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July 4th Celebration and fireworks will return to Oro Valley’s Naranja Park

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The Town of Oro Valley will once again host its very own July 4th Celebration and fireworks show at Naranja Park. This year’s event promises another spectacular fireworks show launched right over the park, twice as many food trucks, a new beer and wine garden, improved pedestrian access and a new shuttle location with faster service. Be sure to read complete details below. The FREE, family-friendly fun begins at 5 p.m., with live entertainment and activities for kids. 

June 5, 2018

Then at 9 p.m., festivities culminate with fireworks right over the park, so you’ll be able to feel the BOOM! Naranja Park is located at 810 W. Naranja Drive, just east of La Cañada.

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
5–6:30 p.m.       Live music: Heart and Soul
6:30–7:15 p.m.  Games and giveaways with Frank Powers
7:15–8:45 p.m.  Live music: Heart and Soul
8:55 p.m.           National Anthem
9 p.m.                Fireworks (Come feel the BOOM at Naranja!)

FREE FOR THE KIDS: photo booth, face painting, backyard games, arts & crafts, giant bubble balls and jumping castles.

FOOD TRUCKS: American Flying Buffalo, Angela’s Mexican, Bella’s Gelato, Cafe Francais, Dragon Pizza Co., Enjoyabowls, Fiesta Filipina, Fruit Shack Smoothies, Gigi’s Fusion, Jackie’s Food Truck, Kababaque Indian Grill, Kona Ice, Kool Twist (Eegee’s), Little Boler Beanery, Los Locos Tacos, Mobile Bistro, Mutt’s Brats, “N” Good Company, North Tucson Firefighters, Papa Murphy’s, Popped Artisan Popcorn, Ricuras de Venezuela and Sweet Street Donuts.

NEW! BEER & WINE GARDEN
New this year is a beer and wine garden, hosted by the Oro Valley Sports Alliance and Hensley Beverage Company. Domestic and craft beer and wine will be available for purchase in an enclosed area of the event, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Town of Oro Valley for the installation of a play structure at Naranja Park. Cost is $6 for single tickets; $20 for four tickets. ID will be required.

VEHICLE ACCESS, PARKING AND FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE (NEW PICK-UP LOCATION)
There are improved plans for traffic, shuttle service, pedestrian access and parking this year! While there is onsite parking at Naranja Park, we know from last year’s event that this will fill up very quickly. Attendees who would like to skip the traffic lines and have stress-free transportation are encouraged to utilize the free shuttle service.

Shuttle Service
The service has been upgraded to 54-passenger coaches, equipped with air conditioning and plenty of storage. Shuttle-only routes will be set up for this year’s event, so the ride to Naranja will be fast and efficient. The shuttle pickup location has also changed to the Oro Valley Marketplace, located on the southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine. The pick-up/drop-off area is the dirt lot to the west, just after you enter the Marketplace from the Tangerine Road entrance. Shuttle service will begin at 4:30 p.m., and attendees will be able to depart and return throughout the event; however, the last bus will leave from the Marketplace at 8:30 p.m. so that attendees arrive in time for the 9 p.m. fireworks show. Once the show concludes (approximately 9:30 p.m.), shuttles will be waiting to bring attendees back to the Oro Valley Marketplace.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Access
If you live in one of the neighborhoods surrounding Naranja Park, you can avoid the parking and traffic by walking over at your convenience. Town staff has just completed construction of a new multi-use path into the park from Naranja Drive, to improve pedestrian and bicycling safety.

Vehicle Access & Parking
If you decide to drive to the event, please note there will not be any parking permitted along Naranja Drive between Monterra Vista and Copper Creek. Additionally, speeds near the park entrance will be reduced to 25 miles per hour. Vehicle entry into the park will only be allowed via Naranja Drive. The northern access point from Tangerine Road will be exit only (except shuttles). For your safety, please be sure to carefully follow directions from on-site parking attendants. If parking lots are full, you will be directed to park at the Oro Valley Marketplace and ride the free shuttle (details above).

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS & RULES
It will be hot out there, so hydration, sunscreen and shade are important. This year, attendees WILL be allowed to bring small pop-up tents and canopies as long as they are 10x10 feet or smaller, and are properly staked to the ground. Please look for the designated tent/canopy section of the field. While we encourage everyone to bring adequate water and sunscreen, in case you forget (or run out), we’ve got you covered! Free water and sunscreen will be available at hydration stations sponsored by Health Skin Dermatology (while supplies last).

For your safety, and the safety of others, the following are NOT permitted at this event:
• No pets
• No alcohol
• No smoking
• No glass containers
• No personal fireworks; no sparklers

DO YOU LIVE NEAR NARANJA PARK?
While fireworks are exciting for many people, 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: 
• HSL and El Conquistador, a Hilton Resort (Presenting Sponsor)
• Tucson Local Media (Print Media Sponsor)
• Bruce Baca Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
• Healthy Skin Dermatology
• In-N-Out
• Lucky Cat Social Art
• State Farm – Brett Overstreet
• Sundt Construction
• The Canyons at Linda Vista Trail
• Visit Tucson

OTHER JULY 4th ACTIVITIES IN ORO VALLEY

ORO VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER
23 W. Calle Concordia
Enjoy reduced admission on July 4th, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Just $1 for children and $3 for adults.
Have fun on our interactive splash pad and giant waterslide. Games and prizes for kids. 

JULY 4th STARS & STRIPES BBQ DINNER
At the Overlook Restaurant and Oro Valley Community Center
10555 N. La Cañada Drive
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Adults, $25
Children ages 5-12, $12
Children under 5 years, FREE
Celebrate July 4th with an All-American classic BBQ, featuring beef brisket, BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, ice cream sundae bar and much more. Children’s activities will not be available at this event. Reservations recommended. Call 520-229-5355.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Make sure you’re getting the latest updates on safety and parking tips, and details on the live entertainment and delicious food trucks! Follow Town of Oro Valley – Government as well as Oro Valley Parks & Recreation on Facebook. Let your friends know where you’ll be this 4th of July by finding our event on Facebook and clicking that you’re “Going.” Be sure to invite your Facebook friends as well.