Go Fourth with Star Spangled Spectacular tips

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So you’re coming to the Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4? That’s great. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Before you load the kids into the car, we offer a few helpful tips for the Town of Marana’s exciting evening of music, food and fireworks at Crossroads at Silverbell Park.

Get there early. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and the fireworks go off at 9 p.m. It will be tough to find a parking spot if you show up at 8:30. Plus, you’ll miss five great bands, lots of food trucks and fun kids’ activities.

Speaking of parking, spaces will be limited at the site. The most convenient places will be the Fry’s lot (7870 N. Silverbell Rd.) or at Walmart (8280 N. Cortaro Rd.). Please don’t park in a restaurant lot unless you’re planning to dine at the establishment. There also will be areas marked as no parking zones.

Be patient after the show. Our traffic engineers and police department have a proven plan to get the area around the park cleared of vehicles as soon as possible. It will be a Saturday night and we’re expecting a crowd of anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000. A little patience can go a long way.

Consider a Star Spangled Staycation. Several Marana hotels and motels are offering special room rates July 4. Check here for more information.

Bring a little cash. We’ll have more than 30 great food trucks at the park and most take credit cards. But play it safe and travel with a little green anyway. Side note: There won’t be an ATM at the park.

Pack a swimsuit and towel for the kids. Many of their activities at the park feature water. Of course. It’s July 4. Youngsters will need to cool down a bit.

Consider leaving the canines at home. As we know, most dogs don’t like loud noises. The fireworks show will be bigger and better than ever, which means lots of booming and banging.

Bookmark maranaevents.com for information. We’re continually updating the site with all the latest news. You can also find plenty about our Cotton Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting on the site along with news regarding our concerts and movies in the park.

Pack a blanket or chairs for comfort. We rent those items for our Concerts in the Park, but we don’t have enough to go around for a huge event like July 4.

Bring and drink water. People often don’t realize they are dehydrated until it’s too late. No one wants to spend Independence Day in the emergency room. Also remember that excessive alcohol can cause dehydration. Also, please don’t drink and drive.

Be safe with consumer fireworks. Those that are legal in the state are OK to use in Marana. But they should be used with safety in mind. Wear eye protection if you’re lighting fireworks and keep the kids at a safe distance. Of course, the best way to watch fireworks is at a professional show, like the Star Spangled Spectacular.

Follow us on social media for updates. We’ll be blogging here and posting news on our Facebook and Twitter pages the next couple of weeks leading up to the show.

Cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Unfortunately, if rain cancels the event, we can’t hold a makeup show. While we could always use a little precipitation, let’s hope for an uneventful July 4.

Say hello to Dan Marries. The KOLD anchor and Marana resident is our event emcee.

The Star Spangled Spectacular is a patriotic night of fun for the whole family. Please join us at Crossroads at Silverbell Park as the community celebrates our great nation.

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