed Hooper Rodeo Park. Residents may use the parking lot at the rodeo grounds, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., to enjoy the show from their cars. The parking lot will open at 7.
Parking spaces will be outlined to allow for proper physical distancing.
Concessions will not be available. Restroom facilities and hand-washing stations will be located throughout the parking lot.
While its traditional July 4 community event at the Kenilworth Sports Complex and city pool are canceled this year due to COVID-19, Coolidge plans to host a fireworks display at the sports complex beginning at 8:30 p.m. on July 4. The park’s parking lot will open for public access and viewers may watch the display from their cars.
Florence’s annual Freedom Fest has been canceled due to COVID-19 and dangerous weather conditions that caused a recent spike in nearby wildfires.
The town will not launch fireworks this year but will provide enhanced online and televised options for residents to celebrate at home.
A fireworks display may be offered at a later date.
The city of Maricopa will host a live fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. July 4. The show has been custom-designed this year to allow residents to enjoy it from their own backyards.
The fireworks display will be held at two locations in the northern and southern parts of Maricopa. Both displays will occur simultaneously for about 15 minutes and feature high-altitude fireworks that promise to fly higher than any of the previous shows.
The city also plans to connect with residents through social media and photo contests. Copper Sky Recreation Complex will be closed at 6 p.m. on July 4 to prepare for the display and will remain closed throughout the evening.
San Tan Valley/Queen Creek
The annual Hometown Fourth celebration is from 4 to 9 p.m. on July 4 at Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
The outdoor event features local food trucks and vendors. To comply with social distancing, tickets will be limited and will be sold online only. Tickets are $25 per carload and may be purchased online at https://schnepffarms.com.