It's almost time to celebrate the anniversary of the United States gaining independence in 1776. To commemorate, all kinds of big bashes are taking place in metro Phoenix, each one with a variety of things to do. Eating and drinking, bouncing around on inflatables, playing laser tag, ogling classic cars, and watching stunt dogs perform are just a handful of the activities taking place at the many Fourth of July celebrations happening across the Valley on and around the big day.
Mostly though, Independence Day is about the fireworks displays, and there are plenty. Here are 17 places to check out pyrotechnics.
Cave Creek Independence Day Celebration
The Horny Toad in Cave Creek
This shindig will give festive folks an opportunity to view other fireworks spectaculars the next day. The 2017 edition of the annual event is held at the Horny Toad, 6738 East Cave Creek Road, a long-running Cave Creek eatery and music venue that offers a menu loaded with picnic-y favorites, like barbecue, fried chicken, and strawberry shortcake. Danny Romero and the Arizona Territory Trio will provide live entertainment at the free party. Visit Cave Creek Live for all the details.
Desert Ridge Fireworks Independence Day Celebration
Reach 11 Sports Complex
The Desert Ridge Community Association and the Reach 11 Sports Complex are teaming up for a celebration that includes a festive fireworks display and a variety of food vendors at 2425 East Deer Valley Drive. Admission is free. Find more details at Desert Ridge Lifestyles.
Light Up the Sky
Maryvale Baseball Park
Another early celebration, this one takes place at Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 North 51st Avenue, where thousands have gathered for three decades for fireworks and fun. Enjoy live entertainment, an area for kids activities, community-resource booths, and fun and games on the baseball diamond. Food vendors will be on-site. Admission is free. For more information, visit event host Mega 104.3's website.
Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Mesa Amphitheatre/Mesa Convention Center Complex
This event is the self-appointed “coolest” Independence Day celebration in the state at 236 North Center Street in Mesa. The free bash runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and gets festive, with musical performances by Sugar Thieves, Shallow Water, Young Country, and the 108th Army Band. Bring a water bottle to refill at hydration stations. For more information, visit Arizona Celebration of Freedom.
Fourth of July Celebration
Tempe Center for the Arts
Downtown Tempe has long been a general hub of excitement, and things get cranked up a notch for the holidays. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, is hosting a celebration starting at 7 p.m. that gets you access to the cultural venue and a great view of the city's colorful fireworks display. Food trucks will be on hand for hungry patrons, and a cash bar will be available. General admission is $15 and gets you access to certain areas of the building. A $45 VIP ticket gets you that — plus rooftop access for watching fireworks. Visit Tempe Center for the Arts for more information.
July Fourth Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe Town Lake
The Kiwanis Club hosts its 66th annual Fourth of July extravaganza. Fireworks are choreographed to music and launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge. The event takes place on July 4 and features live music from Lane Change, Levi Rebel, and Kianna Martinez, to name a few. The Family Fun Fest includes inflatables, rock climbing, and rides for guests of all ages. The food court will have hot dogs, burgers, fry bread, ice cream, and different items from Macayo’s Depot Cantina available for purchase. And a beer garden will be on-site during the festivities at Tempe Beach Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway. General admission is $5, and VIP tickets range from $30 to $60. Visit Tempe Fourth, for more information.
All American Festival
Peoria Sports Complex
The Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue, hosts this large fireworks display and several family-friendly activities from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 4. Expect a water zone, eating contests, a cornhole tournament, concession vendors, and live music. Admission is $10 for adults; kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Visit Peoria Sports Complex for more information.
Westgate Fireworks Fest
Westgate in Glendale
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to this annual event, which features live music from Club Country and The Instant Classics, as well as DJs, a splash pad for kids, and games and prizes. The night culminates in a large fireworks display at 6751 North Sunset Boulevard in Glendale. Different restaurants at Wesgate will offer grab-and-go dinner specials. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit Westgate AZ.
Read on for more places to see fireworks in metro Phoenix on the Fourth of July.
