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June 8, 2012

Chandler will host annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks spectacular at Tumbleweed Park

Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park will once again be the site of one of the largest Independence Day celebrations and fireworks displays in the East Valley on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the park is free, and on-site event parking is $5 per vehicle. Tumbleweed Park is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.

In addition to fireworks, the event will feature live music, a free kids carnival, a bike parade, and food and beverage vendors. Activities include a 35-foot water slide, 24-foot rock-climbing wall, dunk tank, and assorted water games and interactive amusements for kids. The live music will include performances by the bands Vinyl’s End at 7 p.m., and Plastic Gladys at 8:30 p.m.

The Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle Bike Parade will be held at 6 p.m., with each registrant receiving a free gift. The participant with the bike that is decorated best will win a Harro children’s bike. Participants can register for the free parade June 18 through July 3 at either the Ahwatukee or Chandler Cactus Bike locations, or at the park on July 4 at 5 p.m. For bike parade details, contact the Cactus Bike Chandler location at 480-782-5483 or the Ahwatukee location at 480-940-7433.

The Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is presented by the Chandler Lions Club, the City of Chandler, 7UP and Kalil Bottling Company.

“The Chandler Lions Club is proud to host this event for the community. It’s a great time for families and anyone who wants to celebrate Independence Day,” said John Stewart, a member of the Lions Club and chairman of the event. “It’s also a tremendous financial undertaking for our Club. If we are going to keep this event free in the future, we need everyone who comes to Tumbleweed Park to purchase at least one bottle of water or another beverage from our vendors.”

Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Enter the event from either westbound Germann Rd. or north and southbound McQueen Rd. A map with parking directions is available online at

For more information, call 480-782-2735 or listen to HOT 97.5 FM for updates.

  • Can I bring my own food to the event?
    Answer: Yes, you can. However, the Chandler Lions Club asks that you purchase your beverages at the event to help them keep the event free in the future
  • Can I bring drinks from home?
    Answer: Yes, you can. Non-alcoholic drinks in plastic or cans are allowed at the event. However, the Chandler Lions Club asks that you purchase a beverage at the event to help keep the event free. 
  • Can I bring a cooler from home? 
    Answer: Yes, you can. Just make sure to leave any alcohol beverages and glass containers at home. 
  • Can I bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on? 
    Answer: Yes, you can. It is encouraged that chairs and blankets are used by guests since only grass seating is available. 
  • Can I bring an umbrella or pop up canopy with me? 
    Answer: Yes, you can. Please make sure to have someone stay with the equipment at all times. Canopies are not allowed to be staked into the ground. 
  • Can I B-Q-Q on my own grill? 
    Answer: No you cannot. Open flames are not allowed in the park whether they are in park grills or personal grills.
  • Can I bring my dog with me?
    Answer: Yes, you can, as long as it stays on its leash. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that dogs stay home due to the large crowds and noise from the fireworks.
  • Are the kids games really free? 
    Answer: Yes, they are. All kids games are provided complimentary of the Chandler Lions Club. 
  • Where exactly is Tumbleweed Park?
    Answer: Tumbleweed Park is located on the southwest corner of Germann & McQueen Roads. 
  • Where can I park and how much does it cost? 
    Answer: Parking costs $5 per vehicle. You may park within Tumbleweed Park on the southwest corner of Germann & McQueen Roads. Enter from McQueen Road (near the Tennis Center) or enter off of Hamilton Street along westbound Germann Road (the Park & Ride entrance west of the Tumbleweed Recreation Center). A map is on the City’s Web site at