Florence, Arizona is one of Arizona's oldest towns. Located southeast of the Phoenix area, it is actually in Pinal County, not Maricopa County. The visitor center is located at McFarland State Park in historic downtown Florence. There are several Independence Day events and activities in Florence.
4th of July Fiesta Freedom FestThe Town of Florence Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Independence Day with music, games, activities, food, vendors, and of course, fireworks.
When is the it?Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (pool fun) and from 2 p.m. to about 9 p.m. (park fun)
Where is it?In the morning, pool fun -- annual “coin dive”, water relays, open swim and music -- happens at Florence Community Pool at Florence High School. In the afternoon, activities start at Heritage Park. There are many competitions scheduled including a basketball shout-out, mud volleyball tournament (2 p.m.), horseshoes and cornhole tournaments (4 p.m.), and the skateboard competition for various age groups (6 p.m.). Drop-off for the Fiery Salsa Contest is from 4 to 5 p.m. and winners will be announced at 7 p.m. If you would like to participate in any of these competitions, you must pre-register by Friday, June 28. Registrations are accepted in person at 133 North Main Street or online.
How do I get tickets?Admission is free. Bring cash for those activities that have a charge (volleyball, cornhole, horseshoes) and for food and beverage.
What else should I know?The annual Freedom Fest Skateboard competition is on Wednesday, July 4 at 7 p.m. at the Skate Park at Heritage Park. Participants in each age group are judged on their 90 second freestyle skate routine. Awards are given to 1st place in each age division: 6-8; 9-12; 13-17; and 18 and up. There is no fee to enter the competition, but you must register by Friday, June 29 at the Florence Parks and Recreation Department and Fitness Center, located at 133 North Main Street.
New in 2013: the “World’s Tallest Inflatable Water Slide” measures 40 feet high, 75 feet wide and 200 feet long. Are you brave enough?
Fireworks are scheduled to begin at about 8:30 p.m.
More questions?For more information visit Florence Parks and Recreation Department online or call 520-868-7589.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.