Entertainment & Activities

We hope to see you again in 2023!

July 4, 2023
263 N. Center Street
Downtown Mesa
6 – 10 p.m.
Fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Entry into the event and activities is FREE.

Event Map coming in June

IMPORTANT: Lighting throughout the event will dim and/or be turned off at approximately 9:05 p.m. to prepare for fireworks.  PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN so they do not get separated from you. Each event entrance and all information booths will have wristbands available for your children. Please take one so that you can write your name and phone number on it just in case you do become separated.


The below schedule is 2022. Watch for 2023 details this spring!


Additional entertainment & activity details are available below the schedules. All times are subject to change.

Naturalization Ceremony

5:00 pm

Building C, Main Hall

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 75 new U.S. citizens representing several different countries during this ceremony.

Public is welcome to attend.

Anyone interested in attending will be required to use the event entrance on N. Centennial Way (See Map). Entrance will open at 4 pm and attendees will only be allowed into Building C for the ceremony. No entrance to entire event until 6 pm.

Stage America

6:00 pm – Fair Child
7:00 pm
– Mogollon Band featuring Danny Walls
9:15 pm
– Salute to America program
9:30 pm
– Fireworks

We Make History Amphitheater

6:45 pm – Revolutionary War Reenactment
7:05 pm – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band
7:45 pm – Revolutionary War Reenactment
8:05 pm – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band
8:45 pm – Revolutionary War Reenactment
9:05 pm – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band

Mesa City Band & Let Freedom Ring Laser Light Show

Independence Hall – Building C – Main Hall

Mesa City Band plays after Naturalization Ceremony until 6:30 pm 

Laser Show:
7:00 – 7:20 pm
8:00 – 8:20 pm
9:00 – 9:20 pm

Historic Flags of the U.S.

Independence Hall – Building B – Conference Theater

6:30 – 7:00 pm
7:15 – 7:45 pm
8:00 – 8:30 pm
8:45 – 9:15 pm

Patriotic Superhero Stunt Show

Between Food Court and Amphitheater

6:30 pm
7:20 pm
8:10 pm


Stage America & Tailgate Zone

Relax on the grass at Stage America and enjoy the live music throughout the night, as well as the Salute to America program before the fireworks, while playing tailgate-style games.

Fair Child
Lead singer and co-founder Ryan Fairchild is from Mesa. As a young artist in the early 1990’s, Ryan’s creative spark behind his music is blues rock, early grunge and classic country music with a story-telling songwriting talent. Fair Child is currently in the studio recording an EP produced by Out Of Order Live Music, also based in Mesa. Fair Child’s new single Rock Bottom Blues is set to be released this summer.


Mogollon Band featuring Danny Walls
Established in 1979 out of the Mogollon Rim country of Heber-Overgaard Arizona, Mogollon Band has performed for audiences worldwide including everything from private parties, corporate events, to large concert venues. Mogollon Band delivers a fun, high energy, interactive performance that audiences of all ages love. Mogollon is one of the only Country/Country Rock bands that still include a fiddle in their performances. Get ready to be Entertained!  Not only do they perform country music but also classic rock, tropical rock and their own original music too!


Patriotic Superhero Stunt Show

Featuring professional BMX stunt riders performing amazing stunts & jumps on customized ramps located near the All American Food Court.  The riders are the top talent from right here in Arizona and you don’t want to miss the awesome finales!

The Great All-American Car Show

The Great All-American Car Show, presented by Bashas’ & Food City, is one of the event’s most popular attractions, a showcase for classic American cars. Cars from decades past will fill the event area conjuring up memories and becoming conversation pieces for thousands of individuals, families and especially car enthusiasts. This is sure to be the “hottest” car show of any Independence celebration again this year.

We Make History Amphitheater

Revolutionary War Reenacting Team of We Make History provides education and entertainment with period costumes and historical tributes.

Please note: Black powder firearms will be in use.  They are not dangerous to spectators but do cause loud gunshot noises.

Additional Activities

Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone
FREE carnival-style games for all ages!

Independence Hall
Visit the Hall of U.S. Flags, learn about the history of U.S. flags, sign the Declaration of Independence, and enjoy the cool indoors while enjoying the new laser light show.

Fallen Soldiers 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 Arts & Culture Showcase
Crafts and displays from the i.d.e.a. Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Mesa Arts Center. Located in Building B.

Celebration Splash Zone
FREE inflatable water slides.  PLEASE NOTE: Water slides along Center St. will end the lines at 8:45 pm to prepare for slides to come down at 9:00 pm before the fireworks display.

Patriotic Military Showcase
Get up close and personal with a variety of military vehicles and learn more about how you can support our Troops.

KOOL Zones
Besides several activities indoors, there are misting trailers and tents throughout the event to help you cool down!

All American Food Court
An array of food and drinks to enjoy!

Beer Tents
Beer, soda and water can be purchased in the Stage American/Tailgate Zone and All American Food Court beer tents. CARD PAYMENT ONLY