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Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 6:30 pm | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu Oct 7, 2010.

One summer long ago, Thomas Jefferson toiled for weeks to draft a document that would become the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty: The Declaration of Independence.

Signed July 4, 1776, it both summarized the convictions of the American people and made the case for breaking ties with their mother country, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

Two-hundred and thirty-four years later, Americans rate the Declaration the most influential document in American history, according to The National Archives and Record Administration. Give the document, and the meaning behind its exalted words, their due this weekend with one of these East Valley Fourth of July celebrations.


Chandler's Fourth of July 7UP Fireworks Spectacular

What: Live music, a kiddie carnival, a bike parade, a 35-foot water slide, a rock-climbing wall, food and drink vendors, and fireworks

When: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler

Cost: Free admission; $5 to park

Information: (480) 782-2735 or www.chandleraz.gov



Gilbert's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

What: Family activities and food and beverage concessions precede a fireworks show at sundown

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Big League Dreams, 4536 E. Elliot Road

Cost: Free admission; $5 to park

Information: www.gilbertpromotionalcorporation.com

Gilbert's 90th Birthday Bash

What: Ring in the town's birthday with games, family activities, races and free birthday cake and ice cream (while supplies last)

When: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday

Where: Gilbert Rodeo Park, 1777 S. Val Vista Drive

Cost: Free, but donations of nonperishable food items are requested for United Food Bank.

Information: www.gilbertpromotionalcorporation.com

Gilbert's Birthday Celebration

What: Residents who turn 90 in 2010 will be recognized.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 503-6767


Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Independence Day Celebration

What: Activities for kids, such as inflatables, water slides, hay rides and pony rides, along with food, craft and info vendors; fireworks.

When: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Schnepf Farms, 24810 Rittenhouse Road.

Cost: $10 per car, $10 ride wristbands, $1-$4 per ride

Information: (480) 888-1709, www.schnepffarms.com or www.queencreekchamber.org


Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom

What: Mesa's new downtown festival features live on-stage entertainment and music, replicas of national monuments and famous historical character re-enactors, a Fallen Soldier Memorial, a county fair-style fun zone, a water playground, arts and crafts booths, beer gardens, photos with the Phoenix Pinup Dolls, and fireworks.

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: along Main Street in downtown Mesa

Cost: Free admission and parking

Information: (480) 644-2069 or www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org


CBS 5 July Fourth Tempe Town Lake Festival

What: Fireworks over Tempe Town Lake are preceeded by a full evening of live music, an all-ages splash playground and a family zone with an inflatable village, face painting, rides and kids' entertainment.

When: Gates open at 4 p.m. Sunday for first-come, first-serve lawn seating.

Where: Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.

Cost: $6 in advance at Fry's Food Stores; $8 at the gate; free for children 12 and younger and active military personnel with a current military ID.

Information: (480) 350-5189 or http://tempe4th.com


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