Santa Cruz County is ready to go all-out to celebrate Independence Day, with parades, parties and fireworks planned in three communities on July 4.
Events in Nogales start at 10 a.m. with the annual Independence Day parade, which this year will follow a new route.
Instead of heading south on Morley Avenue and looping back north on Grand Avenue, this year’s parade will follow a direct route on Morley, starting at the U.S-Mexico border and finishing at War Memorial Stadium. State Representative Rosanna Gabaldon will be the grand marshal of the parade.
The celebration continues at Fleischer Park 4-11 p.m. with food, games, entertainment and fireworks after dark. The groups Mezcal and Nightlife will provide music and Nogalian Brigette Murrietta will sign the national anthem.
The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will host its traditional Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon.
The party includes kids’ activities such as hula hoops, coin guessing, face painting, and bean bag and ball tossing. Attendees can also enjoy free hot dogs, nachos, watermelon and lemonade.
The grand finale, as always, is a “spray-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire District. “Bring towels if your kids will be participating,” the park said in an announcement.
Park admission is free during the event.
Later that day in Tubac, the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa will host its Independence Day celebration from 4-10 p.m. There will be a Kids Zone, face-painting, food stations and entertainment in the afternoon, and a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
The parking fee is $10 per car, and attendees are asked to leave coolers and pets at home.
Patagonia’s always-popular Independence Day parade starts at 11 a.m., and will be followed by a picnic in the Town Park during the afternoon.
A fireworks display is scheduled for after dark at the high school, followed by a dance at the gazebo at the Town Park.