By July 2, 2017

Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration: Everything You Need to Know


In&Out Staff Writers— More than 20,000 people from all over the Valley are expected at the 18th annual Independence Day celebration in Anthem. It’s so big the town filed an eight-page traffic plan, which MCDOT said was one of the most extensive they’ve seen, according to Anthem Community Council spokesperson Kristi Northcutt.

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Lianna Teruel at last year’s event with, well, you know who. Photo by Maria Pineda

Free festivities include a DJ and dancing, with fireworks at 9:30. Food and beer for sale. Kids get unlimited fun on rides, inflatables and water slides for $15.

The National Anthem will be sung by Anthem’s own Lianna Teruel just before the fireworks.

The event hosts “the largest crowd in the community park at one time during the course of the year,” said Michele DeMichele, director of special events. “But the attractions are spread throughout the park, so event-goers don’t feel congested.”

See details below on Traffic & Parking, Facility Closures, and What to Bring.

6–10 p.m.
Monday, July 3
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway

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Traffic & Parking

If you live close enough to walk to the Anthem show, that’s the smart move. Expect road closures and lane restrictions starting at 2 p.m. If you must drive, here’s what is planned, according to the Anthem Community Council:

  • Anthem Way & Gavilan Peak Parkway: expect road restrictions, lane reductions and left or right turn lanes blocked off; bike lanes closed with street parking permitted where designated.
  • Memorial Drive, Whitman Drive, Freedom Way, Independence Way, Venture Court and several other nearby streets will have restrictions.
  • ​Community Park parking lot (middle and lower lots): closed during the day, with access only for vendors and authorized personnel. They will reopen at 5 p.m. to the general public.
  • The first gated entry to the Country Club: closed for a brief time when the fireworks conclude.

Facility Closures

Some community facilities and areas within Community Park will close or be blocked off:

  • Skate Park and Roller Hockey Rink: closes at 2 p.m. (the Hockey Rink will reopen at 6 p.m. as a special needs viewing area only).
  • Lap Pool, Diving Well and Big Splash Water Park: closes at 3 p.m.
  • Community Center: closes at 4 p.m. — all cars must be removed from parking lot by 4:30 p.m.
  • Walking bridge between Community Center and Community Park: Closes at 2 p.m.
  • Areas surrounding the Community Center, including Soccer Fields #3 and #4, and foot bridge, will be secured for the fireworks fallout zone. No access will be allowed. [restricted area map]

What to Bring

Water, chairs and/or blankets, plus sunscreen if you plan to arrive early.

What Not to Bring

Personal fireworks and alcohol are not allowed. Officials suggest leaving pets at home— the big crowd and fireworks may frighten them.

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