On the Fourth of July, the dawn’s early light may bring more than flag-waving among amber waves of grain.
According to the National Weather Service, it’ll also bring a heat wave. Meteorologists expect a high pressure system to usher record-setting temperatures into the Valley this week. Independence Day may be the hottest of the year with a projected high of 117 degrees. The holiday’s record temperature is 118 degrees.
Before looking up for fireworks, look out for heat advisories and excessive heat watches.
Projected highs Today: 107-112 Monday: 108-113 Tuesday: 111-116 Wednesday: 112-117 Thursday: 109-114 Friday: 104-109
Listen to your body
Doctors at Banner Health say temperatures above 105 degrees seriously increase the risk of heatrelated illnesses.
Sunburn and dehydration can become heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. High temps can cause your body’s cooling system to shut down, making you feel weak, nauseated and irritable. Heat stroke can be fatal. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., wear sunscreen, cover-ups and sunglasses with ultra-violet protection.
Survive the summer swelter
• Is your shirt a good cover-up? Stand outside and put your hand underneath it. If you can you see your hand, you need heavier material.
• Infants less than six months old have thin skin. They shouldn’t wear sunscreen, so keep them out of the sun.
• Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside so that a good layer of protection can form.
• Reapply sunscreen every two or three hours or after swimming.
• Clouds and pollution don’t filter out the rays that cause sunburn, and water reflects and intensifies them.
• Drink plenty of water even if you’re not thirsty. Thirst often means you’re already dehydrated.
SOURCE: Banner Health
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
Third of July Fireworks and Concerts. Evening will feature a barbecue, drink specials, prizes, fireworks and entertainment by Young Country and Easton Ashe. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. (480) 488-1906.
Chandler Fireworks Spectacular. Live music, a kids’ carnival, a bike parade, a classic cars display, food, a 35-foot water slide, a 24-foot rock-climbing wall, a dunk tank, water games and interactive amusements for kids, and fireworks. Veterans booth gives benefit information from experts. Events run 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle Bike Parade will be 6 p.m. Parking: free. Admission: $5. Tumbleweed Park, corner of McQueen and Germann roads. (480) 782-2735. www.chandleraz.gov.
GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY
Red, White and Boom. This patriotic celebration will feature a dazzling aerial display, exciting ground show, a Stars and Stripes sundown cookout, and all the Rawhide attractions for the entire family at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $2 to $5. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Indian Community. (480) 502-5600.
Power Ranch Bike, Trike and Wagon Parade. More than 400 Power Ranch residents are expected to participate in the seventh annual parade, featuring homemade floats, families and even pets outfitted in patriotic colors at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Free. Ranch House Clubhouse, 4444 E. Haven Crest Drive. (480) 988-0960.
The event will feature live music, contests, games, bouncy rides, carnival rides, community exhibits, a kids parade and a traditional fireworks display 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gilbert Soccer Park, 4260 S. Greenfield Road. (480) 380-8399. www.gilbertpromotionalcorp.org.
Family Fireworks Show. There will be a food court, entertainment for the family and a fireworks display at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Walk-up admission: $1. Parking: $5. Mesa Community College Riggs Stadium, 1833 W. Southern Ave. (480) 969-2607.
Red, White and Blue Bag It for Bucks. Salt River Tubing will give a $5 tube rental discount coupon as a token of appreciation to tubers who trade in full free Tommy & Tammy Tuber litter bags at the end of their floating trip. The event offers live entertainment, water balloon and Hula-Hoop contests, and a beach ball bonanza 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $14. Salt River Tubing headquarters, corner of Usery Pass Road and Bush Highway. (480) 984-3305. www.saltrivertubing.com.
Fire in the Sky. In addition to the 30-minute fireworks display, comedian Tim Hawkins will entertain, along with two live Kidz Blitz shows and a concert at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Road. (480) 924-4946.
Celebrate at the Rockin’ R Ranch with an all-you-can-eat barbecue beef or chicken dinner, a patriotic show by the Rockin’ R Wranglers, and a fireworks display. There also will be free watermelon, gold panning and wagon rides at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $17 to $27. Rockin’ R Ranch, 6136 E. Baseline Road. (480) 832-1539. www.rockinr.net.
Kiwanis Club Celebration. Water slides, hayrides, pony and camel rides, face painting, live entertainment, a rock climb, bouncies, kids’ activities, food and a fireworks display 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $10 per car. Schnepf Farms, corner of Rittenhouse and Cloud roads. (480) 586-5837.
Pre-4th Celebration. Guests can enjoy patriotic favorites by the Brass Menagerie, face painting, balloon animals, jugglers, mimes, food, and a guest appearance by Uncle Sam 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Free. El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road. (480) 488-1072.
Red, Wright and Blues Fest.
Guests can enjoy a night of jazz and blues music with the Sahnas Brothers and King Gypsy Caravan, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer from several of the area’s most popular caterers and fireworks 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $60 to $70. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. (480) 627-5363.
CBS 5 Tempe Town Lake Festival. Fireworks display, live entertainment, family fun area, splash zone, a food court and a beer garden 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $6 to $15. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (480) 350-5189. www.tempe4th.com.
American Legion Post 2, Unit 2, Squadron 2 and Chapter 2 celebrate the annual event and potluck luncheon 10 a.m. Wednesday. Free. American Legion Post Home, 2125 S. Industrial Park Ave. (480) 967-2968.