Fourth of Zoo-ly
The zoo’s yearly celebration gives attendees a rare opportunity to enjoy the facility, at 455 North Galvin Parkway, at night. In addition to special animal encounters, there will be a summer barbecue dinner, live music, a bounce house, and free admission to Stingray Bay. The night wraps with a back-of-the-zoo gathering to get a special view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks show. Admission is $45 for ages 13 and older, $35 for kids 3 to 12, and free for those 2 and younger. All ages must register. Visit the Phoenix Zoo for more information.
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Steele Indian School Park
Now in its 32nd year, this party at 300 North Indian School Road sees nearly 100,000 attendees annually. The massive bash is a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic event that includes two stages featuring international recording artists. Plenty of vendors will be on-site, selling items from food to arts and crafts. Kids World features inflatables for bouncing and a water spray zone. There also will be a classic car display. The night caps with one of the Southwest’s largest fireworks displays. Visit Fabulous Phoenix Fourth for more information.
Chandler’s July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular
Flock to Tumbleweed Park, 745 East Germann Road, for a night of live music and fireworks. Prior to the big fireworks show, catch music from People Who Can Fly and Blaine Long. Additional activities and attractions include the 18-passenger Lego Trackless Train roll through, or get involved in some laser tag or a Western shooting game. Admission is free and more details can be found at the City of Chandler’s online home.
Mesa’s Annual Celebration of Freedom
Mesa Convention Center
The Mesa Convention Center is the spot for this annual Independence Day party. Join a giant crowd of patriotic people at 263 North Center Street for the event, which offers fireworks and more. The Yankee Doodle Kids Zone has plenty of fun for the little ones. There’s also the Celebration Splash Zone, a memorial for fallen soldiers, a safety zone, and the Patriot Car Show. Admission is free. For more information, visit Downtown Mesa.
Fourth at the Fountain
Fountain Park in Fountain Hills
Fountain Hills’ patriotic party at 12925 North Saguaro Boulevard includes a chance to watch a large display of fireworks over the city's scenic lake. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets. Food vendors also will be on hand. A DJ will spin tunes to keep the mood festive while guests enjoy a relaxed evening of food and pyrotechnics. Admission is free. Experience Fountain Hills has the complete details.
Star Spangled Fourth
Hot dogs and the July Fourth just go together. And at 1933 South Ballpark Way, you can enter a contest to see how many dogs you can down. There will be live music by Groove Merchants and a ticketed inflatables and water slides area that costs $5 for three individual tickets or $10 for a wristband that gets you unlimited rides. Harvest Preparatory Academy provides the 20-minute fireworks show. Admission is free. Visit Goodyear Ballpark for more information.
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Scottsdale’s Fourth of July Celebration
Keep it way cool at this indoor event that spans a 300,000 square-foot, air-conditioned venue in the WestWorld complex, located at 16601 North Pima Road. This celebration has plenty to see and do before the fireworks show begins. Watch a bull-riding show by Mercer Rodeo or a performance by the All-Star Stunt Dogs. There will be a Princess and Superhero meet-and-greet, Stunt Master’s BMX Show, a petting zoo, and a concession area with food and drink. Admission is $6 for Scottsdale residents purchasing online, $12 for general admission, free for kids 5 and younger, and $20 per car to see fireworks only. WestWorld has the complete details.
Your Hometown Fourth of July
Schnepf Farms is celebrating our nation’s independence with food, fireworks, and fun activities at 24610 South Rittenhouse Road. Food trucks selling such items as burgers, wings, and funnel cakes will be available. Attendee can enjoy slip-and-slides, a rock wall for climbing, as well as a vortex tunnel. DJ Mountain Man Jay will perform on the main stage. Balloon-tossing and Hula-Hoop contests can earn you prizes. Admission is $20 per car. The Schnepf Farms website has the complete details.
Wet n’ Wild Fireworks
Wet n' Wild
Cool off at this waterpark and then take in a fireworks show, starting at about 8:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the park closes. The aerial display is included in regular park admission. This popular place to beat the heat is at 4243 West Pinnacle Peak Road. Wet n' Wild has complete details.
Correction: This post has been updated from its original version to reflect that the Desert Ridge fireworks happen July 1, not July 3.