ANTHEM – Anthem celebrates its 19th annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3 in Community Park from 6-10 p.m. A fireworks display will cap off the event, which also includes water and dry rides, inflatables, food vendors, DJ, dancing and more.
Dry rides and inflatables will be set up on Softball Field #1; with water slides on Softball Fields #2 and #3. Each individual is required to have a wristband to ride the slides or enjoy the inflatables; purchase during June for an early-bird price of $12 at the Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way or Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way. Wristbands also will be available for purchase at the event for $15 each. Wristbands are non-refundable and non-replaceable.
Following the National Anthem, performed by local teen Sophia Humbert at 9:25 p.m., the event will conclude with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.
More than 20,000 people attend the Independence Day Celebration in Anthem. Additional planning, specifically in the traffic department, comes with such a large-scale event.
“Area law enforcement, the Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Department and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation work closely with us to plan for the safety of our residents and guests,” said Michele DeMichele, director of special events for the Anthem Community Council. “This event is the largest in Community Park, with the most people in one place at one time. It is a fine-tuned operation that requires partnership and cooperation between many agencies.”
A traffic control plan takes effect mid-afternoon on July 3. Some Anthem amenities will close early to allow for event preparation. The walking bridge between the Community Center and Community Park, the Skate Park and Roller Hockey Rink will close at 2 p.m. (the Hockey Rink will reopen at 6 p.m. as a fireworks viewing area for those with special needs). The Community Center aquatics park and summer camp close at 3 p.m., while the entire facility closes at 4 p.m. Vehicles must be removed from the parking lot by 4:30 p.m., because the area is a fireworks fallout zone.
Residents and guests are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy picnic-style in the park; however, outside food and beverages, as well as seating, are not permitted within the fenced field areas. Attendees also are encouraged to visit the Food Court and Rotary Beer Garden on Softball Field #4.
As a reminder, attendees are not allowed to bring or launch personal fireworks in Community Park; however, lawn chairs or blankets to watch the fireworks in the open areas of the park are recommended. It is also recommended to leave pets at home, as the fireworks and heat can be difficult and frightening for them. If pets do attend, they must be leashes at all times; harnesses are recommended.
Special thanks to BrightView Landscapes, the Title Sponsor of the Independence Day Celebration.
Anthem Community Park is located at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem, Arizona. For more information about the event, contact Michele DeMichele at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-742-6050, or visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/independence-day.