Celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, food, music and patriotic remembrances across the Valley.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce event will be at Pecos Park this year. Activities include a pool playground, splash pad, kid zone and VIP lounge. Food, drinks (including alcohol) and summer treats like shaved ice, frozen lemonade, cotton candy, nachos, ice cream and kettle corn will be sold. Three bands will play before fireworks start at 9 p.m. The misted Boom! Room and Oasis Lounge include food, drinks and other amenities.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday, July 1. 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix. Free for age 5 and under; $5 general admission; $25 for Boom! Room or Oasis Lounge. 480-234-4232, red-white-boom.com.
In WestWorld’s 300,000-square-foot, air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center, find a “Star Wars: The Fourth Awakens” activity zone, extreme trampoline shows by Guinness Book of World Record holders Flippenout, a bull riding competition, game trucks, pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, a dance party, food and drinks.VIP tickets grant exclusive access to face painting, cornhole, and reserved open seating for the fireworks and the bull riding competition, as well as unlimited access to the VIP food and beverage stations. There will be an Olympic Village featuring all-ages games and activities such as old-fashioned picnic games, giant Jenga, and more. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., and for $20 a carload, guests can park on the polo field to see the show. The polo field lot opens at 7 p.m.
Details: 3-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. 16601 N. Pima Road. Free for ages 5 or younger, military and first responders; general admission: $12 in advance, $20 at the door, $6 in advance for Scottsdale residents; VIP: $35 in advance, $20 for kids 6-17 in advance, $45 at the door, $30 for kids at the door; $20 wristbands, $10 for each additional wristband for children 6 or older, $5 for age 5 or younger; $130 in advance for a Family Fun Pack of 2 VIP tickets, 2 kids VIP tickets and 2 wristbands; $5 parking. 866-977-6849, scottsdaleindependenceday.com.
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center is celebrating Independence Day with live-action stunt shows, fireworks and a special dining menu. Frankie J (formerly of the Kumbia Kings), Latin and Tejano star Stefani Montiel and special guest Zavala will perform. The frontier town’s attractions and rides also will be open for the party.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2. 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; free for kids 5 or younger; $10 to park. 480-502-5600, www.rawhide.com.
Party poolside at Lustre Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. There will be live music from 2-6 p.m., a DJ from 8 p.m.-midnight and, on July 4, a rooftop view for fireworks after the Arizona Diamondbacks game.
Details: 2 p.m.-midnight, Saturday-Monday, July 2-4. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $15. 480-478-1738, lustrerooftopbar.com/pool-events/events.htm.
Celebrate Independence Day by floating on the Lower Salt River and collecting trash in provided litter bags as you go. Salt River Tubing will kick off the holiday weekend with the award-winning “Bag it for Bucks” Take Pride in America event. They’ll be distributing “Firecracker Bucks” ― a $7 tube rental discount coupon for a future float ― as a token of appreciation for floaters’ conservation efforts when they trade in a full litter bag at the end of their float. The coupon is valid seven days a week beginning July 5-Sept. 2, 2016. KISSFM 104.7, LIVE 101.5 and KMLE Country 108 will have beach balls, prizes and live entertainment.
Details: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, July 2-4; tubes rented until 2 p.m.; last shuttle bus at 6:30 p.m. Salt River Tubing & Recreation, 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa. $17, includes tube rental, shuttle service and parking ($20 minimum and valid ID for credit cards). 480-984-3305, saltrivertubing.com.
Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek is celebrating the nation’s birthday one day early with a Red, White & Boom firework show. The BBQ is set for 5:30 p.m., and face painting, shaved ice and a mobile game truck will also be available. The event also features live music. Fireworks begin after dark.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Free. 480-488-1906, haroldscorral.com.
People of all ages who would like to celebrate the Fourth of July one day early can enjoy a film before their fireworks. Enjoy a movie while sitting under the stars inside the main stadium, and then ooh and ahh during a spectacular fireworks display.
Details: 7 p.m., Sunday, July 3, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Free admission; $10 to park. 480-270-5000, saltriverfields.com.
The Anthem Independence Day Celebration promises a dazzling display of fireworks once the sun sets, but you can head out early and still find plenty to do at the annual event. Food vendors will be on hand, as well as music, dancing and activities including water slides and inflatable rides. Admission and parking are free, and you can purchase “all-you-can-ride” bracelets at the ACC Community Center for only $15.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3. ACC Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. Free. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/independence-day-celebration.
Watch fireworks lakeside at Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina. Bring lawn chairs and coolers and claim a spot early. A Kid’s Zone will be open from 5-9 p.m. featuring water slides, bounce houses, a Euro Bungee Ride and more. There will be a DJ and food and drink vendors. Fireworks will launch from Vista Point beginning at 9 p.m. Just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Pleasant Harbor is situated on the southeastern shores.
Spiffy wheels and fireworks are the highlights of this annual event presented by Art of Noize. View a car show from 5-8 p.m. while enjoying drinks and food at the onsite bar and restaurant. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., and then an award presentation will be held for the Unique Top 20 and one-of-a-kind “Best Of” cars.
