15 Places to See Fireworks Fourth of July Weekend in Metro Phoenix

The Valley is getting ready to celebrate America's 240th birthday with festivities all around. And what would our celebrations of freedom be if they didn't involve a spectacular fireworks display? Lucky for us, there are plenty of options. Whether you spend the Fourth of July with your family, friends, or solo, here is a guide to where you'll find fireworks over Fourth of July weekend in metro Phoenix. 

Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration at WestWorld
Spend the afternoon of Saturday, July 2, at the 300,000-square-foot equestrian arena, WestWorld. General admission includes a fireworks viewing, live musical entertainment, a Star Wars area, Olympic Village games, a petting zoo, and a kids zone. Admission is $12. VIP tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for kids. The event runs from 3 to 9:30 p.m. If you're only interested in seeing fireworks, viewing is available at the Polo Field gates. Tickets for the viewing are $20 per car, and the area opens at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. For details, visit Scottsdale Independence Day online.

Westgate Firework Fest 
Wear your best red, white, and blue garments at the Westgate Entertainment District. Thousands gather every year for live music, food, activities for the whole family, and an open-air beer garden. The event is on Sunday, July 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks start at 9, and admission is free. For more information, visit the Westgate website.

July Fourth Tempe Town Lake Festival 
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the 65th Annual Fireworks Spectacular presented by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe at Tempe Beach Park. Enjoy the longstanding tradition with live music, inflatable mazes and jumpers, rock climbing, a beer garden, and food. Fireworks will be launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $5. Children 12 and under get in free, as do attendees with active military IDs. VIP Garden tickets are $30 for children and $60 for adults. For more details, visit the Tempe Fourth website.

Tempe Center for the Arts Fourth of July Celebration
If you're in the mood for wearing a fancy dress and drinking a cocktail while you watch the Fourth of July fireworks, then Tempe Center for the Arts is the place to be. Enjoy air-conditioned comfort with food and refreshments. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets, which include rooftop access to view fireworks, are $25. For more information, visit Tempe Center for the Arts online.

Fourth of Zooly
Phoenix Zoo hosts its annual Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, free carousel rides, special animal guest appearances, inflatables, live entertainment, and a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children. For more information, visit the Phoenix Zoo website.

Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Billed the “coolest” Independence Day Festival in the state, Arizona Celebration of Freedom brings an evening of events including historical flag presentations, live music, Revolutionary War re-enactment, an arts and culture showcase, a naturalization ceremony, and a military showcase. Kids can enjoy a splash zone, inflatables, and carnival-style games. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center Campus. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Arizona Celebration of Freedom website.

Peoria’s All American Festival
Celebrate America’s independence at the Peoria Sports Complex with an evening full of entertainment. Family-friendly activities include live music, eating contests, a cornhole tournament, a five-story water slide, and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. The gates open at 5 p.m. Presale tickets are available for $7, and admission is $10 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $25. For more information, see the Peoria Sports Complex website.

Fourth of July Cave Creek Fireworks & Food Trucks Extravaganza
Embrace your patriotism sitting right below the Cave Creek fireworks show. The event runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 6424 East Cave Creek Road. Expect gourmet food trucks, live music, water rides, a kids zone, and a beer garden. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. VIP tables are available upon reservation. Entry is free for veterans showing an active military ID. For more details, visit the Cave Creek events website

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ofelia is originally from Mexico. She's writing her first novel, Almost a Pilgrim, and is a freelance writer and photographer.