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Tempe prepares for Valley’s biggest July 4th bash by quotes

Tempe prepares for Valley’s biggest July 4th bashTips for accessing and enjoying the best party in town

TEMPE, Ariz. -Tempe Beach Park will be ready next week for the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s 56th annual celebration of our country’s birthday as US Airways presents the CBS 5 Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival. The event features local bands, a children’s carnival and “splash zone” area, a food court and the SRP Fireworks Spectacular, a one-hour spectacle coordinated to patriotic and classical music.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The event closes at

11 p.m.

Tickets

Advance tickets are on sale for $5 at: the Town Lake Operations Center (620 N. Mill Ave.); at the city’s Parks and Recreation Office on the second floor of the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Rd.); at Kiwanis Recreation Center (6111 S. All-America Way); and at the Escalante Community Center (2150 E. Orange St.). Tickets also are available for $6 at Safeway stores or at www.GetTix.net <http://www.gettix.net/> . At the gate, tickets are $8 or $15 for two. Children 12 and under are free.Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the event benefits local charities. For event details, visit www.tempe4th.com <http://www.tempe4th.com/> . For traffic and bus details, visit www.tempe.gov/tim. Getting there and getting homeThe City of Tempe will make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival with FREE extended bus service. Residents are encouraged to park at one of the following park-and-ride locations and ride the bus for free to the festivities:

* Tempe Library Complex, located at the southwest corner of Rural

Road and Southern Avenue (Route 72)

* Tempe Sports Complex, located on Hardy Drive just north of

Warner Road (Route 62)

* Target, located on the northeast corner of Baseline Road and

McClintock Drive (Route 81)

* Arizona Mills Mall located, on Priest Drive north of Baseline

Road near entry 1 (Routes 56, 92)

Before 3 p.m., all Tempe bus routes will run according to Sunday schedules. After 3 p.m., the following bus routes will run every 15 minutes to downtown Tempe until 8 p.m. with return service until midnight. All routes serving downtown will drop off and pick up on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive in the Tempe Center parking lot.

* 56 – Priest

* 62 – Hardy

* 66 – Mill

* 72 – Rural

* 81 – McClintock

* 92 – 48th Street/Guadalupe

Several Tempe bus routes will be detoured from 5 a.m. July 4 to 1 a.m.

July 5. Visit www.valleymetro.org for bus detours, routes and scheduling. The Tempe Transit Store, 502 S. College Ave., will be closed July 4. For more information about the July 4th festival, visit www.tempe4th.com <http://www.tempe4th.com/> or call 480-350-5189. For street closure information, visit www.tempe.gov/streetclosures. ParkingFree ADA-accessible parking will be available at the US Airways parking lot on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and 3rd St. Other lots are available at $10 per vehicle, including: ASU’s Lot 59 at Rio Salado Parkway and Rural Road; Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy; and the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Free bicycle parking is available on the east and west sides of Tempe Beach Park.

Do not park on the north side of Tempe Town Lake if you intend to come into the event at Tempe Beach Park, since the Mill Avenue bridges will not be open for vehicles or pedestrians.

What to bring

Sealed containers of water, portable chairs and blankets are okay to bring into the event. Food, coolers, pets, skateboards, skates and bicycles are not allowed. Permitted service animals are allowed.

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