It's time for the Ooooh! and Ahhh! There will be plenty of fireworks around the Tucson area in celebration of Independence Day.


Fireworks will light up Tucson's skies from all directions, with a slew of light shows starting tonight in and around town.

Here's a list of Fourth of July events that promise colorful pyrotechnic displays:


• Fireworks Spectacular! Kino Stadium -2500 E. Ajo Way. Tucson Padres take on the Salt Lake Bees. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets range from $7 to $15.

• Casino Del Sol - 5655 W. Valencia Road. Fireworks start around 9 p.m.


• "A" Mountain. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

• Marana's Star-Spangled Spectacular - North Cortaro Road and Interstate 10. Food and drink specials at restaurants at Arizona Pavillions; live band, jumping castles, beer garden at Quarry Pines Golf Club; kids' movie, activities and games at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. Events start at 6 p.m.. Fireworks at Arizona Pavillions start at 9 p.m. Free admission.

• 4th of July Celebration - Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Music, buffet and a 30-minute fireworks show. Poolside activities for resort guests beginning at 9 a.m. 6-10 p.m. $32; $15 for children 5-12. Resort guests: $27; $12 for children 5-12. 544-5000.

• July 4 Fireworks Celebration - Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Avenida de Otero, Tubac. Family activities, kids' games, obstacle course, face painting, music, entertainment and food booths. Events start at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m. $7 parking per car. VIP tickets: $48, includes parking, buffet dinner, two drink tickets, private bar and seating for the fireworks. 1-520-398-3531.

• Fourth of July Celebration of Freedom - Fleischer Park, 1550 N. Hohokam Drive, Nogales. Live music, fireworks, food and vendors. 4-11 p.m. Free. 1-520-287-6571.

• 4th of July Celebration 2012 - American Career Builders Institute, 1901 W. Copper St. Food and music. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Events run 7-11 p.m. $25. Tickets at online. 396-9837. Registration for the related Motorcycle Poker Run through Gates Pass begins at 2 p.m. at American Legion Post 7, 331 W. Franklin St.


Storms are in the forecast for today and Wednesday, and will bring some relief from the 100-plus degree temps, but they could put a damper on Fourth of July festivities.

There's a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain this afternoon, and those odds increase to 70 percent into the evening and night, said John Glueck, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Expect plenty of clouds in the sky Wednesday and a 40 percent chance of showers, Glueck said.

"Let's just say everybody should have an umbrella," Glueck said.

Temperatures will drop to the mid-90s today and into the upper 80s Wednesday.


The Pima Animal Care Center offers the following tips for making sure pets aren't frightened away by the loud boom of fireworks:

• Bring pets inside, close the blinds or curtains and keep music or the TV on.

• If you leave your pet outdoors, be sure to secure all gates and make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag in case it escapes.

Lost pets

• Pima Animal Care Center

• Humane Society of Southern Arizona 327-6088