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Where will you be on the 4th of July?

Where will YOU be on the Fourth of July this year? If your answer is “Naranja Park,” then you’re in the right place, my friends! That’s because this year’s FREE celebration has moved from James D. Kriegh Park to Naranja Park, located at 810 W. Naranja Drive, just east of La Cañada Drive.

Perhaps even bigger news is that for the first time in our town’s history, we will be hosting our very own fireworks, right over the park at 9 p.m. 

June 21, 2017

No more squinting in the distance or peeking through trees. Just look up. You’ll be close enough to feel the boom!

Leading up to the big fireworks show is a full slate of family-friendly activities, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live music from the Bryan Dean Trio and Little House of Funk, fun games, activities and giveaways. Be sure to bring your appetites, because there will be even more delicious food trucks this year, from savory tri-tip to refreshing fruit smoothies and everything in between.

Parking will be available onsite at Naranja Park; however, we are expecting the general parking area to fill up. If parking is full when you arrive, you will be directed to the overflow lot just down the street at Ironwood Ridge High School (2475 W Naranja Drive, west of La Cholla Road). Free shuttle service will begin at 5 p.m. and will run approximately every 10-15 minutes between the two locations. The last shuttle leaves Ironwood Ridge at 8:30 p.m., so give yourself plenty of time if you want to see the fireworks at 9 p.m. ADA-accessible parking will be located in the paved lot at Naranja Park. An ADA shuttle will also run from the overflow lot at Ironwood Ridge.

Tips for having a great time:

Stay hydrated! It’ll be hot out there, so drink plenty of water (even before the event), and bring water with you.

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Bring some shade! Shade will be limited, and the sun doesn’t set until about 7:30 p.m.

Arrive early! Thousands of people will attend this event, and on-site parking will fill up.

Walk to the event (if you live nearby). If you live in an adjoining neighborhood, you can dodge the traffic entirely by walking to the park. Lucky you!

The Oro Valley Police Department, in partnership with our friends at the Golder Ranch Fire District, will be on hand to ensure the safety and security of event guests. Please be respectful of all signage, fencing and instructions given by any of our public safety personnel. Help us make this a safe event. Please do not bring any of the following items: pets, alcohol, tobacco products, glass containers, pop-up tents, personal fireworks or sparklers.

Do you live near Naranja Park? Fireworks can be exciting for most people, but we understand that some individuals and pets are sensitive to loud noises. Residents who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Naranja Park should take necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of their pets during this time (approximately 9-9:30 p.m.).

Since the big Naranja celebration doesn’t start until 5 p.m., we have a great way to keep you cool that day. From noon to 4 p.m., head over to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center at 23 W. Calle Concordia for reduced admission: just $1 for children and $3 for adults. We’ll have games and prizes for kids while they have fun on our interactive splash pad, giant waterslide, diving boards and two pools. When the pool closes at 4 p.m., dry off and head over to Naranja Park!

If you’re looking for a more intimate (and air-conditioned) way to celebrate the Fourth of July, we invite you to the Stars and Stripes BBQ at The Overlook Restaurant, located inside the Oro Valley Community Center at 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. From 6 to 9 p.m., you’ll enjoy an all-American classic barbecue, featuring pulled pork, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and an ice-cream sundae bar. Please note: Children’s activities will not be available at this event. Adults, $25; children ages 5-12, $12; children under 5 years, free. Reservations recommended. Call 229-5355.

For more details on this event, including the entertainment schedule and list of food trucks, visit us at orovalleyaz.gov and follow us on Facebook.

By Misti Nowak, Communications Administrator - Explorer Newspaper, 6/21/17

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