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Parking and transit for the Tempe July 4th Celebration

 

Parking & Transit

Tempe Beach Park

80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Clear Bag Policy

Parking for the Event
All Public Parking is $10 Per Car

Because of high attendance to the event and construction in the area, plan to arrive early and leave late for the best parking. If driving, event patrons are encouraged to consider these parking suggestions:

  • ADA parking is available at the 201 S. Ash Garage.
  • Patrons traveling from the west should park at the lot located at Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive.
  • Patrons traveling from the east should plan to park at Hayden Ferry Lakeside Garage at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill or Marina Heights West Garage.
  • There is available parking in the Mill Avenue District. However, extra time may be needed due to the popularity of the area and the event traffic plans. Visit www.tempe.gov/parking.
  • ASU will have Lot 59 - Rio Salado Parkway and Packard and Lot 20 - Myrtle between 9th and 10th Streets available.
  • Event Parking will NOT be permitted in the Marina Heights / State Farm complex. Limited parking is available in the ASU Lots.
  • Avoid parking on the north bank. The Mill Avenue bridges will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Patrons who park on the north bank of the lake will NOT be able to walk across the Mill Avenue bridges to attend the event.
  • For street closures and bus detours, visit www.tempe.gov/streetclosures.
  • Expect some delays after the event. Your patience is appreciated.

Tempe offers extended bus and light rail service for July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Tempe and Valley Metro make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, with more light rail vehicles, more buses and extended service hours. To help people get to and from the festival conveniently, Valley Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule with enhanced service starting at 5 p.m., and Tempe bus service will be extended with many routes running until 11 p.m.

Safety note: For people driving on Loop 202 or other freeways, pay attention and DON'T stop vehicles to watch fireworks.

Valley Metro Rail Service

Park for free at one of the designated Valley Metro Rail park-and-ride locations and ride the train for $2 per trip, per person. Passengers are encouraged to purchase an all-day pass for $4 at the start of the trip to avoid having to use busy fare vending machines in the downtown area at the end of the event. (Reduced All-Day passes are available for $2 for youth, people age 65 and older and people with disabilities.) Rail service will be enhanced beginning at 5 p.m. Check www.valleymetro.org or call 602-253-5000 for hours and frequencies. Park-and-ride locations include:

Park-and-Ride

  • Apache Boulevard and Price Road
  • Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive
  • Apache Boulevard and Dorsey Lane

Enhanced Bus & Orbit Service

Park for free at the Tempe Public Library located at 3500 S. Rural Road and ride the free Orbit Jupiter to downtown Tempe. Enhanced service will be provided on Orbit Jupiter, which will operate every 15 minutes between the Tempe Public Library and the Tempe Transportation Center from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4th. Additionally, service will be extended on Orbits Mars, Venus, Earth, Mercury and Saturn every 30 minutes until 11 p.m. All other Tempe bus routes will run according to Sunday/Holiday schedules. The cost of the ride is $2 per trip, per person on local bus routes and Orbit is free. Many downtown Tempe bus routes will drop off and pick up at the Tempe Transportation Center on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Forest Avenue. Due to street restrictions, several downtown Tempe bus routes will be detoured and will not serve their normal stops. Check www.valleymetro.org or call 602-253-5000 for fare information, bus detours, hours and frequencies. There will be no bus service to cities outside of Tempe after the event.

Street Closures for July 4th and 5th

The following street closures will be in effect:

  • Mill Avenue between Curry Road/Washington Street and Rio Salado Parkway closed in both directions from 7 a.m. July 4th until 5 a.m. July 5th.
  • Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 5th Street closed in both directions from noon July 4th until 2 a.m. July 5th.
  • Mill Avenue between 5th Street and University Drive closed in both directions from approximately 4 p.m. July 4th until 2 a.m. July 5th.
  • Ash Avenue northbound north of 3rd Street closed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4th.
  • Rio Salado Parkway between Hardy Drive and the access to Hayden Ferry Parking garage (just east of Mill Avenue) closed in both directions from 11 a.m. July 4th until 2 a.m. July 5th. Access to the Tempe Center for the Arts provided via Priest Drive to Rio Salado Parkway. Access to the Hayden's Ferry developments provided via Scottsdale Road to Rio Salado Parkway.
  • 5th Street between Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue closed in both directions from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 4th. Local access maintained from Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue.
  • Rio Salado Parkway eastbound between Priest and Hardy drives closed from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4th.
  • Veterans Way/5th Street closed in both directions between College Avenue and University Drive from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4th.
  • 5th Street closed in both directions between Forest and College avenues from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4th.
  • Access to Center Parkway via the Loop 202 eastbound on-ramp at Priest Drive closed. All traffic will be diverted onto Loop 202 from 7 to 11:00 p.m. July 4th.
  • Loop 202 eastbound and westbound on-ramps at Center Parkway closed from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 4th.
  • Loop 202 eastbound and westbound off-ramps at Scottsdale Road closed from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Bus detours effective at beginning of the service day to the end of the service day July 4th.

48 Northbound – Regular route east on Rio Salado Pkwy. to Priest Dr.; south on Priest Dr. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; North on Rural Rd. to Rio Salado Pkwy.; East on Rio Salado Pkwy. To resume regular route.

48 Southbound – Regular route west on Rio Salado Pkwy. to Rural Rd.; south on Rural Rd. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center; depart east on 5th St.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Priest Dr.; north on Priest Dr. to Rio Salado Pkwy.; west on Rio Salado Pkwy. to resume regular route.

62 Northbound – Regular route south on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; continue south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center to resume regular route.

62 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center; depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

65 Northbound – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

65 Southbound– Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

66 Northbound– Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

66 Southbound– Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

Earth Eastbound– Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; north on Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd. to resume regular route at Weber Dr.

Earth Westbound – Regular route south on Scottsdale Rd. to Weber Dr.; continue south on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Mercury Eastbound– From Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to resume regular route.

Jupiter Northbound– Regular route to Mill Ave. and University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Jupiter Southbound– From Tempe Transportation Center, south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

Venus Forward– Regular route to 5th St. & Ash Ave.; south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center to resume regular route.

Venus Back– Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

Bus detours effective 8:30 p.m. until the end of the service day July 4th.

72 Northbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; north on Rural Rd. to resume regular route.

72 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to McAllister Ave.; south on McAllister Ave. to resume regular route.

There will be no bus service to cities outside of Tempe after the event. Service to and from other cities will operate according to Sunday schedules. For information, call 602-253-5000 or visit valleymetro.org.