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Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks in Metro Phoenix in 2022

Get ready for three nights of fireworks.
Get ready for three nights of fireworks. Pexels
Yes, there will be fireworks happening in the skies of the Valley this year on the Fourth of July. The city of Phoenix may have canceled its displays due to supply-chain problems, but other local cities like Mesa, Scottsdale, and Glendale still have fireworks-filled festivities planned in honor of the patriotic holiday. And the events won’t be limited to just Independence Day.

Dazzling pyrotechnics will happen nightly from Friday, July 1, to Monday, July, in more than a dozen different locations across the Valley. Some cities will have fireworks a few days early in order to avoid the aforementioned supply-chain issues. Others just want to get a jump on the Fourth of July fun.

We’ve got all the info on the biggest and best displays happening around town. Many will also feature a variety of other activities besides staring skyward in wonder, including games, rides, and live music.

Here’s a full rundown of where you can see skyrockets in flight around metro Phoenix over the Fourth of July weekend.

First at the Fountain

Friday, July 1
Fountain Park, 12925 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills
Organizers of this annual event moved it up a few days because of supply and staffing shortages, but promise it will offer a “majestic fireworks display” at 9 p.m. over the park’s namesake fountain. Local ‘80s cover band Rock Lobster will perform at 7:30 p.m. and food vendors will be available all evening. It’s free to attend and chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets are encouraged.

Buckeye’s Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 2
Buckeye Airport, 3000 South Palo Verde Road
Live music, food trucks, all-American eats, and vendors will be offered at this event. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks start at approximately 8:45 p.m. Admission is free and blankets and lawn chairs can be brought in for seating.

Surprise Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 2
Mark Coronado Park, 15850 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise
Food trucks, DJs, and inflatable attractions for kiddos will be available at this event, which starts at 6 p.m. The fireworks show will kick off at 8:40 p.m. Admission is free but canned food donations are appreciated.
click to enlarge Fireworks bloom above Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. - JENNIFER CONWAY WITH MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY
Fireworks bloom above Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.
Jennifer Conway with Mark Skalny Photography

Westgate Fireworks Fest

Sunday, July 3
Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale
Attendees of this high-energy patriotic celebration can kick back at an outdoor beer garden or on the patios of Westgate’s various bars and restaurants while watching the fireworks show, which starts at 9 p.m. Live music, balloon artists, a splash zone, games, and free face-painting will be offered throughout the evening. The event begins at 4 p.m. and admission is free. Carpooling is encouraged as parking will be limited. Details are available on Westgate’s website.

Red, White, & Floom

Sunday, July 3
Tempe Beach Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe’s annual Independence Day celebration is making a return after a three-year absence, albeit with a couple of changes. Instead of fireworks, this year’s event will feature a choreographed sequence of “fire flooms” arranged across Tempe Town Lake that will create a “dazzling display” set to music. The event is free to the public and will also include kids' activities, food and drink vendors, and a performance by Rock Lobster. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m.

Anthem Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, July 3
Anthem Community Park, 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway
A mix of water slides, rides, activities, and food vendors will be a part of this event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged for those who’d like to kick back in comfort.

Arizona Celebration of Freedom

Monday, July 4
Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street
A colorful fireworks display will illuminate the skies over downtown Mesa starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. during this annual celebration. Attendees can also enjoy live music from local bands, a "Patriotic Superhero Stunt Show," a naturalization ceremony where 75 people will be sworn in as American citizens, laser shows inside the convention center taking place hourly, and more in the hours leading up to the show. The event begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free. More details and a complete schedule are available here.
click to enlarge Fireworks over Schnepf Farms in 2017. - MAX MARLOW & CO.
Fireworks over Schnepf Farms in 2017.
Max Marlow & Co.

Hometown 4th

Monday, July 4
Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
The enormous acreage of Schnepf Farms will host an evening of fireworks, food trucks, live music and entertainment, craft vendors, rides, and various family-friendly activities on Independence Day itself. The skyrockets start going off at 9 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is $30 per carload. Call 480-987-3100 or visit the Schnepf Farms website for more details or to purchase tickets.

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration

Monday, July 4
WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
A variety of quaint and homespun activities will take place inside WestWorld’s west hall and indoor rodeo arena during this annual event, including cake walks, bull-riding, and a stunt dog show. Live performances of the hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Encanto and a parade of heroes are also planned. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. General admission is $20 per person and $25 per carload for just the fireworks show. An “Indoor Backyard Barbecue” package will be $25 for kids 5 to 10 and $45 for adults and includes an all-you-can-eat repast of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other grilled selections. Complete details are available on the event’s website.

Star Spangled 4th

Monday, July 4
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear
A “mesmerizing” fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. and cap off an evening of food and drink, live music from the Bayou Bandits and the Chauncey Jones Band, giveaways, and children’s activities. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

All-American Festival

Monday, July 4
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue
A performance by Arizona rock heroes The Sidewinders and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will headline Peoria’s annual Independence Day extravaganza. The event will also feature food and drink vendors, inflatable water slides, and a cornhole tournament. (A sensory room will also be available for any children, teens, or adults with sensory processing needs.) A fireworks show will be the main event of the evening and starts at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. and general admission is free. A meet-and-greet with the members of RCPM is also available for those 21-and-over and includes two alcoholic drinks and a private performance by Clyne and a member of the band.

Red, White & Bubbly

Monday, July 4
W Hotel Scottsdale, 7277 East Camelback Road
The W will host an all-day pool party on its second-floor WET Deck with DJs, drinks, and dancing that will also include an enormous fireworks display over the posh hotel at 9 p.m. that evening. VIP cabana or daybeds can be reserved by calling 602-405-0099.
click to enlarge You'll have to leave the city of Phoenix to see some fireworks this year. - PIXABAY
You'll have to leave the city of Phoenix to see some fireworks this year.
Pixabay

D-Backs Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Monday, July 4
Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street
The Arizona Diamondbacks will offer all the requisite all-American staples on the Fourth, such as hot dogs, baseball, star-spangled uniforms, and copious amounts of patriotism. Short of having a bald eagle flying into the stadium with Old Glory clutched in its talons, the team has all the bases covered. That includes a fireworks show, which goes off immediately after the D-backs' battle with the San Francisco Giants. First pitch is at 3:10 p.m. Tickets start at $25. (Of course, you don't necessarily need to attend the game to enjoy the show, just be within viewing distance of the stadium.)

Gilbert 4th of July Celebration

Monday, July 4
Gilbert Regional Park, 3005 East Queen Creek Road
Gilbert’s Independence Day shindig will have sets by a rock ‘n’ roll tribute bands and aerial performers, followed by a 30-minute-long fireworks show at 9 p.m. Gates are at 5 p.m. and general admission is free but parking passes are $11. A “VIP Experience” is available for $25 and includes premier seating, swag, and other perks.

Red, White, and Boom!

Monday, July 4
The Wigwam, 300 East Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park
The general public can get an eyeful of fireworks on Independence Day while kicking back on one of The Wigwam’s golf courses. A DJ will perform throughout the event and “delicious American fare” will be available to purchase. Blankets, beach towels, and lawn chairs can be brought in by those who’d like something to sit on. Hours of the event are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and food and beverage tickets are available for a separate charge. More info is available on The Wigwam's website.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.