Mesa: Celebrate at Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom

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The Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom is guaranteed to be one night of spectacular FREE fun and entertainment. The state's coolest festival to celebrate America's freedom and independence is Monday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre campus, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between First Street and University Drive.

The temperatures may be hot, but you can stay cool at the event with KOOL Zones, sponsored by KOOL-FM, that include misting areas. There will be many activities, displays and events inside Mesa Convention Center.

ATTRACTIONS

Entertainment on two outdoor stages: Mesa Amphitheatre and Stage America, located on the grass near Center and Second Streets.

The Salute to America program at 9:15 p.m., on Stage America, will be followed at approximately 9:30 p.m. by the Fireworks Extravaganza. The fireworks, as is tradition, will be accompanied by patriotic music. Please do not bring your pets to the fireworks display, due to the loud noises.

One of the "must see" attractions is the Great All-American Car Show presented by Bashas' and Food City. It features more than 35 pre-registered American-made vehicles on display outdoors between the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Public Library. The car show includes a "Best of Show" with trophies for first place, second place and third place.

Another spectacular attraction is the Let Freedom Ring Laser Light Show inside the Mesa Convention Center. There will be three 20-minute shows at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. featuring spectacular laser displays, photos and patriotic music.

Back by popular demand is the Patriotic Superhero Stunt Show. It features professional BMX stunt riders performing amazing stunts and jumps on customized ramps near the All-American Food Court. The riders are the top talent from right here in Arizona and you don't want to miss the awesome finales! Performances are scheduled at 6:30 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bottle. Stop by the Water Bottle Refill Station outside Mesa Amphitheatre and fill up your water bottle for FREE! Courtesy of City of Mesa Water Resources, you can stay cool and hydrated while you enjoy the celebration.

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Mesa Convention Center will host Historic Flags of the U.S. at 6:30 p.m., 7;15 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. The Hall of Flags features flags from every state and our U.S. territories.

A Revolutionary War reenactment at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at the Mesa Amphitheatre from the local reenactment group We Make History. During the reenactments, black powder firearms will be in use. They are not dangerous to spectators but produce loud gunshot sounds. Life in 1776 Revolutionary War artifacts will be on display inside the Mesa Amphitheatre.

Between the Revolutionary War reenactments at the Mesa Amphitheatre, enjoy the patriotic sounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band. The band is scheduled to perform at 7:05 p.m., 8:05 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.

Fallen Soldier Memorial is a breathtaking memorial honoring the Arizona fallen heroes from the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial will be located inside Mesa Convention Center.

A naturalization ceremony at 5 p.m. inside Mesa Convention Center features 75 people, representing 29 countries, taking the oath of citizenship.

Patriotic Military Showcase allows you to get up close and personal with various military vehicles and learn more about how you can support our troops.

America's Arts and Culture Showcase, inside Mesa Convention Center, featuring crafts and displays from the i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History and Mesa Arts Center

Tailgate Zone, located in the grass next to Stage America, will offer plenty of games for adults and kids to enjoy such as a football toss, basketball hoops, field goal kick and cornhole toss.

Yankee Doodle Kids' Zone offers free carnival style games for kids and face painting.

All American Food Court will offer a variety of food and beverages for sale. Beer gardens, offering beer, soda and water for sale, will be located at the Stage America Tailgate Zone and the All-American Food Court.

PARKING AND STREET CLOSURES

FREE parking is available in all lots and on-street parking areas throughout downtown Mesa. ADA parking is in the lot at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way (MLK Way, formerly 3rd Place) and Center Street. Only vehicles with appropriate stickers, license plates or hangtags will be allowed in the lot.

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The following streets will be closed or restricted from 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 5:

Center Street between University Drive and north post office driveway (1st Street) - Access is maintained to the post office driveway on Center Street north of 1st Street. Post office access maintained using Center Street

2nd Street at Center Street. Through traffic detoured at Macdonald. Local access up to Drew

MLK Way/3rd Place at Center. Through traffic detoured at Macdonald and Centennial Way. Local access maintained on 3rd Place up to Drew - access is maintained to the alley east of Drew

Hibbert between 2nd Street and University. No access permitted

3rd Place between Pasadena and Pomeroy. No access permitted

Pomeroy between 2nd Street (north of apartment entrance) and University. Local access up to the apartment entrance

Traffic will be detoured around the event via 1st Street, Country Club Drive, University Drive and Mesa Drive.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Passengers can use light rail into downtown Mesa, exit at the Center and Main Street stop and travel north just two blocks on Center Street to reach the event.

Valley Metro light rail will operate on the Sunday schedule for the 4th with enhanced service beginning at 5 p.m. The last westbound train will depart Gilbert Road at approximately 12:35 a.m.

Valley Metro buses will be running on a Sunday schedule. There will be no RAPID and Express bus service. Customer service and transit center windows will be closed.

Information about bus service and light rail service is available at www.valleymetro.org or (602) 253-5000.

For more information about the Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom, including a complete list of items you can and cannot bring to the event, visit www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org.

The 2022 Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom is sponsored by the City of Mesa, Mesa Convention Center, Sertoma Club of Mesa, Visit Mesa, Downtown Mesa Association, 94.5 KOOL-FM, Crescent Crown Distributing, Delta Hotels, Entertainment Solutions Inc., Arizona Car Show LLC, AMR, Bashas', Food City, HomeServe, Nesbitt Contracting, Mesa Recycles, Miravista Holdings, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Scannell Properties, Union Pacific Railroad, Verra Mobility, Willmeng Construction, Niagara and United Food Bank.

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