Get your Independence Day on early at Tempe Town Lake!

Celebrate our country’s freedom on Sunday, July 3, at a free family festival with an in-lake fire show, live music and more.

There won’t be fireworks, but there will be fun.

Join the City of Tempe and the Tempe Kiwanis Club for Red, White and Floom at Tempe Beach Park. Floom is the name of the fire show created by local artists, Walter Productions. Twelve floating flower-shaped flumes will shoot flames up to 30 feet into the air, reflecting beautiful colors on the water. The flames are choreographed to patriotic and pop music. Different versions of Floom have been part of events such as Canal Convergence and the Lost Lake Festival.

Community-focused celebration
The flumes take the place of fireworks this year. This year’s event is intended to be smaller and more community-focused than previous celebrations. The flumes will only be visible from Tempe Beach Park and the north shore Boat Beach areas of Tempe Town Lake. Music may only be heard from Tempe Beach Park.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate America’s freedom since 2019. While there are supply chain issues with fireworks, we thought trying something new and beautiful, like these flumes, would help get us into the spirit of the holiday,” said Special Events Coordinator Jennifer Leon.

Another benefit to the flumes: unlike fireworks, they do not produce the loud bangs that often cause negative reactions for veterans and pets.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. with music by Abby and Luke, spinning by DJ Soloman and good times ‘80s music featuring Arizona favorites, Rock Lobster. The fire Floom show follows the bands at approximately 8:30 p.m.

How to Floom
Food and Drink: Come with your family and friends! Bring your own picnic or sample the many great vendors that will be set up in Tempe Beach Park. Enjoy Kona Ice, Dough Rider Pizza, Paleta Bar, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Tom’s BBQ, Wandering Donkey tacos, Mini Donuts and Treats, Queso Good, popcorn from the Harkins truck and 360 Kitchen.  There will also be face painting, balloon art and more.

No alcohol is permitted at this event.

The weather will be quite warm. We encourage those attending to bring bottled water.

Tempe Boat Rentals will offer pedal boats, standup paddle boards and kayaks for rent from Tempe Beach Park. Reservations are recommended.

Privately-owned boats with lake permits will be allowed on Town Lake everywhere except near the flumes. Check for details on how to get a boat permit.

Yes please! We’d love to see videos and photos of your experiences! Tag @tempegov on Instagram and Twitter and use #ourtempe. Sorry, no drones are allowed at Town Lake.

Getting There
There are so many ways to get to Red, White and Floom.

Parking is available throughout downtown Tempe.

You can also take Valley Metro Rail to the Third Street and Mill Avenue stop and the Tempe Transportation Center/ASU Stadium stop. While the best views, music and vendors are located at Tempe Beach Park, those who would like to watch the fire flumes from the north side of the lake may want to use the light rail stop at Center Parkway and Washington Street, near Marquee Theatre. There are also Valley Metro Streetcar stops!

Can’t make it?
Watch the show on Facebook Live! We’ll broadcast from Tempe Town Lake starting at around 8:30 p.m.

Remember to celebrate safely no matter where you are. Find out which fireworks are legal, how to barbecue safely, get tips on water safety and more at


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