Details: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, July 3. Victory Lane Sports Park, 22603 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale. $20 to enter car; $4 general admission, free for kids under 12. 623-581-6000, artofnoize.com.
Westgate Entertainment District will have a free and family-friendly fest featuring two music stages, an open-air beer garden (from which 25 percent of sales benefit the nonprofit 100 Club of Arizona) and Grab and Go Dinner Deals from more than 20 restaurants. Fountain Park will feature a splash pad, face painting, music, games and prizes. At WaterDance Plaza, local musicians Ryan Sims, Hillbilly Deluxe and Shallow Water will perform rock, alternative, country and pop music. A fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. After the show, festivities will continue at the late-night bars. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, and free parking is available in all lots around the district.
Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. Free. 623-385-7502, westgateaz.com/america.
Magic Bird Festivals’ “Freedom Treasure Fest” at Roadhouse biker bar is an Independence Day event that coincides with Cave Creek’s annual fireworks display. An assortment of artist and vendor booths will showcase boutique apparel, handcrafted jewelry, re-purposed home decor, Native American crafts and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase courtesy of the Roadhouse, which will also be hosting live music and firework show views from its new, nearly 6,000-square-foot patio.
Details: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Free. 480-488-3300, www.hideawayroadhouse.com.
Celebrate the nation’s birthday at the All-American Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex. The event features family-friendly activities like a water zone, a kids zone, eating contests, a cornhole tournament, live entertainment and more. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m., weather permitting.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. $7 per person until June 30; $10 day of event; free for ages 12 and under. 623-773-8700, peoriasportscomplex.com.
Kiwanis Club of Tempe will present its 65th Annual Fireworks Spectacular show from Mill Avenue Bridge in Tempe. The show, which will begin around 9:15 p.m., is choreographed to a variety of music, including patriotic, pop and country. The event also features plenty of live music, a Cox Communications Family Fun Fest and more.
Details: Gates open 5 p.m., Monday, July 4. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. $5 general admission. 480-350-5189, tempe4th.com.
The 31st annual event will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. The free family event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. The event features two stages of local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverages, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, a classic car display and plenty of fun activities for kids.
Details: 6-10 p.m., Monday, July 4. Steele Indian School Park, Third St. and Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-534-3378, phoenix.gov/parks.
Head to Fountain Hills on the Fourth of July to celebrate the nation’s birthday in style, with music, games, entertainment for the kids, plenty of food and of course a majestic fireworks display over the park’s signature lake.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. Free. 480-816-5100, fh.az.gov.
Gilbert is the home to Fire in the Sky, a Fourth of July celebration with events at two locations. At Central Christian Church, vendors will sell hot dogs, nachos, snow cones and more, and there will also be music, free beach balls, a watermelon-eating contest and a canned goods drive. At Gilbert Youth Soccer Complex, enjoy three inflatable water slides, food vendors and a DJ. Fireworks launch at 9 p.m.
Details: 6 p.m. Monday, July 4. Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Road, Gilbert; Gilbert Youth Soccer Complex, 4260 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. Free. gilbertaz.gov.
The skies over Maricopa will glow with rocket red glare at this annual Independence Day celebration. Food vendors, entertainment and a kid’s water zone will keep families busy until the fireworks start shortly after 9 p.m. Before the display, check out presentation of colors by Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Miss City of Maricopa and Miss City of Maricopa’s Outstanding Teen, and the national anthem.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Maricopa. Free; $5 unlimited ride wristbands. 520-568-9098, maricopa-az.gov/web/gab-event-info.
It doesn’t get any more American than summer and baseball. The Seattle Mariners and the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals help commemorate Independence Day this year at this 33rd annual Independence Day celebration. Admission is free with a canned food donation, and fireworks will follow the game.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. Free with canned food donation; event is limited to the first 10,000 fans. 623-222-2000, surpriseaz.gov/491/Special-Events.
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Schnepf Farms is set to deliver more than just fireworks and food at this year’s celebration. Amusement rides, waterslides and hayrides across the festival grounds will entertain during the day, while a DJ and light show keep the celebration going at night. Festival-goers can cap off the evening with an outdoor movie following the fireworks extravaganza around 9 p.m. A VIP experience is available for an additional fee, and includes a BBQ dinner in the air-conditioned barn, an unlimited-ride wristband, bottled water, and premier seats for the fireworks.Details: 4-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Schnepf Farms, 24610 South Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. $20 per carload; $12 unlimited ride wristbands; $45 VIP. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
Chandler is celebrating American heritage with a good ol’ fashioned fireworks show at Tumbleweed Park. Along with food and other vendors, the event will also feature a VIP area for the first time. Only 300 VIP passes are available, but ticketholders will enjoy unlimited food and non-alcoholic drinks from San Tan Brewery, a private cash bar for 21-and-older guests, and tables and chairs to dine at during the fireworks.
Details: 4-10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. $5 parking per vehicle; free general admission; $20 adult VIP, $10 kids VIP. 480-782-2735, chandleraz.gov.
