EV Independence Day festivities are subdued in pandemic The Chandler Arizonan

EV Independence Day festivities are subdued in pandemic

EV Independence Day festivities are subdued in pandemic
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ARIZONAN NEWS STAFF

While the pandemic has put something of a damper on Independence Day celebrations in the East Valley, there still will be a chance to see fireworks this Saturday – but only from the comfort of your vehicle.

For the first time since it started in 1952, Tempe has canceled its 4th of July celebration – the region’s biggest. Also scratched is the annual fireworks show and Independence Day festivities at Rawhide on the Gila River Indian Community near Chandler.

But Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert are all staging “drive-in fireworks displays” by providing areas where people can park their cars, minivans and pickups, maintain social distance and watch the fireworks show at 9 p.m. in Mesa and Chandler and 8:30 p.m. in Gilbert with each lasting from 20 to 30 minutes.

Here’s a rundown of where to go.

CHANDLER

Chandler is providing to be viewable from the parking areas within the sprawling Tumbleweed Park on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.

The free event opens for parking at 7:30 p.m. There will be a limited number of parking spots, which will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and the park will close once capacity is reached.

Attendees will be allowed to sit in their truck beds, cars and in folding chairs immediately adjacent to their vehicles. The park’s public restrooms will be open but other park amenities and open spaces will be closed.

Individuals who feel ill should stay home.

A complete list of drive-in event protocol and prohibited items – such as tailgating, grilling, alcohol, personal fireworks, sparklers, etc. – is at chandleraz.gov/4thofjuly.

Vehicles can enter the park from Germann Road at Hamilton Street or from McQueen Road at Celebration Way.

The event is sponsored by the city in partnership with Rivera Broadcasting, Renewal by Andersen and TLC Pediatrics.

MESA

Mesa’s mammoth Celebration of Freedom has shrunk considerably for COVID-19.

The 2020 Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom will now be limited to a drive-in fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4 in the parking lot of Fiesta Mall on Southern Avenue.

The fireworks will be displayed while sponsor 94.5 KOOL-FM plays patriotic music spectators can tune into.

Not only is space limited to approximately 1,500 vehicles, but entering and especially leaving could try some people’s patience. Lots will open at 7 pm on July 4 and guests are required to follow parking regulations to ensure physical distancing.

Cars will be parked in every other parking spot so people can get out of their vehicles and sit in lawn chairs should they bring them. There will be no vendors but people are welcome to bring food.

On the other hand, you’re not allowed to bring any vaping or smoking materials, pop-up tents or canopies, glass bottles, booze or marijuana, your own fireworks or sparklers, scooters or bikes or clothing with gang symbols.

GILBERT

The Gilbert Centennial 4th of July fireworks show will take place at Crossroads Park, located at 2155 E. Knox Road, Gilbert, as the town also celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation next weekend.

On Saturday, July 4, the parking lot will open at 6:30 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will be identical to that in Mesa – every other spot – and the same items prohibited are prohibited in the town.

Firework viewing will be drive-in style from the parking lot, with no lawn seating available. Leashed pets are allowed.

Food trucks will be available, though attendees may also bring their own food and beverages – except alcohol). No on-site cooking is allowed.

Groups are limited to 8 people per parking spot at all times. On-site portable restrooms will be available.

Crossroads Park parking lot will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on July 4, and will re-open at 6:30 p.m. for the event. Crossroads Park amenities will be closed during this event.

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