12 Fourth of July Parties and Nightlife Events in Metro Phoenix

For some folks, the Fourth of July is a chance to celebrate the birth of 'Murica and feel a swell of old-fashioned jingoistic pride. For others, it's merely an excuse to set off Roman candles and watch things go boom.

Needless to say, fuses are far from the only things that will be getting lit later this week, since the midsummer holiday will afford many in metro Phoenix the opportunity to go wild out without having to worry about reporting to work with a hangover the size of the Liberty Bell.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.