Options abound for July 4 festivities

2014-07-03T00:00:00Z Options abound for July 4 festivitiesBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Competing for the craned necks and wide eyes of northwest-side residents, town governments and resorts here have put together Independence Day bashes.

Fireworks may be the main draw, but food options, live music and games are all part of the fun. The bashes on tap range from free to pricey, and casual to fancy.

Here’s a roundup of entertainment options this weekend.

Marana’s Star Spangled Spectacular
  • Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

Marana is rounding up music, food trucks and kids’ activities.

The party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and will include live music, food trucks and kids’ activities. The Greg Spivey band will put on a concert that starts at 7, and fireworks are at 9.

Admission is free. Food will be for sale. For more information, visit marana.com online.

Oro Valley 4th of July Celebration
  • 23 W. Calle Concordia

Oro Valley’s free shindig boasts an evening of music, food and activities. The free event starts at 5 p.m. Friday. Fireworks begin at 9.

Musical acts Bryan Dean Trio and Little House of Funk will perform, and the Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus will sing the national anthem. A bounce house, face painting and a climbing wall will entertain kids. There will also be contests and food trucks.

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/orovalley online.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
  • 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive

Stretching its celebration through the three-day weekend, the resort kicks things off with the July 4 Red, White and Bluegrass Barbecue, which includes a buffet that goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Revelers can dine on ribs, chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob and other foods while listening to country music. Fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m.

The cost is $44 for adults and $22 for children.

There will be wine and tequila tastings for $20 each, food and ice cream trucks on-site, as well as hiking and stargazing events and special meals available at the resort’s restaurants through Sunday. For more information, call 572-3000.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
  • 10000 N. Oracle Road

The resort’s Lost Territory restaurant is the setting for festivities that will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the resort. Live music begins at 7, and the fireworks follow at 9.

The restaurant will serve up barbecue classics such as ribs, burgers, hot dogs and chicken, as well as tamales, salads and desserts. The cost is $48 for adults and $20 for kids ages 5 through 12.

To order tickets, which are available until 5 p.m. Friday, call 544-1244.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com

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