Maricopa is a city southwest of the Phoenix area. Maricopa isn't in the same county as Phoenix. Phoenix is in Maricopa County, and Maricopa is in Pinal County. Yes, that can be confusing! Maricopa was incorporated in 2003. The city celebrates the 4th of July with a community barbecue.
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What is it called?Great American Barbecue
Do you have any pictures?Yes! Enjoy these photos of past Maricopa Great American Barbecue celebrations.
Where is Maricopa's Great American Barbecue?Pacana Park located on Porter Road, approximately ¼ mile south of Honeycutt Road. That's about 2.5 miles east of City Hall (located just off of John Wayne Parkway).
When is it?Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 7, 2012
What will happen?Live entertainment, tributes to local heros, patriotic music, water balloon fights, squirt gun marksmanship contests, eight inflatable water slides and fireworks.
Maricopa is set to break another record for The Guinness Book of World Records and will attempt to beat The World's Largest Squirt Gun Fight. There will be 5,000 Free Squirt Guns on hand for that purpose.
Plan on getting wet. The Maricopa Fire Department will have a ladder truck on site to spray the crowds in The Wet Zone.
What does it cost?Admission is free. An old fashioned BBQ is available for purchase.
What else do I need to know?Bring lawn chairs/blankets to relax and enjoy the fireworks. No coolers, pop-up tents or pets are allowed. Bring cash to purchase refreshments.
A shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m. from the following Park 'n' Ride lots. The last shuttle leaves Pacana Park at 11 p.m.
- Santa Rosa Elementary School, 21400 N Santa Rosa Ave
- Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N Costa del Sol
- Maricopa Wells Middle School, 43735 W Honeycutt Ave
- Butterfield Elementary School, 43800 W Honeycutt Ave
- Ace Hardware (ADA Access), 21542 N John Wayne Parkway
- Legacy Traditional School, 17760 N. Regent Dr.
What if I have more questions?You can visit Great American Barbecue online.
Looking for another 4th of July community or special event? All the celebrations, concerts and fireworks are listed in the Greater Phoenix July 4th Celebration Index.
All times, prices and events subject to change without notice.