Dress in red, white and blue, or, for military personnel, bring valid ID to receive $3 off admission, up to $12 off per party, to Butterfly Wonderland on Independence Day. There will be live music, complementary face painting and curator talks, not to mention plenty of red, white and blue butterflies. Butterfly princesses will be there to take pictures with visitors.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, July 4. 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Salt River Reservation. 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
The Phoenix Zoo hosts an evening of family fun in honor of Independence Day. In addition to a catered barbecue dinner, guests can enjoy free carousel rides, an inflatable bounce house and slide, special animal appearances and live entertainment by Studio 8. At 9 p.m., head to a VIP area at the back of the zoo for a great view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular. Beer and wine can be purchased at dinner and during the fireworks, and treats will be provided during the show. Guests do not need to bring chairs, but high chairs and booster seats will not be provided.
Details: 7-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $45; $35 children 3-12; free for children 2 and under (reservations required). 602-273-1341, phoenixzoo.org.
The city of Goodyear’s annual event includes live music by the Groove Merchants, inflatable water slides and bounces houses (tickets needed), corn hole, a hot dog eating contest, a Pie in the Face trivia contest, games, prizes, giveaways and more. For a fee, fill up on an All-American Cookout. The event concludes with a 20-minute fireworks spectacular.
Details: 6 p.m. Monday, July 4. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. Free admission; $10 cookout for adults, $5 cookout for children 12 and under; $5 for 3 ride tickets, $10 wristband for unlimited rides. 623-882-3120, www.goodyearbp.com/events/star-spangled-4th.
Take a short night hike to see Fourth of July fireworks across the Valley from Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Bring water, wear closed-toed shoes and meet at the Nature Center. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a four-pack of tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park in Glendale.
Details: 8-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Avenue, Goodyear. $6 per vehicle. 623-932-3811, maricopacountyparks.net.
Tolleson is holding a free event at Veterans Park with water slides, watermelons, food and craft vendor, and a fireworks display. Registration is required to participate in apple pie, licorice and fruit roll-up eating contests. Apple pie and licorice eating contestants must be 18 or older, and contestants in the fruit roll-up contest must be 6-17 years old.
Details: 4-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. 8601 W. Van Buren St. Free. 623-474-4992, tollesonaz.org/events.
Apache Junction is holding an all-day celebration starting with a co-ed sand volleyball tournament at 8 a.m. at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center and ending with a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. at Apache Junction High School’s track and field stadium, Davis Field. There also will be public swimming at the aquatic center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; a bicycle, wagon and tricycle decorating contest at 6:30 p.m.; free watermelons; live entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. with Reign-N-Country; and game booths that will benefit local nonprofits. A kids zone will feature bounce houses, water slides, games and more.
Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-9:15 p.m. Monday, July 4. AJHS Davis Field, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction. Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave., Apache Junction. Free; fees apply for game booths; free swimming for volleyball players, $1.50 per child, $2.50 per adult. 480-983-2181, ajcity.net/events.
At the city of Buckeye’s event, a kids zone with water rides and bounce houses will be open to those who purchase wristbands. Play checkers and eat watermelon for free, or buy hot dogs, buffalo dogs, walking tacos and shaved ice. Glow sticks and bracelets will be sold by Friends of the Recreation Center, with proceeds benefiting youth scholarships. Rage-N-River will play country music until the fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Details: 6-9:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye. Free; $5 wristbands. 623-349-6322, buckeyeaz.gov/events.
Mesa’s celebration includes a memorial to Arizona’s fallen soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, a showcase of military vehicles, and an arts and culture showcase of patriotic crafts and displays. A Revolutionary War re-enactment will take place at 6:45 p.m., and a naturalization ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. At America’s Heritage Lane and Independence Hall, take a civics quiz, walk through national monuments and see historical figures, and watch a historical flag presentation. A Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone will have carnival-style and inflatable games. A Celebration Splash Zone will have inflatable water features, soak zones and a fire truck spraying water. A tailgate zone will feature music and games. Enjoy live performances on multiple music stages, as well as food and drink booths. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Mesa Amphitheater and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive. Free. 480-644-2069, azcelebrationoffreedom.org.
Celebrate the 4th of July at Fort McDowell Casino. Highlights of the evening will include a concert by John Michael Montgomery and a post-concert fireworks show, plus the chance to win a Ford pickup truck or signed guitar. John Montgomery’s contribution to country music includes hits such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Life’s A Dance,” among many others.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, July 4. Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road. Tickets start at $15. 800-745-3000, fortmcdowellcasino.com.
Visit Phoenix’s 1,500-year-old prehistoric Hohokam archaeological site to get a feel of life in the Salt River Valley hundreds of years ago. For the Fourth of July holiday week, the Pueblo Grande Museum is offering discounted admission of $4 for adults and seniors. The museum is a Local First Arizona member, and the holiday promotion coincides with the 11th annual National Independents Week, which encourages people to support locally owned businesses.
Details: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, July 5-9. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $4; $3 children 6-17; free for 5 or younger. 602-495-0901, pueblogrande.com.
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