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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:30 pm

There’s hope that the only “booms” heard over Ahwatukee Foothills next Tuesday are made by fireworks.

With a slight chance — the Weather Channel has it at 10 percent — for rain, Ahwatukee residents won’t have to worry too much about the 37th Annual Red, White and Boom at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., on July 3. Other than the usual — finding a good parking spot and good seating to watch as the sky fills with colorful explosions Tuesday night.

The gates will open at 3 p.m. and the event will go until 11 p.m. Activities will kick off with Casey Lee Smith, an Arizona native and rising teen star, performing from 3 to 5 p.m.

From 5 to 6 p.m. “Ahwatukee Idol” with the Ahwatukee Children’s Theater will take the stage and a hot dog-eating contest hosted by Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits will put the strongest eaters to the test.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show, one of the newest additions to the celebration, from 6 to 9 p.m.

As always, the event is free to the public. Residents can purchase tickets in the Hospitality Area for $25 for adults and $15 for kids, which includes one meal, one drink, a tent and a place on the misted patio.

“With the addition of more than 40 local vendors, kids zones, water activities and Radio Disney we’re certain that this year’s event will bring the community and local businesses together to celebrate in the spirit of Independence Day” Anne Gill, president and CEO of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.

Red, White and Boom sponsors include the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Vision Management, San Tan Ford, Xeri Scapes, Mid First Bank, Loco Patron, Sonoran Mountain Realty, Edward Jones, SRP, Dignity Health, Club West, Lakewood Homeowners Association, Ahwatukee Bureau of Management, Ahwatukee Little League, Smart Water and Pop Chips.

For more information, or to become a sponsor or vendor, call (602) 276-2499.

Donations and tickets can also be purchased on the chamber’s website,

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or

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