CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival Sunday, July 4 at Tempe Town Lake Gates open at 4 p.m. Avoid the traffic hassles and take the METRO to the Mill Avenue District. Note: Closest light rail station: Mill Ave/Third Street
Tempe Town Lake Festival: 4 p.m. The Tempe 4th of July celebration includes the Fantastic Family Fest, an inflatable village with rock climbing walls, face painting, relay races, rides and entertainment for kids. Cool off with water and games at the Splash Playground. Feast on great July 4th foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, roasted corn, snow cones and ice cream. Live bands will be jamming pop, rock and country music on the main stage near the lake from 4:30 to 11 p.m. You can bring blankets and chairs for seats on the lawn for the evening fireworks show set to patriotic and classical music. Tempe July 4th Tickets can be purchased at city of Tempe locations for $5, online and at Fry's Food Stores for $6. For the super cool crowd, VIP options include dinner from Skye Restaurant, two drink tickets and seats in a misted location for the fireworks show. $30-$60 for Skye VIP Garden, $15 for two, $8 at gate, $5 and $6 in advance, children 12 and younger and people with military with ID are FREE of charge!
EXTENDED 4th of July service: If you decide to brave the heat and the crowds, METRO light rail will be running increased service on Sunday for the Phoenix and Tempe July 4th Independence Day celebrations. METRO says they will ramp up the regular Sunday service during the late afternoon to be near 10-minute frequencies for when people make their way into the events. METRO will also be prepared with a similar service level near the end of the July 4th events. Light rail service will be extended on the evening of the 4th with the last full trips occurring at midnight, rather than 11 p.m. Remember, the light rail will be very crowded and busy handling the 4th of July traffic. Please be patient and make sure to get in the correct line or on the correct train. METRO park-and-ride lots are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember, NO overnight parking is allowed! Below is a map of where the Park and Ride lots are located, each one is adjacent to a light rail station. Remember, these park and ride lots will be very full on the 4th of July, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival attendees should know that the Mill Ave bridge will not be open to pedestrians, therefore the Center Pkwy/Washington station is not a very good choice for getting to Tempe Town Lake. All light rail riders are highly encouraged to purchase an all-day light rail pass for roundtrip service. Super smart people will buy their all-day pass in advance, so they can simply activate it on July 4th. Please also note that while the bus will be free in Tempe on the 4th of July, the light rail will not.
Are you going to take the bus or light rail to see 4th of July fireworks at Tempe Town Lake or at Steele Indian School Park? Don’t miss the Friends of Transit July 4th Transit Contest where you can win some cool prizes and transit passes. To enter, simply send Friends of Transit an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them how you use transit to get to your 4th of July celebration destination. See the Friends of Transit site for complete details.I have a feeling that the 2010 Tempe Independence Day Celebrations will be even better than last year’s shows. There are many other fireworks shows around the Valley for you to enjoy, as well.
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The 4th of July holiday is always a LOT of fun in Tempe with many cool neighborhood celebrations as well as this “big one” on the lake. What ever you decide to do this 4th of July, I hope you have a GREAT time with family and friends.