The "Star Spangled Celebration," includes renditions of classic patriotic music by local singers, a variety of children's games, carnival games, arts and crafts, vendors, a fireworks display and concerts from blues artist Jan Crowe and the classic rock band East 2 West.

Co-sponsored by Saguaro Ranch, D.L. Withers Consulting, the Marana Unified School District, Monument News, Comcast, the Northwest EXPLORER and many others, Marana Parks and Recreation Department officials say they hope the event will draw more than 6000 people. Last year's event, which didn't feature fireworks due to safety concerns, drew slightly less than 6,000 people.

"We are excited, it's going to be big," Recreation Superintendent Randy Robbins said. "Every year this thing grows and grows."

Included in the festivities will be children's games and carnival rides, a watermelon-eating contest, three-legged races, face painting, craft exhibitions and pony rides. There also will be a dance for teens at 8 p.m. on the baseball field.

For adults, in addition to live music throughout the evening, Desert Diamond Casino will host a Black Jack presentation during the event as well as the Budweiser Beer Garden, both in the park's tennis courts. The Marana Chamber of Commerce also will announce the winner of its raffle for a new Nissan Frontier truck and cash prize giveaway.

More than 30 food vendors will be on hand for the event, serving up everything from barbecue to Mexican food, snacks, ice cream and other desserts.

Other vendors include arts and crafts dealers, those demonstrating and selling various patriotic-themed items and apparel, booths with novelty items for sale and displays, and presentations and products for sale from local merchants & civic organizations.

Parking will be restricted along the west side frontage road from Moore to Trico-Marana roads from 1 p.m. with access to portions of Lon Adams, Grier, Barnett, Sandario and Postvale roads blocked prior to the fireworks display.

General parking will be available at Postvale and Barnett roads for $5 per car and one canned food donation for the Marana Food Bank. Parks and Recreation officials suggest patrons coming from Interstate 10 exit at Tangerine Road and follow the posted signs for available parking.

Special needs and disability access parking will be at the Marana Community Center, located inside the park.

Shuttles will be making continuous trips to and from the Twin Peaks area of Continental Ranch and the Dove Mountain area to help ease the traffic congestion.

For more information on the "Star Spangled Celebration," call the Marana Parks and Recreation Department at 682-3395.


Main Stage Events:

5 to 5:30 p.m. - Music and announcements

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Jan Crowe concert

7:30 to 8 p.m. - Mayor Sutton's welcome

Stephanie Koeppen sings "God Bless America"

Patriotic music by Jill Ashcraft

8 to 9 p.m. - East 2 West concert

9 to 9:30 p.m. - Fireworks presentation

9:30 to 10:30 p.m. - East 2 West concert

Family Games and Youth Activities:

5 to 6 p.m. - Watermelon eating contest

6 to 6:30 p.m. - Balloon toss

5:30 to 7 p.m. - Three-legged race

8 to 10 p.m. - Teen dance

5 to 10 p.m. - Ongoing games, carnival

and pony rides

Other Activities:

5 to 10 p.m. - Chamber of Commerce

Budweiser Beer garden

5 to 10 p.m. - Desert Diamond Casino

Black Jack Demonstration

Parking information

General parking:

At Postvale and Barnett roads. Cost is

$5 per car and one canned food donation

Special needs parking:

Inside the park at the Marana

Community Center

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