Copper Sky July Fourth

MARICOPA — With the Fourth of July approaching, Copper Sky Recreation Complex is planning its annual Great American 4th event with changes from the previous years.

But not to worry, the event will still feature the essentials such as food, drinks and fireworks.

A major addition to the event is the Great American Tailgate, which will be located on the parking lot of Copper Sky. It will allow the attendees to park their vehicles at a reserved spot before the fireworks show with the purchase of a tailgate pass. The pass includes a permit to consume beer and wine and two parking spaces, enough to bring friends and family along for the celebration. Purchase of the pass is required in person at Copper Sky through Becky Spires at 520-316-4600.

Beside the addition of tailgating, the city has removed the beer garden for this year in order to open up the park to the residents.

With the Native Grill and Wings typically sponsoring the beer garden, this year it will sponsor the tailgating event.

The changes were set due to the attendees being outside of the designated areas in the previous years.

“We think people will be able to be a part of a more free-flowing event that won’t seem nearly as segregated,” said Nathan Ulloyt, community service director for the city of Maricopa. “It will also help with announcements and presentations.”

New activities will be added, including the VIP Pool Party, motocross demo, inflatable waterslides and water fun in the fields.

The water slide will not just be for children, there will be an adult-size water slide towering 40 feet. A professional freestyle motocross team will also be a part of the entertainment throughout the day, with the Bridge FMX team and Vince Morgan.

Not to be forgotten, there will be a fireworks show at the end of the day.

A free shuttle will be available from 6:30 to 10 p.m., with pickup locations at Santa Rosa Elementary School, Butterfield Elementary School and ACE Hardware store.

The tailgating will start at 1 p.m. with events throughout the day, ending the night with the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

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