CG 4th of July celebration

Spectators take in Casa Grande’s Fourth of July drive-in celebration in 2020 at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park.

CASA GRANDE — Popular musical group Rhythm Edition will take the stage on Monday, July 4, in the Paul Mason Sports Complex in a pre-fireworks show hosted by the city of Casa Grande.

The city’s annual Independence Day celebration this year includes a bubble and foam zone, games and various activities as well as a patriotic-themed laser light show synced to music and a fireworks show.

The laser light show will begin at 8:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9.

Rhythm Edition is popular with Casa Grande audiences and has performed at several events. Based in Phoenix, the group is a high-energy party band led by Dennis Fike.

The group has been performing together for more than 25 years, starting out as an oldies band and later incorporating an eclectic blend of crowd-pleasing styles and songs.

They’ve performed at various concerts in the park and other events, as well as at last year’s Casa Grande Fourth of July celebration.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. on that Monday and run to about 10 p.m. at the Paul Mason Sports Complex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave.

The event is free to attend and activities are free. Attendees should arrive early to take part in all events. Food trucks will be on-site selling various concessions.

Traffic restrictions will be in place on Pinal Avenue in the area.

Parking is available at the rodeo grounds parking lot on the northwest corner of Pinal Avenue and Rodeo Road.

For safety, parking is not allowed along Pinal Avenue.

Earlier in the day on the Fourth of July, Palm Island Family Aquatic Park, located at 1115 N. Brown Ave., will have special holiday hours from noon to 5 p.m.

Other Fourth of July activities throughout Pinal County are:

Arizona City

Arizona City’s Independence Day fireworks display, hosted by the Arizona City Fire Department, begins at dusk on Sunday, July 3, at the Arizona City Golf Course, 13959 Cleater Road. The event includes music and fun with food available at the Tap Inn.

Coolidge

Coolidge’s Fourth of July celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Kenilworth Sports Complex on Friday, July 1. The event includes arts and crafts, food vendors, a photo booth, games, music and free watermelon. Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m. on July 1. On July 4, the Coolidge Aquatic Center will offer free swimming from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with games and activities. From 4 to 8 p.m. on July 4, Coolidge American Legion Post 54, 408 N. Main St., will sell barbecue pork rib dinners for $15 per plate, with proceeds going toward its Wreaths Across America efforts.

Eloy

In Eloy, Fourth of July fun begins with free admission to the Eloy Aquatic Center from noon to 5 p.m. Evening events are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Park and include games, water slides, food, music, raffles, vendors and other activities. At sundown, a fireworks show begins.

Florence

The annual Florence Fourth of July Freedom Fest is from 5 to 9 p.m. Holiday fun begins with activities at the aquatic center during the day and evening activities at the Territory Square multipurpose fields. The event includes a cornhole tournament, inflatables, food vendors, live bands and fireworks as well as a beer garden.

Maricopa

Maricopa’s “Great American 4th and Tailgate” event includes live country music, a pool party, DJ music, food trucks, vendors, lawn games and other activities from 7 to 10 p.m. at Copper Sky Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. The event concludes with a fireworks display.

San Tan Valley

Schnepf Farms hosts its annual “Hometown Fourth” event beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4. The event includes food trucks, live music, fireworks, a foam pit, rides, inflatable play structures and a beer garden. Cost of admission is $30 per carload. The event is at the farm, 24810 E Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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