Tempe, Arizona is probably best known for being the home of Arizona State University. Many popular events take place during the year in and around downtown Tempe, which includes Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park. The July 4th celebration is very well attended, and it is usually televised. This event boasts the "largest fireworks display in Arizona."
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What is it called?The official name of the event is "CBS 5 Tempe Town Lake Festival Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe."
Do You have any pictures?Yes! Here are pictures of the festivities at past July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festivals.
Where is the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival?Tempe Town Lake in downtown Tempe, Arizona. Here is a map with directions to Tempe Town Lake.
When is it?Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Gates open at 5 p.m.
What will happen at the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival?The Family Fun Fest is an inflatable village with rides, activities, rock climbing wall and more. Special kid's entertainment includes face painters, relay races and other specialty entertainment. Splash Playground will be open. The Main Stage features local live entertainment. The 35-minute Fireworks Show will be shot from the Mill Avenue Bridge and choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Bring cash for purchases.
Tentative Event Schedule:
5 p.m. DJ (Pop)
5:50 p.m. Poppy & The Usual Suspects (Rock)
6:30 p.m. J.J. Linfordb(Folk Rock)
7:15 p.m. Color Guard, LAFB, National Anthem
7:30 p.m. Flyover 7:35 p.m. Something Like Seduction (Reggae)
8:30 p.m. Grand Theft Audio (Pop/Rock)
9:20 p.m. Fireworks Show
9:55 p.m. Lil' Debbie Band (Rock)
Splash Playground at Tempe Town Lake will be open.
What does it cost?Children 12 and under are free. Entry is free for anyone showing a current military ID. Tickets will be on sale through July 4, 2012 at all Fry’s stores for $6 each. Tickets will be $8 at the gate or $15 for two (until sold out). Presale tickets will be honored all night. People with current military ID are admitted free.
Tickets are available for the Sally's BBQ VIP Garden for $60 each, children ages 5-12, $30 each, plus service charge. Children younger than 5 years old are free, but do not receive a meal. Ticket includes a seat with a great view of the fireworks show in a misted area, a barbecue dinner and 2 drink tickets for beer (if 21 or older), soda or water. Dinner includes: Choice of BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich or Chicken Breast Sandwich, Vegetarian Baked Beans, Lay’s Potato Chips, Fruit and Chocolate Pretzel Wand. Tickets for the BBQ must be purchased online in advance.
Are there any other discounts available?You can get $5 advance tickets at various City of Tempe locations through July 3, 2012. You can get $6 advance tickets at Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace stores (until noon on July 4th). You can purchase tickets online for $5 each, but an additional service charge will be added.
Tickets will be sold at the gate until park reaches capacity. Pre-sale tickets will be honored all night.
How do I get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, and where should I park?Here's a map and directions to Tempe Town lake. There are several pay lots near Tempe Town lake, but parking is always tough during big downtown Tempe events like this one. This event is accessible by METRO Light Rail, which will be following the Sunday schedule. Here is the special schedule information. You can find parking maps and information about free bus transportation online.
The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.
What else do I need to know?Tens of thousands of people attend this celebration. First come first serve on lawn seating. Blankets, portable chairs, personal cameras, small umbrellas welcome. No pets. No food or coolers. Only manufacturer's sealed containers of water (1 gallon / per person) allowed, no other food or beverage. No skates, skateboards or bicycles. No pets. The use of Consumer Fireworks is illegal in the City of Tempe. The use of novelty fireworks including sparklers are prohibited inside Tempe Beach Park.
What if I have more questions?Visit the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival website, or you can call the hot line at 480-350-5189.
Looking for another 4th of July community or special event? All the celebrations and fireworks are listed in the Greater Phoenix July 4th Celebration Index.
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