CASA GRANDE — Independence Day is celebrated next Thursday and Pinal County residents will find plenty of celebratory activities, from live music to free or reduced-fee public swimming events and fireworks.
In Casa Grande, a day full of activities is offered beginning with some at Palm Island Family Aquatic Park, 1115 N. Brown Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission to Palm Island will be half-priced on July Fourth — 50 cents for children and $1 for adults — and pool staff will host games and contests in addition to offering open swimming.
Activities in Casa Grande continue in the evening at Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., with relay races, inflatable play structures, water slides, music, contests, vendors and food items available for purchase from 6:30 until 10 p.m.
Casa Grande’s fireworks show begins around 9 p.m.
Traffic restrictions will be in place on Pinal Avenue in front of the Paul Mason Sportsplex. Those attending the event should consider arriving at the park early.
In Eloy, free admission to the city pool will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. at the Eloy Aquatics Center, 420 E. First St.
Evening activities are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jones Park, 420 E. First St., including water slides, Olympic-style games, food, music, raffles and other activities.
Fireworks begin at sundown.
The city of Coolidge will also offer free admission to its municipal pool with a lineup of aqua-based activities and competitions for children.
Contests at the Coolidge pool include: a soda dive at 1 p.m., a money dive at 2 p.m., best belly-flop competition at 3 p.m., best water trick at 4 p.m.
First- and second-place winners in the belly flop and best trick competition win a cash prize.
Evening activities include free watermelon, arts and crafts, inflatable play structures, games, and a DJ in Kenilworth Sports Complex. Fireworks begin about 8:30 p.m.
The city of Maricopa has made a few changes to its annual celebration this year with the addition of its Great American Tailgate, in which attendees may reserve and pay for a spot in the Copper Sky Recreation Complex parking lot from which to watch the fireworks show. A paid pass includes an alcohol permit for beer and wine along with two parking spaces.
Great American Fourth festivities in Maricopa start at 5 p.m. Cars registered for the new Great American Tailgate may arrive at 1 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evening activities begin at 5 p.m., including a VIP pool party, motocross demonstration, inflatable waterslides and water fun in the fields. A fireworks show begins around 9 p.m..
In Florence, the annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest begins with swimming at the Aquatic Center, 174 W. First St., from noon to 5 p.m.
Evening activities will be at Heritage Park from 5 to 9 p.m., including a cornhole tournament, inflatables, food vendors, a live band and fireworks. continues in the evening with a live band and various activities at Heritage Park.
Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
Daytime activities include co-ed volleyball tournament at 8 a.m. with sign-ups at 7:15 a.m., public swimming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Evening activities include bicycle, wagon and tricycle decorating contest with judging starting at 6:30 p.m. Live entertainment from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free watermelon at 6 p.m. while it lasts. Kids Zone with bounce houses, water slides, games and more runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Game booths, benefiting local nonprofit organizations, run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. July Fourth at the Apache Junction High School football stadium, presented by Republic Services.
Arizona City — something different
Arizona City’s 49th annual Independence Day celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3, and is sponsored by the Arizona City Fire District Association, Crescent Crown Distributors and Airebeam. It’s open to all and will be held at a new location this year, Arizona City Elementary School, 12115 W. Benito Drive. The event features food, games vendors and a beer garden. For more information, call the Arizona City Fire Department at 466-5542.
Evening activities begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the end of the fireworks show. Fireworks begin when the skies turn dark on July 3.
Queen Creek/Schnepf Farms
Evening activities include live music, watermelon-eating contests, a national flag service, artisan vendors, food trucks, beer and wine garden, lawn games. Gates open at 4 p.m.
General admission, $20 per carload, includes live music and the 30-minute fireworks show. VIP admission, $45 per person, includes private parking, dinner, entertainment and front-row seating for the fireworks show.