Not only are we celebrating our independence as a country this July, but we're also rejoicing at the anniversary of the invention of the air conditioner in 1902 — bless you, Willis Carrier. Regardless of the season, we Phoenicians have a knack for enjoying the outdoor beauty that surrounds us. And with monsoon season arriving, that just makes the whole month that much cooler. (See what we did there?) So, without further ado, here are five great outdoor events going on this month.
Estrella Mountains Regional Park
Monday, July 4
8 to 10 p.m.
Where can you see the biggest array of fireworks in the Valley? On top of a mountain, of course. Join the staff of Estrella Mountain Regional Park for a short, guided hike to catch a unique fireworks experience. Plenty of water and proper footwear are recommended for this opportunity to see a myriad of fireworks displays throughout the city.
Slow-Roll Breakfast Ride
Saturday, July 9
Join the Landis Triathalon Club for this all levels Slow-Roll Breakfast Ride to downtown Gilbert. It's a great opportunity for beginners to get comfortable with their bikes and the idea of clipping in. Participants will meet at the Tempe YMCA for an easy 16-mile ride on the canal to downtown Gilbert. Once in Gilbert, plan for a breakfast hangout before returning back to Tempe.
PHX Craft Classic Social Run
Thursday, July 14
6 to 9 p.m.
If you are a craft beer fan who also enjoys running, this may just be the event for you. Now, while the actual Craft Classic Half Marathon isn’t until October, this social run will not only introduce you to other participants, but it'll also have you running along part of the actual race route. After a short three-mile training run, participants will finish at Sofrita with drink specials from Huss Brewing Company. Not a bad way to train.
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Full “Thunder Moon” Hike
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Tuesday, July 19
Enjoy July’s full moon with a two-mile, guided “Thunder Moon” hike, named for the thunderstorms, or in our case, monsoons, that frequent this month. This hike is a great opportunity to experience the desert under a full moon often surrounded by puffing cloud cover, casting light over the desert in standout style. Flashlights, plenty of water, and proper footwear are recommended for this special trek.
Summer Night Ride Series
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Saturday, July 30
7:30 to 10 p.m.
Hit the trails at night with your local mountain biking community. Safety is at the forefront for this crew, and riders must wear helmets and have proper lighting. It is also recommended that riders be familiar with the trail ahead of time. With support from Fountain Hills Bikes, there will be post-ride snacks and a movie.