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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:37 am | Updated: 4:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Got plans this long weekend for camping, hiking or fishing up north? Or maybe you feel like staying home on the Fourth of July for a backyard barbecue and fireworks? Either way, take some time off work and enjoy yourself.

FORESTS AND LAKES: Nearly all forests have restrictions on campfires, smoking and fireworks. Campfires will be allowed at several lakes, including Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake and the Bartlett Lake Marina.

• The Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff and Sedona is closed. So are portions of the Tonto National Forest. But popular recreation spots such as Canyon Creek, Valentine Ridge and Christopher Creek will remain open.

• Parts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are closed. But Greer lakes, Woods Canyon, Willow Springs and campgrounds at Big Lake remain open.

• The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been closed because of the Warm fire in the Kaibab National Forest. But South Rim campgrounds and trails will remain open.

• For updates on restrictions, visit restrictions_closures.htm or call toll free (877) 864-6985.

WEATHER: Weekend travelers heading north should bring an umbrella, just in case. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures as low as 47 degrees Friday night in Flagstaff, with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Independence Day. Prescott has a 20 percent chance of rain, while Payson has a 30 percent chance.

In the Valley, expect partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain, with highs this weekend ranging from 103 degrees to 108 degrees.

ROADS: No roadwork is planned on Valley freeways during the long weekend.



Fireworks Red, White & Boom! (The Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Rawhide Wild West Town, 5700 N. Loop Road, Chandler, [480] 502-5600) New location this year. Fireworks display, family fun, cookout and live entertainment 4 p.m.Tuesday, July 4. Free.


Fireworks (Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Road, [480] 982-3141). Fireworks display 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.


Fireworks Festival (Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. 115th Ave., Phoenix, [623] 478-3050). Avondale's celebration features water rides, wildlife displays, face painting, live music and a flyover by Luke Air Force Base planes 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 3. Free.


Annual 3rd of July Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza (Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, [480] 488-1906). Live entertainment, barbecue and fireworks at sunset 6 p.m. Monday, July 3. Free.

Cave Creek Fireworks (Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Road, [480] 488-3317). Fireworks displays 9 p.m. Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4. Free.


4th of July Celebration (Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, [480] 782-2735). Classic car show, live music, food and children's rides at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.

Fireworks Red, White & Boom! (Rawhide Wild West Town, 5700 N. Loop Road, Chandler, [480] 502-5600) Fireworks display, family fun, cookout and live entertainment 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.


July 4th Celebration (Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., [480] 837-1654). Fireworks display 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.


Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration (Mesquite High School, 130 W. Mesquite St., [480] 926-1433). Fireworks, live entertainment, contests, games, carnival rides, community exhibits and a kids' parade 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.


27th Annual Glendale Hometown 4th of July Celebration (Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., [623] 930-2299). Fireworks, family-oriented picnic competitions, live music, swimming, rides and food 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.


Fireworks and picnic (Mariposa Gardens, Broadway and Power roads, [480] 830-4422). A free picnic, face art for the kids, raffles, garden tours, a magic show, music and fireworks 10 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. Free.

46th Annual Independence Day Celebration (Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., [480] 644-3836). Live music, children's activities and, of course, fireworks 6 to 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. $1 admission and $5 for parking.

Fourth of July “Night of Stars” ’50s Celebration (Living Word Bible Church, 3520 E. Brown Road, [480] 964-4463). Annual Fourth of July fireworks and carnival 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Free.

Old-Fashioned family 4th of July (Rockin' R Ranch, 6136 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, [480] 832-1539). Barbeque, Dutch-oven biscuits, watermelon, gold panning, wagon rides and fireworks Tuesday, July 4. $14-$25.


All-American Festival (Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., [623] 773-8700). Food, entertainment, games, rides, kids' zones and a fireworks display 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. $5, children under 12 admitted free.


Feline Fireworks (El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., [602] 684-5876). 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. $7.

21st Annual Fabulous Phoenix Fourth (Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix, [602] 534-FEST). Watch the largest aerial fireworks show in the southwest, four stages of bands, a carnival with games and rides 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.

Twilight Camp and Fireworks (Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, [602] 273-1341). Enjoy a barbecue dinner, animal encounters, a trail hike and watch the Tempe fireworks from the great Zoo view 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. $4-$10.


Good Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic (Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, [480] 312-2771). Free family activities like tug-o-war, three-legged races, gunny sack races, arts and craft projects and more. Participants can bring their own food to grill, fixing will be provided. Live music. 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free. July 4th Independence Day Celebration (Grace Chapel, 8524 E. Thomas Road, [480] 945-8071). An evening dedicated to the “Gift of Freedom — 230 years” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Free.


Bell ringing ceremony (American Legion Post 2, 2125 S. Industrial Park Ave.). The American Legion's bell ringing ceremoney where everyone can ring “Tempe's Liberty Bell” 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Free.

CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival (Tempe Town Lake, Rio Salado Parkway & Mill Avenue, Tempe, [480] 350-5189). Event features the SRP 55th Annual Fireworks Spectacular, live music, inflatable Kids' Ride Village, vendors, and water fun and games for the family 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. $8 or $15 for two, under 12 free.


4th of July Celebration (Schnepf Farms, 22601 E. Cloud Road, [480] 987-3100). Planned activities include: water slides, rock climb, bouncies, miniature golf, train rides, carousel, games, live entertainment, food and the third largest fireworks display in the Valley 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $10 per car load. $10 for wristbands for rides.

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