People enjoy Ahwatukee's Red White & Boom celebration Tuesday night.. July 3, 2012 Darryl Webb/AFN

DARRYL WEBB

Enjoy great food, live music and fireworks at the 38th celebration of Red, White and Boom! Hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and presented by Vision Community Management, the Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival is professionally produced by HDE Agency and will be at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. from 4 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.

Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show will provide live entertainment starting at 4 p.m. The Radio Disney Road Crew will keep the party hopping with music, interactive games and prizes all centered on family friendly fun. At 6:45 p.m. families will enjoy bratwurst eating competitions, one just for kids and one featuring local firefighters, hosted by Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits. Lane Change, a local Ahwatukee Band, will perform contemporary rock classics on stage from 7 p.m. as they count the night down until it’s time for fireworks at 9 p.m. The Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 color guard will present the flag with a performance by the Ahwatukee Community Chorus. The National Anthem will be performed by Jenny Kowalski, an Ahwatukee resident.

General admission to the event is free, however, patrons can purchase tickets to the Boom Room Hospitality Tent. The Boom Room provides a festive atmosphere and an opportunity to watch the fireworks from a cooled, misted patio. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 for children 12 and under, and include a meal and one beverage. Space is limited and tickets can be purchased at the chamber or at www.ahwatukeechamber.com.

The spirit of Independence Day is not only about the United States officially becoming a country. It’s about celebrating the values that the country was founded upon and remembering that as Americans, we should continue to embody the values our country was built on.

Red, White and Boom is more than just a fireworks show. It is Ahwatukee’s way to celebrate our history and give thanks for the freedom and liberties for which our Founding Father’s fought. Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of the best parts about summer.

“We are both pleased with the progress for the event in three weeks,” said event co-chairs Kendra Fleetwood, owner CK’s Tavern and Grill, and Kent Johnson, publisher of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. “Our goal and mission is to make this a great experience for the residents of Ahwatukee and surrounding areas. The local businesses have been extremely supportive and we can’t forget our committee that started meeting in October of last year. They have done a great job with the planning for the upcoming event. We hope everyone from the community can make it on July 3 and enjoy a great day!”

While Independence Day is our national holiday and has such historical significance, it should be one big celebration. So we invite you to have fun on July 3, and show your patriotism by celebrating and watching an incredible fireworks display in the heart of Ahwatukee. Come join us for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun for the whole family!

• Anne Gill is president and chief executive officer of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (480) 753-7676 or anne@ahwatukeechamber.com.

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