Fireworks are a traditional part of the party at Copper Sky for Independence Day.

Independence Day in Maricopa is often marked by traditional firework displays and sweltering heat.

This year, the city of Maricopa will combat the summer weather during its annual Great American 4th Celebration by incorporating a pool party into the event.

Online registration prior to the pool party will be required for admission inside the Copper Sky Aquatic Center. Copper Sky members over the age of 3 can purchase a wristband through the city website for $10. Non-members will pay $15.

The pool party is open for the duration of the celebration from 6 to 10 p.m.

As in previous years, the evening will include free admission to the event held on the grounds of Copper Sky Regional Park. The city will host live entertainment, a kids zone, food vendors and a beer garden.

Special Events and Marketing Manager Niesha Whitman said the patriotic celebration is a convenient, family-friendly option for residents.

“Maricopa is always about family and togetherness, so we want to celebrate that and encourage people to come out and support local,” Whitman said.

Homegrown, three-man band Combust will lead off the night’s entertainment, followed by a set from local singer Laura Walsh. Headliners Outside the Line will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

General parking at the event will be $5; VIP parking will cost $20 and must be purchased online prior to the event.

The city will provide a free shuttle service from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at seven locations: Santa Rosa Elementary School, Santa Cruz Elementary School, Butterfield Elementary School, Saddleback Elementary School, Maricopa Elementary School, Maricopa Wells Middle School and Ace Hardware.

Whitman said fireworks will begin around 9:10 p.m., after remarks by Mayor Christian Price and city councilmembers.

This story appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.