Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

The Fourth of July means fireworks, family time, and celebrating the nation’s independence. With the holiday just around the corner, the towns of Marana and Oro Valley are each gearing up to host events that will combine those elements for a fun-filled evening.

As usual, Marana will host its Star Spangled Spectacular at the Arizona Pavilions complex. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m.

While last year’s fireworks were launched from the Quarry Pines Golf Club, limited space and a members-only event at the club this year means the firework launch location has been moved slightly to the south of Cortaro Road, west of Arizona Pavilions Drive.  Several new viewing areas have been set up in close vicinity. 

Prior to the fireworks show at 9 p.m., guests can watch a movie at Crossroads at Silverbell Park at 7 p.m. This year’s film is “The Sandlot.”

Marana Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell says the public can expect an enhanced and very exciting fireworks show this go-around.

Last year, the fireworks show featured a total of 519 shells fired. This year, the show is slotted for 1,205 shells to be fired, with 594 of those coming during the show’s grand finale.

While some food vendors will be on-site, Campbell says options will be limited, so it may be beneficial for families to bring their own food or eat at one of the nearby restaurants before arriving. 

Comcast will sponsor the event for the fifth year in a row.

Early arrival is recommended in order to find parking and a viewing location. 

Alcohol and consumer fireworks are prohibited at the park. 

The Town of Oro Valley will host an afternoon of activities beginning at 3 p.m. Families can participate in a variety of festivities at James D. Kriegh Park, located at 23 W. Calle Concordia. On-site entertainment will include the bands “Little House of Funk” and the “Bryan Dean Trio.”

Other activities include arts and crafts, a jumping castle, and a rock-climbing wall.

Activities are free of charge.

Also at the park, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center will play host to relay races, diving contests, and games. Admission to the pool is discounted, and costs $2 for adults and $1 for children. A food truck and will be available at the aquatic center, and the concession stand will be open for business. 

“Whether you’d like to keep cool in the shade and listen to live music in the park, or make a splash in the new aquatic center, we’ll have fun activities for all ages in both areas,” said Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath.

The day will wrap up with a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m., which is sponsored by the Hilton El Conquistador.

General parking will be available at Canyon Del Oro High School, and handicap parking can be found at James D. Kriegh Park. 

For further information on either of the events, including maps, parking, and viewing locations, visit or

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