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The City of Maricopa and Ak-Chin had simultaneous celebrations of the Fourth of July on Thursday, which created lots of fireworks and water slides (and tremendous traffic jam afterward) as residents and visitors came out to join in the fun. Those participating in the first tailgate party at Copper Sky had positive feedback from their experience. Crowds gathered twice on the soccer fields to watch a motocross show, and there was general reveling throughout the park.

Photos by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s VFW Post hosted a brief flag-raising ceremony Thursday morning for Independence Day. Ray Propst, Bruce Boenning and David Hixon raised the stars-and-stripes, and Kirk Lane delivered a message of freedom at the Maricopa Veterans Center.

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When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Matthew Thornton
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll Of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton.
New York
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas M’kean
North Carolina
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward Jr.
Thomas Lynch Jr.
Arthur Middleton
New Jersey
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkins
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Tailgate cookouts, flying motorbikes, waterslides, fireworks – it’s all part of the plan for the Fourth of July.

The City of Maricopa’s annual Great American 4th is on Independence Day at Copper Sky. This year, there will be some additions to the festivities.

That includes the “Great American Tailgate,” allowing attendees to grill up food and enjoy their own beer at their vehicles before the traditional fireworks display. At past events, Community Services Director Nathan Ullyot said, beer-drinkers had been segregated into a beer garden.

“This way, more people can be in our fields just possibly using our facilities,” he said.

A $30 ticket for the tailgating includes a beer-and-wine permit. The tailgating area is the south parking lot by the ballfields. Those with tailgating tickets can show up as early as 1 p.m. to pick their prime parking spot for viewing the fireworks that evening.

The tailgating area is first-come, first-served. Tents, tables, chairs and grills are all allowed in the parking spaces and on the nearby soccer fields. It is a 21-and-over event, and staff will be checking IDs. Tailgate Passes must be pre-purchased in person from Becky Squires at the Copper Sky front desk.

At 5 p.m., a VIP Pool Party gets started in the Aquatics Center. Advance tickets are $15. Copper Sky annual members get five bucks off.

: Great American 4th
When: July 4, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Copper Sky Regional Park
How much: Free (fees for parking, Tailgate, VIP Pool Party, waterslides)
Info: Facebook.com/COMCSRC

Electric Blue DJ Eric Chudzik gets revved up at 5 p.m. That is also when kids and adults are invited to enjoy the bounce house waterslides with a $5 wristband. For annual members, it’s free.

Recreation Coordinator Matthew Reiter said there would be a limited number of vendors, and few selling food items. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own food.

“There won’t be a vendors row out there,” he said.

That leaves more room for family fun and games, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Vince Morgan of Brigade FMX will put on a freestyle motocross show starting at 7:45 p.m. Reiter said that exhibition will be near the fireworks area on the south side of the park.

The fireworks show gets started at 9 p.m.

Those who are not tailgating can park in other parking lots for $5. Free parking with a free shuttle to and from the event will again be available at Butterfield Elementary, 43800 W. Honeycutt Road, Santa Rosa Elementary, 21400 N. Santa Rosa Avenue and Maricopa Ace Hardware, 21542 N. John Wayne Parkway.

This story is in the July issue of InMaricopa.

City of Maricopa rings in its 14th annual Great American 4th celebration at Copper Sky Regional Park on Thursday, July 4, with an incredible freestyle motocross show and first-ever tailgating feature in lieu of beer garden.

Attendees age 21+ may purchase a tailgating permit online or in-person at Copper Sky Recreation Center. The permit grants access at 1 p.m. to the “Great American Tailgate” zone where tailgaters may enjoy their own food and beverages – including grilling and libations – at their leisure. The $30 pass includes two parking spaces, permission to use pop-up tents and grills and alcohol permit to consumer beer or wine.

A heart-stopping prelude to the fireworks show starts at 7:45 p.m. with an hour-long freestyle motocross performance courtesy of famed pro rider Vince Morgan of Brigade FMX, We’re honored to have Mr. Morgan join us as we celebrate our freedom and community – he’s not only one of the original FMX riders, but also a former Maricopa resident.

Family festivities commence at 5 p.m. and include VIP Pool Party, giant water slides and inflatables, interactive DJ, various family fun and games, food trucks and vendors. The event concludes with a stunning fireworks display at 9 p.m., though guests are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

For more details, visit the Great American 4th webpage at www.GA4th.com.

By Ethan McSweeney

Two accidents in the southbound lanes of State Route 347 in Maricopa led to backups Monday evening as Fourth of July festivities were ongoing at Copper Sky Regional Park and Ak-Chin Village.

The bumper-to-bumper accidents, which occurred around 9 p.m. Monday just north of Bowlin Road, involved a total of six vehicles. No injuries were reported in either of the accidents, said Chip Wright, a spokesman for the Maricopa Fire Department.

In the first crash, one vehicle hit the back of another vehicle shortly before 9 p.m., Wright said.

For the second crash, a vehicle hit the vehicle in front it, pushing it into the next two vehicles a few minutes after 9 p.m.  It appears this four-vehicle accident was caused by the backup from the first crash, Wright said.

Wright said he isn’t sure whether the accidents were caused by drivers watching the fireworks, which were being set off around the time of the accidents at the Ak-Chin celebration and then at Copper Sky.