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Sonoran Glass School Celebrates Independence Day With An Artistic & Educational Spin

The Fourth of July Party at Sonoran Glass School offers Tucsonans a chance to explore glass art and celebrate American history. The evening features BBQ, a water balloon fight, four different glass art projects (for $5-$15 each), a lecture and demonstration on American Stained Glass and seating with music for the fireworks. The event is Thursday, July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sonoran Glass School (SGS) on 633 W 18th Street. Admission is $5 and kids ages 12 and under are free. This year attendees ages 21 and up may bring their own beer or wine due to a new license the school acquired. For updates, information and pre-sale food tickets, visit

Glass Art Activities Throughout the Evening

The public is welcome to try a variety of glass art projects during the event. No experience or reservation is necessary. Projects from the kiln-fusing studio, the Warm Shop, include Firework Sun Catchers and Firework Magnets for ages 5 and up. Participants will choose the colors for their firework design and then SGS staff will use a glass kiln to fire the projects into smooth glass. The Lemonade Drink Stirrers and Old Glory Frit Magnets are offered in the torch working studio, the Flame Shop. Here participants ages 10 and up will use an oxygen propane torch to design their projects. Activities are $5 to $15 and a glass art instructor works with participants every step of the way.

Lecture and Demonstration: American Stained Glass

At 7:30 p.m. event goers will learn about famous artists and examples of American stained glass through a brief slideshow presentation. “We’re really excited to give Tucson a different kind of Fourth of July party,” said Nick Letson, SGS Associate Director. “It’s a party that mixes classic Independence Day activities with hands-on glass art projects and education.”

Barbeque from Famous Dave’s

For those who preorder food and admission from the SGS website (, barbeque from Famous Dave’s will be available. The meal includes your choice of roasted chicken or ribs, plus a choice two sides. Sides include coleslaw, beans, and/or corn on the cob. Plates are $12 and ticket buyers will save $2 when they buy admission and food together online.

Water Balloon Fight and “A” Mountain Fireworks

At 6PM and 7PM there will be free water balloon fights with water balloons provided by SGS while supplies last. At 9:15 the “A” Mountain fireworks will start. SGS will open their west-facing lot and provide chairs as well as music on the PA system. This music will include recordings of the Star Spangled Banner and other American anthems as the fireworks explode above. Located less than a mile from the mountain’s peak, SGS has a great view of the show.