Celebrations, specials highlight Independence Day in Ak-Chin Indian Community

Maricopa, Arizona

When you’re looking for fun things to do this July 4, the Ak-Chin Indian Community has you covered!

Don’t miss the all-day 4th of July Celebration hosted by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Fire Department, Police Department, Special Events and Parks & Recreation. Join the pool party from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and cheer on or join the watermelon and hot dog eating contests, with trophies for top winners! Bring a tent for shade from the sun, and decorate it too – first through third place winners in the decorative tent contest receive gift cards. Other fun includes a Kid Zone provided by the Ak-Chin Police Department and Maricopa Ace Hardware, and a chair volleyball tournament. Come when you can, or make a day of it! Stay for the fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

Or start Independence Day morning earlier with golf at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, rated the sixth best course you can play in Arizona. Grab some friends, family or coworkers for this four-person scramble with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The $50 per person fee includes the greens fees for 18 holes, two carts per foursome, complimentary bottled water and a post-game buffet at Arroyo Grille.

Unleash your creative side — on-course contests recognize the best dressed and most patriotic teams. To register, call 520-426-6827. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so sign up soon!

Another way to start your Independence Day with a boom is to visit Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino for the Red, White and Blue sweepstakes, offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every 20 minutes, one lucky winner could receive $500 cash, $500 in Free Slot Play, or 50,000 Reward Credits®. Receive 100 entries for every 50 Tier Credits earned from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 4. Swipe your Total Rewards® Card at a Promotional Kiosk to activate your entries.

Bring your appetite when you come to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino to enjoy the Cook-In! For $28.99 per person, feast on ancho chili prime rib, steak, beer brats, cherry cola BBQ rib tips, brisket macaroni and cheese, loaded potato salad and other great 4th of July favorites. Throughout July, you can also enjoy endless Champagne and brunch favorites on Sundays for just $21.99 per person. Visit The Buffet for these great meals.

The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle also features a full slate of activities for Independence Day. Specials include $4 laser tag games and 80 cent games of bowling with 80 cent shoe rentals — these deals are offered all day. Kids can enjoy the slip ‘n slide outside starting at 5 p.m. Once it’s dark outside, fireworks will light up the night sky, courtesy of the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

But don’t go home after fireworks! Stick around to enjoy the movie Forrest Gump in the Ak-Chin Amphitheater. Bring blankets or low-back lawn chairs to enjoy the fireworks and movie, and an outdoor concession stand will satisfy your snack cravings.

When you’re making July 4th plans with family and friends, include some or all of these great options in your day!