Get ready to ooh and ahh

The skies over the Tucson valley will have bursts of red, white, blue and about every other color in the spectrum during the July 4 fireworks shows.


Plan your Fourth of July

“A” Mountain Fireworks, Tucson Convention Center viewing area — 260 S. Church Ave. Food trucks and beer garden on the west side of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Parking Lots B and C will be free and open to the public for fireworks viewing. Parking in lot at west 22nd Street and I-10, and the City/State Parking Garage at 498 W. Congress St., west of I-10. Food vendors and beer garden: 7-9 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., weather permitting July 4. 837-4753.

Centennial Hall — 1020 E. University Blvd. Let Freedom Sing. Arts Express Choir and Orchestra perform patriotic pieces including The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Big Band Express and boogie-woogie blues pianist Arthur Migliazza will join. 3-4:30 p.m. July 4. $20 front of house seating. General seating is free, donations are appreciated. 319-0400.

Crossroads at Silverbell Park — 7548 N. Silverbell Road, Marana. Marana Star Spangled Spectacular. Events, including kids activities, water slide and food vendors start at 6 p.m. Greg Spivey Band concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m., weather permitting. KOLD’s Dan Marries is the emcee. July 4. 382-1946. Fireworks countdown at

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch — 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Red White and Brew July 4th Celebration. Barbecue-style food, live music by Hey Bucko. Reservations required. 5-9 p.m. July 4. $25; $12.50 for children 7-14 years old; free for 6 and under. 529-3500.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort — 10555 N. La Canada Dr., Oro Valley. July 4th Stars and Stripes Classic BBQ. Live music includes Kaci Bays and Ken Martinson, and country singer Marnie Chastain. Buffet-style BBQ includes baby back ribs, green chili pork, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers and tamales. Gates at 5:30 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $48; $20 for children ages 5-12; free for children under 5. 544-1244.

James D. Kreigh Park — 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley. Oro Valley Fourth of July Party and Fireworks. Live entertainment, food trucks and vendors, kids’ zone and activities including a climbing wall and splash pad. Full details here. July 4. Free.

Kino North Stadium — 2817 E. Ajo Way. FC Tucson 4th of July Blast. Fireworks following match against Albuquerque Sol FC. Match begins at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks scheduled to begin roughly 30 minutes after game concludes. 7:30-10 p.m. July 4. $10. 334-1115.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain — 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana. Red, White and Bluegrass Barbecue. Buffet including ribs, chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, live entertainment. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Reservations recommended. 5:30-8 p.m. July 4. $44; $22 children under 12. 572-3000.

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa — 65 Otero Road, Tubac. July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Starts at 4 p.m. with kids’ zone, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, food trucks, D.J. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. No individual entrance fee. VIP tickets include parking, dinner buffet, live entertainment, two drink tickets, a private cash bar and seating for fireworks. Reservations required. 4-10 p.m. July 4. $10 per car; $49 per person VIP. 398-3521.

Tucson Botanical Gardens — 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Four, Four, Four: Fourth of July Celebration. Family-style BBQ with two meal options: a hotdog, chips and drink for $4 or a hamburger, side and drink for $8. 4-7 p.m. July 4. $4. 326-9686.

Many events offer discounted tickets for students, seniors, military and others. Call venue for details.