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Where to Watch Fireworks in Phoenix This Fourth of July

Multitudes of fireworks displays are on tap for 2021 in metro Phoenix.
Multitudes of fireworks displays are on tap for 2021 in metro Phoenix. Pixabay
click to enlarge Multitudes of fireworks displays are on tap for 2021 in metro Phoenix. - PIXABAY
Multitudes of fireworks displays are on tap for 2021 in metro Phoenix.
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After taking last year off due to bans on public gatherings, numerous cities across metro Phoenix are planning massive fireworks shows during the Fourth of July weekend in 2021. Some will even have big events to go along with all the skyrockets in flight.

Fireworks displays are scheduled to happen in cities and towns from Scottsdale to Surprise during the evenings of Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, with many large events returning for 2021. (The super-popular Fabulous Phoenix Fourth and Tempe Town Lake Festival are canceled, though.)

Here’s a compilation of all of the events Phoenix New Times has confirmed are happening for the Fourth of July weekend in 2021.

Anthem's Independence Day Celebration

Anthem Community Park, 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem


Residents of Anthem and other nearby communities can partake in water slides, music, food, a beer garden, and rides at this event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, but some activities have an additional cost.


Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 19593 South 48th Street, Chandler, 623-594-9606


A fireworks show will take place after the Phoenix Rising FC’s match versus the LA Galaxy II on Saturday, July 3, which will also be the local team’s “Military Appreciation Night.” Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $75.


Arizona Celebration of Freedom

1425 West Southern Avenue, Mesa


This annual event outside of the now-defunct Fiesta Mall will carry over its drive-in format from last year. It’s scheduled for Saturday, July 3, with a fireworks spectacular taking place from 9 to 9:30 p.m. as attendees can watch from their vehicles while listening to a patriotic soundtrack broadcast on 94.5 FM. No vendors will be present this year but food will be allowed (grills and other heating devices aren’t permitted, though). Admission is free.

Fireworks over Chase Field in 2016. - ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Fireworks over Chase Field in 2016.
Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks Fireworks Spectacular

Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, 602-514-8400


Chase Field will have plenty of all-American staples during the Fourth of July weekend, including hot dogs, baseball, and a multitude of colored explosions over the stadium. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ post-game fireworks displays will go off following their games against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. First pitch times vary and tickets start at $25. All that said, you don't necessarily need to attend the games to enjoy the fireworks, though — just be anywhere within viewing distance of the stadium.


Star-Spangled Fourth

Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 623-882-3120


Activities at this event will include a zipline, wet and dry bounce houses, water slides, giveaways, live music, and (of course) fireworks. The show itself starts at 9 p.m. It’s free to attend and gates open at 6 p.m. Tailgating in the parking lot will be allowed and masks are encouraged, but not required.


Celebrate America 2021

Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 West Harbor Boulevard, Peoria


This celebration on Saturday, July 3, will take place on the shore of Lake Pleasant and have live music, food trucks, family and children’s activities, bounce houses, and more. It goes from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Admission costs are $20 to $50 for each vehicle.


Red, White & BOOM!

The Wigwam, 300 East Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, 866-976-6894


You don’t need to be staying at this posh resort to check out its annual event on Sunday, July 4, but only registered guests will have access to parking at The Wigwam. (Local residents typically park on nearby streets.) Food and drink packages for the resort’s in-house restaurants are available for $40-$100. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with fireworks following afterward.

click to enlarge Fireworks over Schnepf Farms in 2017. - MAX MARLOW & CO.
Fireworks over Schnepf Farms in 2017.
Max Marlow & Co.

Hometown Fourth

Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, 480-987-3100


Schnepf Farms’ celebration on Sunday, July 4, will be decidedly homespun, which befits its bucolic setting out on the edges of the southeast Valley. Expect local craft and art vendors, hayrides, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live music, a bubble pit, and other distractions. The main event of the evening will be the fireworks, which start at 8:30 p.m. Patrons will be allowed to bring American flags, pop-up tents, blankets, chairs, small ice coolers, water bottles, games, and umbrellas to the event. The start time is 4 p.m.

General admission will be $25 per carload. "All-American" VIP tickets are $75 and include access to special viewing areas and the air-conditioned Big Red Barn, a catered dinner, an exclusive entrance and parking lot, and private restrooms. Admission to the bubble pit is also $5 per person.


July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular

Tumbleweed Park, 2250 South McQueen Road, Chandler, 480-782-2900


You can check out the fireworks from the safety of your vehicle at this drive-in event from 7 to 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, which will have vehicles situated in Tumbleweed Park's enormous lot. A $5 parking pass can be purchased in advance via the city of Chandler’s website.


Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration

WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480-312-6802


Attendees of this event can partake in live entertainment and various food and drink vendors before the display gets going around 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. If you feel like splurging, the VIP package for $36 per adult features a buffet-style barbecue dinner with all the fixings, a giant snow slide for kids, face painters, balloon artists, and live music by yacht rock band Some Like it Yacht. (You’re required to purchase two or more tickets). Children’s VIP admission is $18. General admission is $21 per vehicle and attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets, and other seating. Premier parking on the WestWorld polo field is also available for $36.


