City/Town Snapshot: Town of Marana, AZ

Marana's Inspiring Past, Vibrant Present, and Exciting Future

For the past 40 years, Marana has changed a lot. When the town first incorporated in 1977, it was just a few square miles and a couple thousand residents. Today, Marana is home to hundreds of businesses, thousands of families, Arizona's only Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort, and a beautiful new mall. Marana has accomplished incredible achievements in the last forty years, and will continue that trend for the next forty.

Part of what has made Marana so successful is the town's firm, collective commitment to community. Wherever you go in Marana, you'll find neighbors helping neighbors, residents shopping at local businesses and kids playing together in Marana parks. Throughout the year, you can see vivid reminders of this energy at all of Marana's signature events. In spring, summer, fall, and winter, the town makes sure to celebrate all that brings the whole community together.

Founders' Day kicks off our signature events calendar every spring. In this celebration of the founding fathers and mothers of Marana, there is a heritage parade, live music, down home cooking, and much more. Then, in Marana's biggest event of the year, you can watch the fireworks of the Star Spangled Spectacular on the 4th of July. The town's newest addition to the event series, the Cotton Festival, continues the fun in October. There, you can celebrate the harvest and Marana's agricultural heritage with rodeo demonstrations, a carnival, and, best of all, a gigantic pile of freshly picked cotton. Finally, wrap up the year with December's Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting. There's nothing more enjoyable than sipping on a hot chocolate amid all the yuletide festivities. Learn more about all of these events at

All of these annual activities are part of what makes Marana so special, and this year, the Town has embarked on a one-time rebranding effort to commemorate the significance of our 40-year anniversary. Inspired by the original logo, this new brand captures the forward-thinking, modern outlook of Marana. This rebranding effort will both reflect the last forty years and position the town to thrive over the next forty years.

The future indeed looks bright for Marana, and not just because of these rebranding efforts. The town is envisioning an especially bright future for Downtown Marana. Already we have a number of major employers located in this area, including MHC Healthcare, Northwest Fire, and our very own Marana Municipal Complex. Currently, we are working to expand the Tangerine/Downtown Sewer Conveyance System to provide the infrastructure needed to support continued growth in this location.

To many, Marana's grand plans may seem improbable. Forty years ago, many thought the same things about a group of farmers who banded together to protect their water rights. In many ways, the same commitment to shared goals that inspired those farmers in 1977 still guides us today. These values provide the foundation for the outstanding community you can see all around. Marana can be proud of how far it has come, where it is today, and where it will be tomorrow.

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