The fireworks during the Red, White and Boom celebration at the Ahwatukee Country Club on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

This year’s Red, White and Boom event in Ahwatukee Foothills will feature more games and activities for kids, food and drinks for the whole family, live entertainment all night long and sky divers that will kick off the 30-minute fireworks show.

The event will be held Thursday, July 3, at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., from 5 to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Fifty-three vendors are expected to be on scene selling food, beverages and boutique items. There will be a large kids zone with inflatable water slides, carnival games and a brand-new zip line.

Daisy Train will be playing live 5 to 9 p.m.

The fireworks display will kick off with a pyro-techniques display and lit-up sky divers diving onto the stage.

“It’s a family event,” said Kendra Fleetwood, co-chair of the chamber’s Red, White and Boom committee. “Over the years, it’s been improved by what people like and it runs really smooth. … It’s extraordinary fireworks. My son loves the kids zone. There’s a little bit for everybody. You can just bring your chairs and your blankets and it’s a nice, relaxing family event.”

The event depends on donations from the community and local businesses. Without the donations, the chamber would not be able to put on such an impressive community event.

“It still has this small-town feel to it a little bit and it just evokes such powerful images of my hometown I grew up in and the neighborhood fireworks we use to have,” said Darin Fisher, whose company, Vision Community Management, is the main sponsor for the event. “It’s getting bigger and bigger every year, but it still seems to have that small cul-de-sac feel we have here in Ahwatukee.”

Admission into the event is free. Tickets for the kids zone activities are $1 each. The zip line costs $7. Parking is $10 at the Ahwatukee Country Club. ATMs will be available on scene.

No pets are allowed besides service animals. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. No outside food or drink are allowed except for unopened bottles of water.

“I enjoy working with our businesses to put on an event that is rich in the history of this community,” said Anne Gill, president and CEO of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. “For 39 years, this has been a part of Ahwatukee. To be able to work with our sponsors, volunteers and people from the community, it’s just an honor for the chamber to be a part of that.”

Guests wanting to stay out of the heat can purchase tickets for the Boom! Room. This area will include a misted area, complementary food, a dedicated beer and beverage bar and private restrooms. Tickets are available for $25 for adults and $15 for kids at the chamber office through July 2 or the day of the event while supplies last. They can also be purchased online at

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