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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

Parking for the Event

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 US Airways garage.
  • For street closures, visit www.tempe.gov/streetclosures.
  • 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.
  • Event Parking will NOT be permitted in the Marina Heights / State Farm complex. Limited parking is available in the ASU Lots.
  • 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 Pkwy and Packard and Lot 20 - Myrtle between 9th and 10th Streets available.
  • 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.
  • Expect some delays after the event. Your patience is appreciated.

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The City of Tempe Transit program, Tempe in Motion, will make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival with extended bus and light rail service.

Valley Metro Rail Service

Park for free at one of the designated Valley Metro Rail Park-and-Ride locations. You may want to purchase an All-Day pass for $4 at the start of your 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.) Valley Metro Rail service will be enhanced beginning at approximately 5 p.m.

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

Bus & Orbit

Tempe buses will run according to Saturday schedules on July 4th until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., most Tempe bus routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to the Mill Avenue District until 8 p.m. with return service until midnight on most southbound routes. The cost of the ride is $2 per trip, per person. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit 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 routes will be detoured to connect with light rail and will not serve their normal stops. Check www.tempe.gov/tim or call 480-858-2350 for fare information, hours and frequencies.

Street Closures

The following street restrictions and closures have been identified. However others could be put in place to address public safety concerns that arise during the event. The information provided by the City of Tempe is for public information purposes only. All restrictions/closures are based on preliminary assessments and can be increased or decreased in scope without notice.

  • Mill Avenue between Curry Road/Washington Street and Rio Salado Parkway will be closed in both directions from 7 a.m. July 4 until 5 a.m. July 5.
  • Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 5th Street will be closed in both directions from approximately noon July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Mill Avenue between 5th Street and University Drive will be closed in both directions from approximately 4 p.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Northbound Ash Avenue north of 3rd Street will be closed at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Rio Salado Parkway between Hardy Drive and the access to Hayden Ferry Parking garage located just east of Mill Avenue will be closed in both directions from 11 a.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5. Access will be provided to the Tempe Center for the Arts via Priest Drive to Rio Salado Parkway. Access to the Hayden’s Ferry developments will be provided via Scottsdale Road to Rio Salado Parkway.
  • 5th Street between Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue will be closed in both directions from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 4. Local access will be maintained from Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue.
  • Eastbound Rio Salado Parkway between Priest Drive and Hardy Drive will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Veterans Way/5th Street will be closed in both directions between College Avenue and University Drive from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • 5th Street will be closed in both directions between Forest Avenue and College Avenue from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.

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

48 Northbound – Regular route 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.

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

62 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center; from 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 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 to University; west on University to Mill; south on Mill to resume regular route.

66 Northbound - Regular route 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 to University; west on University to Mill; south on Mill to resume regular route.

Earth Eastbound - From Tempe Transportation Center south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Priest Dr.; north on Priest Dr. to Washington St.; east on Washington St./Curry Rd. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to resume regular route.

Earth Westbound - Regular route to College Ave. and Curry Rd.; west on Curry Rd./Washington St. to Priest Dr.; south on Priest Dr. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center to end route.

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

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

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

Venus Forward - Regular route to 5th St. & Ash; south on Ash to University; east on University 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 to University; west on University to Ash; north on Ash 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.

72 Northbound – From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to McClintock; north on McClintock to Curry; west on Curry to Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd.; north on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. to resume regular route.

72 Southbound –Regular route to Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. and Curry; east on Curry to McClintock; south on McClintock to University; west on University to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center. From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to resume regular route.

There is 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.