NOTE: Bag/Personal Item Check
All personal items will be checked and tagged upon entry.
Those without any *items will be able to go through the Express Lanes at entry.
Only service animals allowed in the event
Help us help you find a missing child in the event!

Be sure to take a wristband–provided at all event entrances and information booths–to put on your child with your name and phone number listed.  If a child becomes separated from you, this will greatly help us in reconnecting you with your child!

*What items am I allowed to bring into the event?

  • WATER BOTTLES!  Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated all night.  There are water fountains inside the Convention Center and there will be a water bottle refilling station provided courtesy of Mesa Water Resources.
  • Bags, purses, backpacks
  • Coolers with maximum measurement of 26” long x 16” wide x 16” high
  • Portable chairs
  • Blankets
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Food

Can I bring a cooler into the event?

Coolers with maximum measurement of 26” long x 16” wide x 16” high are permitted.  Alcoholic beverages MAY NOT be brought into the event.  All items will be searched and tagged upon entry.

Can I bring my bag or backpack?

Small bags and backpacks are permitted. All personal items will be searched at entry.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service animals are permitted on the event site.  We ask that service animals are appropriately equipped to withstand walking on hot concrete and do not have an issue with loud noises (from fireworks or black-powder guns during a reenactment).

How much do entry and activities cost?

Entrance into the event and activities are FREE.  Only food, drinks, and merchandise from vendors will have an associated cost.

Why do the water slides shutdown?

The lines to the slides in the Celebration Splash zone are cut off at approximately 8:45 p.m. and the slides are deflated at 9:15 p.m. The slides are brought down because numerous families live along Center Street behind those slides and have requested that they be able to enjoy the fireworks with their family and friends from their front yards.

What time are the fireworks?

The fireworks are scheduled to go off an approximately 9:30 p.m. They are set-off after the Salute to America program that is held on Stage America.

What direction do I look to see the fireworks?

The fireworks will be set-off east of the event.  You will want to watch the sky over the Mesa Amphitheatre to see the fireworks.

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

Yes, food and beverage vendors will be on location. There are several beer stands throughout the event, generally near the music stages. All patrons must show proper ID to receive a wrist band prior to purchase.  Alcoholic beverages MAY NOT leave the event.

Is there seating available?

There is some seating around the stages, as well as tables for dining in the food court area.  There are also several grassy areas where attendees can sit.  You may bring portable chairs to the event, but attendees are asked to refrain from reserving lawn areas for fireworks viewing.

If I leave, can I come back into the event?

Yes, this event is free and open to the public to enjoy.  However, NO ALCOHOL can leave the event.

Can I bring my own products to sell or promote?

Unauthorized vending and solicitation is prohibited throughout the event site.

Is there wheelchair or stroller rental?

No, there are not any rental items.

Is smoking allowed?

No. Per Mesa City Code 6-11-4 “No person shall smoke in any public place when the public gathers together for any purpose or event.”

What items will I be prohibited from bringing into the festival?

  • NO Outside alcohol
  • NO Contraband or illegal substances
  • NO Firearms /Weapons of any kind
  • NO Fireworks/Sparklers/Firecrackers
  • NO Laser Pointers
  • NO Motorized carts or scooters (unless ADA approved)
  • NO Clothing with gang signs / symbols OR of particular colors worn in combination with known gang signs or symbols
  • NO Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors
  • NO bicycle riding within the event area
  • NO Pop-up tents or canopies