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.
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.
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