News Briefs

Youth summer meals are here 

The Peoria Community Center, in cooperation with the Peoria Unified School District, is offering free afternoon snacks and dinner meals through July 23 for kids 18 years and younger.

Snacks, served from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and dinner, served from 5 to 6 p.m., are available Monday to Friday at the Peoria Community Center at 8335 W. Jefferson Street, Peoria.

Advance registration is not required, and to-go meals are available. For more information, call 623-773-7436. 


Open swim kicks off

Cool off this summer at Peoria pools. Peoria and Sunrise Mountain pools are available for open swim through Aug. 1.

Daily passes for children (ages 2 to 17) are $2, and adults (18 and older) are $4. Residents who enjoy the pool often can save money by purchasing an individual or family pass, valid through Aug. 1. Individual passes can be purchased for $30. Family passes are $100 and valid for up to six family members who live in the same household.

To purchase a swim pass, call 623-773-7137 or email


Summer Reading

Program begins

Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader is a free summer reading program that was created to encourage Peoria’s youth and future workforce to read at least 20 minutes a day over the summer. 

The program kicked off May 29 with the opening day at Sunrise Pool, located at 21321 N. 86th Drive, Peoria.

Residents can sign up and receive a bookmark to track their reading, which can then be turned in for a chance to win prizes in mid-program and final program drawings.

Additional drawing entries are available by attending free events throughout the summer.

For more information, visit 


Peoria hosts

All-American Festival

Peoria will host its annual All-American Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue. 

It features the largest Independence Day fireworks show in the state. 

“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.

“We are thrilled to bring this celebrated tradition back to our community with the largest fireworks display in the Valley.”

The free event kicks off when gates open at 5 p.m. with live music, family-friendly activities, water inflatables and slides, as well as a wide variety of food trucks and food concessions. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase inside the event. Rob West and Micky and the Motorcars will open for headliner Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

A limited number of VIP and meet-and-greet upgrade experiences are available for purchase. The $25 VIP ticket includes a buffet featuring grilled chicken and hot dogs, a cash bar and access to the air-conditioned Colonnade room. The $35 meet-and-greet ticket provides access to interact with Roger Clyne before the show and two drinks handcrafted with Roger Clyne’s Canción Tequila, hosted at the private, outdoor, sky view terrace.

Presale VIP and meet-and-greet tickets are available online at, by phone at 623-773-8700, or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Peoria will once again offer the Sensory Room, which is a calming, sensory-friendly space for children, teens and adults with sensory processing needs. Noise-canceling headphones, weighted blankets, plush chairs and soft toys are available to ensure all attendees can enjoy the celebration. Sensory kits are also available to check out during the event.

Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. Seating is on the plush lawn on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees can bring blankets, lawn chairs, snack items, bottled water and soft drinks.

Items that cannot be brought into the event include glass containers, pets, canopies, oversized umbrellas, tents, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, alcohol, firearms, fireworks (including sparklers) and grills.

For security reasons, all bags, coolers and strollers will be checked at the gate upon entry.

Parking is free, based on availability.

Follow @CityofPeoriaAZ on Facebook for a virtual celebration all weekend leading up to the big event. Join in for music, virtual contests, food stories and trivia. Details will be announced through social media pages in the coming weeks.

Residents looking to enjoy music and fireworks from the comfort of their home can tune into the show on Peoria Channel 11 through Cox Channel 11, Facebook at

CityofPeoriaAz and YouTube at

The city of Peoria continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for large events. At this time, existing mitigation policies require masks inside city facilities, including the VIP experience inside the Colonnade Room and the Sensory Room. Residents are encouraged to practice good hygiene and social distancing and stay home when sick.

For additional information on the All-American Festival, visit