Gilbert 4th of July Celebration

Gilbert Regional Park, 3005 East Queen Creek Road, 480-503-6200


A 20-minute fireworks display will be the highlight of this family-friendly event on Sunday, July 4. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the show starts at 8:45 p.m., and food trucks will be available. Admission is free.

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

Fireworks for the 4th

Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale, 480-387-5678


A "fireworks spectacular" will take place at 9 p.m. in the skies above the west Valley shopping center on Sunday, July 4. There will be face-painting, balloon artists, and live music in Westgate's Fountain Park and a patriotic photo-op display and chalk walk in Waterdance Plaza prior to the show. Live music will also be offered, starting at 5 p.m. with a set by 3 Alarm followed by KC Angels at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free.


All-American Festival

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623-773-8700


A performance by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will headline this star-spangled event on Sunday, July 4, which will also have food and beer vendors, family-friendly entertainment, a cornhole tournament, and a set by rock band Micky and the Motorcars. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. Hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. and admission is free.


Fourth at the Fountain

Fountain Park, 12925 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480-816-5100


Festivities at this event on Sunday, July 4, will include live music from cover band Rock Lobster at 7:30 p.m. and a selection of food vendors. The fireworks are at 9 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed. The start time is 7 p.m. and there’s no cost to attend.


Apache Junction’s Fourth of July

Apache Junction High School, 2525 South Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, 480-982-1110


Horses won’t be allowed at this celebration on Sunday, July 4 – as the noise from the fireworks, which get going at 8:30 p.m., might spook the animals – but everyone else is welcome to attend. Live music, games, family activities, and face painting are also planned for the free event, which will start at 6 p.m. Early arrival is recommended, as there are a limited amount of parking spots.

click to enlarge Kaboom! - ANNA-LOUISE/PEXELS
Kaboom!
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Avondale Light Up the Sky 4th of July Celebration

Phoenix Raceway, 125 South Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, 623-463-5400


Described as a “tailgate fireworks experience,” this event on Sunday, July 4, will have food trucks, games, and music. A 25-minute fireworks display will start at 8:30 p.m. General admission is free. A VIP option for $50 per person will offer the chance to watch from an exclusive zone in the racetrack’s barn area, as well as premium parking, seating, a barbecue dinner, beverage tickets, and a “Pit Stop for Parents” with a supervised drop-off area for kids. Gates open at 5 p.m.


Red, White & Bubbly

W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-2100


The W’s Fourth of July weekend festivities will be capped off with fireworks on Sunday night at 9 p.m. A viewing area will be available on the hotel’s WET Deck on its second level. Registered guests can attend for free and admission for the general public starts at $25 per person.


4th of July Fireworks

Rustler's Rooste, 8383 South 48th Street, 602-431-6474


The landmark Western steakhouse and bar on the eastern edge of South Mountain will host a fireworks show on Sunday at 9 p.m. According to the Rustler's Rooste website, only paying customers can attend the viewing. Truth be told, it should be visible to anyone nearby.


Independence Day Car Show & Fireworks

Victory Lane Sports Park, 22603 North 43rd Avenue, Glendale, 623-581-6000


Bring your souped-up and pimped-out rides to show off at this recreational sports facility on Sunday, July 4. All vehicle types are welcome to participate and registration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Food and drinks can purchased at a bar and grill on the premises. They’ll have fireworks at around 9 p.m. It's $4 for adults, free for kids 12 and under, and $20 to display a vehicle. E-mail azartofnoize@gmail.com for more details.

click to enlarge Fireworks over Copper Sky Regional Park in Marcopa. - CITY OF MARICOPA
Fireworks over Copper Sky Regional Park in Marcopa.
City of Maricopa

Great American 4th & Tailgate

Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Maricopa


Maricopa is bringing back its annual Fourth of July event for 2021. Taking place on Sunday, it will feature a tailgate from noon until 5 p.m. with reserved zones for each vehicle in the parking lot where attendees can hang out and barbecue (you’ll have to bring your own grill, though). Spaces are $40 in advance and $60 on the day of the event. Registration is available online. A liquor permit, wristbands for each member of your group, and a space on the park’s south fields for viewing the fireworks is included. There will also be water slides, games, contests, giveaways, and karaoke.

The Great American 4th follows at 7 p.m. Hourly “GLOW Dart Boogie” will run until 10 p.m., music from the Highway 85 Band starts at 7:30 p.m., Vince Morgan Freestyle Motocross performs at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks are at 9 p.m. It’s free to attend.


Independence Day Celebration

Buckeye Airport, 3000 South Palo Verde Road, Buckeye, 623-349-6880


Southwest Valley residents can check out this free drive-in/tailgate-style celebration on Sunday, July 4, with live music, vendors, and food trucks. Start looking skyward around 8:45 p.m. to see the fireworks. The airport’s parking lot will open at 6:30 p.m. and you’re welcome to bring blankets and other seating.


Fourth of July Freedom Fest

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480-585-4848


Fireworks shows will happen at 9 p.m. nightly at the Fairmont through Sunday, July 4, with viewing on the property only open to registered guests of the resort. Music and entertainment will also happen each night at 8:30 p.m. with New Wave band The Spazmatics on Friday, the acrobatic act Duo Transcend on Saturday, and the Elton John-inspired Rocketman Show on Sunday. A comedy pre-show with Jelly of the Month Club starts at 7:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since its original publication with additional events.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.