Lake Pleasant ‘exploding’ with Independence Day festivities

Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant will host its annual fireworks show July 3. (Submitted photo)

Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant will host its annual Celebrate America fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, Pleasant Harbor Marina hosts this annual dramatic fireworks show, as well as food trucks and free activities for kids, including water slides, bounce houses and live music.

“This is a great family event, and there’s no better place to view the fireworks than on the shores of Lake Pleasant,” said Glen Vortherms, general manager of the Maricopa Water District, owner and operator of Pleasant Harbor Marina.

“With the colorful reflections of fireworks over the lake, it’s really a magical sight.”

Admission is $20 per vehicle, with coolers and lawn chairs always welcome.

New this year is a $50 VIP parking pass that provides the closest and most convenient parking and admission. There is also $50 reserved boat parking pass available. All tickets can be purchased online at or at the lake on the day of the event.

Pleasant Harbor is the closest destination and entrance to Lake Pleasant, open to the public 365 days a year, and conveniently located off Carefree Highway and 87th Avenue (8708 W. Harbor Boulevard). Visitors exiting I-17, travel west on Carefree Highway, or take 99th Avenue north from Bell Road to Carefree Highway and then west to 87th Avenue to Harbor Boulevard.

For more information about the Lake Pleasant fireworks show or Pleasant Harbor, call Pleasant Harbor events at 623-203-5173 or 928-501-LAKE (5253) or visit