Entry into the event and activities are FREE.
Bring a water bottle! Water fountains are available throughout the Convention Center and there will be a free water bottle refill station available courtesy of Mesa Water Resources. Visit the FAQ page for a list of items allowed into the event.
KOOL Zones – Besides several activities indoors, there are misting trailers throughout the event to help you cool down!
Fireworks are at approximately 9:30 pm
|STAGE AMERICA – Main Stage|
|6:00 – 7:30 pm
7:45 – 8:50 pm
|9:00 – 9:10 pm
9:10 – 9:30 pm
9:45 – 10:00 pm
|108th Army Band
Salute to America Program
Fireworks to the music of the 108th Army Band
108th Army Band
|STARS & STRIPES STAGE|
|6:00 – 7:30 pm||Sugar Thieves
|8:00 – 9:25 pm
|WE MAKE HISTORY AMPHITHEATER|
|6:15 – 6:45 pm
7:15 – 7:45 pm
|108th Army Brass Sextet|
|6:45 – 7:05 pm
7:45 – 8:05 pm
8:45 – 9:05 pm
|Revolutionary War Reenacting Team of We Make History
(Please note: Black powder firearms will be in use. They are not dangerous to spectators but do cause loud gunshot noises.)
|6:30 – 7:00 pm||Historic Flags of the U.S.|
|7:00 – 7:15 pm||Civics Test|
|7:15 – 7:45 pm||Historic Flags of the U.S.|
|7:45 – 8:00 pm||Civics Test|
|8:00 – 8:30 pm||Historic Flags of the U.S.|
|8:30 – 8:45 pm||Civics Test|
|8:45 – 9:15 pm||Historic Flags of the U.S.|
|9:15 – 9:30 pm||Civics Test|
|Let Freedom Ring Stage (Building C)|
|6:30 – 7:00 pm||Mesa City Band|
|7:00 – 7:45 pm||Naturalization Ceremony|
|7:45 – 8:30 pm||Mesa City Band|
|GO*VETS Foundation VIP Party at The Oakroom (61 E. University Drive)|
|4 – 10 pm||Beer garden, Food tents, Live entertainment|
|6 – 10 pm||Putting Contest for prizes|
|Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone – FREE carnival style and picnic style games for all ages! Sign-up for one of the picnic games in the Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone at the registration tent (play is at your own risk). Games are:
6:00pm Musical Chairs
7:00pm Water Balloon Toss
7:30pm Pass The Water
8:00pm Egg & Spoon Race
8:30pm Sack Race
**Celebration Splash Zone – FREE water features including inflatables, soak zones and a Fire truck spraying water. PLEASE NOTE: Water slides along Center St. will end the lines at 8:45 pm to prepare for slides to come down at 9:15 pm before the fireworks display.
Tailgate Zone – Relax on the grass and enjoy the music while playing tailgate style games.
Patriotic Military Showcase – Get up close and personal with a variety of military vehicles and learn more about how you can support our Troops.
Fallen Soldier Memorial – A breathtaking memorial honoring the Arizona fallen heroes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Located in Building B, Palo Verde Rooms
America’s Heritage Lane – Walk through national monuments and figures of America freedom and history. This is a place where individuals and families can be reminded of our great heritage and enjoy some fun photo ops.
Independence Hall – Hear a presentation about the Historical Flags, take a civics quiz, learn more about the Revolutionary War with George Washington and sign the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Also visit the Hall of Flags! Flags from every state and our US territories. This year we also have a special edition of WWI Centennial flags.
Naturalization Ceremony – Watch the ceremony as over 100 people become new citizens!
America’s Arts & Culture Showcase – Crafts and displays from the i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History and Mesa Arts Center. Watch local chalk artists create a patriotic mural and help create a mural on your own!