The city of Peoria is bringing the annual All-American Festival to residents in their homes this year. Peoria will be moving festival activities online and expanding its fireworks show to be viewable from backyards, computer screens, mobile devices, and TVs.
“Peoria’s annual All-American Fourth of July Festival has long been a wonderful opportunity for us to honor the greatness of our country, the independent spirit of our founding fathers, and the freedom that we enjoy every single day,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “This year we will celebrate from the comfort and safety of our homes, but we will still celebrate! As we all look toward the skies at the spectacular fireworks show, together we will honor our heritage and liberties as Americans."
To adhere to the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria’s annual Independence Day celebration has a new twist this year. Now named the All-American Festival at Home, the city of Peoria will be expanding the fireworks show to three locations with a live online broadcast. This will be the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the Valley and it is now accessible to any Peoria and Valley resident and beyond. Additionally, festival activities like Home Hangouts, a BBQ cook-off, Patriotic Bike Parade, cannonball competition and special visits from Prickly Pete will be streamed live throughout the day via the city’s social media pages. Residents are encouraged to tune in and participate all day Saturday from the comfort of their homes, capping off their holiday with a 22-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m.
“This is such a cherished, popular Peoria tradition that we had to find a way to keep it going even amid a pandemic,” said Marylou Stephens, Peoria Arts and Events Manager. “This year we are bringing a day of fun and a spectacular fireworks show to you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by friends and family.”
For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/events. Tune into the show on Peoria Ch. 11 through Cox Channel 11 and CenturyLink Channel 8509, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CityofPeoriaAz), YouTube (Digital Peoria) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/peoriaaz).