2018 Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom


Join Us For The KOOLest Independence Day Festival In Arizona!

Wednesday, July 4th at 6:00pm
Mesa Amphitheatre/Mesa Convention Center
263 N Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201
Mesa, AZ 85201
United States

Event Description:


The 2018 Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom, presented by KOOL FM, Downtown Mesa Association, Visit Mesa and the City of Mesa, is Wednesday July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Mesa.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, July 4

Event time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Venue: Mesa Amphitheatre/Mesa Convention Center

Address: 263 N Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201

This free festival, the “KOOLest” independence festival to celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence in Arizona, will be held at the Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive.

There are plenty of ways to stay KOOL with giant misters, a splash zone, shade and a number of activities inside the Mesa Convention Center.  As always, the Arizona Celebration of Freedom will be full of entertainment, live music, patriotic displays, family fun, fireworks and much more!

What’s happening at Arizona Celebration of Freedom?

  • Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone
    • FREE carnival style and picnic style games for all ages!  Sign-up for one of the picnic games in the Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone at the registration tent (play is at your own risk).
  • KOOL Zones
    • Besides several activities indoors, there are misting trailers throughout the event to help you cool down!
  • Celebration Splash Zone
    • FREE inflatable water slides and the fire truck soak zone.  PLEASE NOTE: Water slides along Center St. will end the lines at 8:45 pm to prepare for slides to come down at 9:15 pm before the fireworks display.
  • Freedom Express Trackless Train
    • FREE rides near the Celebration Splash Zone.
  • Tailgate Zone
    • Relax on the grass and enjoy the live music on the Stars & Stripes stage while playing tailgate style games. View stage schedule
  • Stage America
    • Live music throughout the night and the Salute to America program before the fireworks. Located inside the Mesa Amphitheatre. View stage schedule
  • Independence Hall
    • Hear a presentation about the Historical Flags, visit the Hall of Flags, learn more about the Revolutionary War with George Washington and sign the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
      • Let Freedom Ring stage (Building C) View stage schedule
      • Naturalization Ceremony – Watch the ceremony as over 300 people become new citizens! Ceremony runs 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      • Mesa City Band
      • Actor’s Youth Theater performance
      • Whiskey Rose
      • Fallen Soldier 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. Watch local chalk artists create a patriotic mural and help create a mural on your own! Located in Building B.
  • We Make History Amphitheater
    • Revolutionary War Reenacting Team of We Make History (Please note: Black powder firearms will be in use.  They are not dangerous to spectators but do cause loud gunshot noises.) View schedule
  • Patriotic Military Showcase
    • Get up close and personal with a variety of military vehicles and learn more about how you can support our Troops.
  • America’s Heritage Lane
    • Walk through national monuments and figures of America freedom and history. This is a place where individuals and families can be reminded of our great heritage and enjoy some fun photo ops.
  • All American Food Court
    • An array of food and drinks to enjoy!
  • Beer Gardens
    • Beer, soda and water can be purchased in the Tailgate Zone, All American Food Court and near Stage America.

We need your help!

  • The United Food Bank needs our help! Thousands of families in our community are in need of food every day. With our support, we can help make a huge difference in the lives of Mesa residents.
  • Bring your donation of a non-perishable food item, bottles of water or cash to the Arizona Celebration of Freedom to see if we can fill the Parade Fire Truck!
    • Donations accepted at three entry locations: Both north and south entrances on Center St. and the entrance between Mesa Public Library and Mesa Convention Center.
    • Cash donations can also be made online at give.unitedfoodbank.org
    • Each donation gives attendee entry into raffle drawing for amazing prizes!

For more information about the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom, click HERE.