Yes, there will be fireworks to see over metro Phoenix on Independence Day – and we’re not just referring to all the Roman candles your neighbors will be lighting off.
A number of local Fourth of July events may have been snuffed out after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order on June 29 prohibited events larger than 50 people, but a handful of Valley cities and towns are planning to have skyrockets in flight this weekend.
As of this writing, fireworks shows are still scheduled to take place in cities like Scottsdale, Mesa, and Litchfield Park. Each will have safety measures in place to limit exposure to COVID-19. A few will offer a drive-in setup and social distancing rules, while others can be watched from your backyard or online.
Phoenix New Times has confirmed that the following fireworks displays will take place around the Valley on Saturday, July 4, unless specified otherwise. Here’s everything you need to know about each.
Have fun and stay safe.
Arizona Celebration of Freedom Drive-In FireworksFiesta Mall, 1425 West Southern Avenue, Mesa
This event outside the now-defunct Fiesta Mall is going off as planned, according to city of Mesa spokesperson Kevin Christopher. They’ll utilize social distancing guidelines and other rules, such as having cars parking in alternating spots with an empty space between each group. Attendees will also be asked to stay on the passenger side of their vehicles while standing or sitting outside. Masks will also be mandatory for anyone unable to keep 6 feet away from others who aren’t in their group.
KOOL 94.5 FM will broadcast a preshow beginning at 7 p.m., followed by music (patriotic and otherwise) once the fireworks start at 9 p.m. There won’t be vendors, but you can bring food, water, and drinks of the nonalcoholic variety. It’s free to attend.
July 4th Fireworks DisplaySchnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, 480-987-3100
Owners of Schnepf Farms canceled their Hometown Fourth festival, but will still have fireworks at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. There’s a catch: The farm won’t be open to the public, and parking along Rittenhouse Road and other nearby streets will be restricted. Various neighborhoods in Queen Creek and the San Tan Valley area will still be able to see the display, which Schnepf Farms’ owners say will involve “[shooting] off larger shells that go much higher” in the sky.
Scottsdale's 4th of July CelebrationWestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480-656-9940
The McDowell Mountains will provide a dramatic backdrop for this drive-in event’s fireworks display, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on July 4 and will last 25 to 30 minutes. Parking will be available on WestWorld’s polo field in individual 20-by-20-foot spaces. Patrons will be required to wear masks and use social distancing at all times while outside their vehicles.
Food and drink (including beer, wine, and hard seltzers) can be purchased from concession stands and the Original AZ Taco Festival Truck. Gates open at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 per carload and is available online only. Tickets must be printed out or displayed on phones and will be validated using a contactless scanning system.
Fourth of July Freedom FestFairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480-585-4848
If you’re considering splurging on a staycation over the holiday weekend, this Scottsdale resort is planning nightly fireworks on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. Safety measures include limited guest room availability, increased security, markings on lawns, and other facilities to ensure social distancing. (Face coverings will also be required in public spaces and common area when distancing isn’t possible.)
Fourth of July FireworksLocation TBD, Maricopa
A pair of simultaneous fireworks displays on Saturday night will light up the skies over the northern and southern ends of this community just south of the Valley. Nathan Ullyot, director of community services for the city of Maricopa, says they’re keeping each location on the down-low to avoid crowds of spectators. “We're trying to stay in line with the governor's executive order and don't want to sanction any gatherings on city property,” he says.
It will be hard to miss the spectacle, though. “The way [Maricopa] is set up, you will pretty much see it from anywhere,” Ullyot says. The fireworks get going at 9 p.m. and will last for approximately 15 minutes. The city will also have a livestream on its official Facebook and YouTube accounts.
4th of July Backyard Fireworks CelebrationSuperstition Shadows Park, 1091 West Southern Avenue, Apache Junction
Apache Junction will offer a similar setup for its fireworks extravaganza. Residents are encouraged to watch from home as skyrockets take flight above Superstition Shadows Park, which will be closed to the public, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department will announce a series of July 4th-themed at-home games and activities throughout this week on its Facebook page.
Peoria's All-American Festival at HomeOnline Only
Peoria is taking a different approach to its All-American Festival this year. After canceling the annual event, the city will host an afternoon-long celebration on Saturday on its official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Starting at noon, activities like a slushie-chugging contest, cooking demonstrations, trivia games, local band performances, and a fire station tour will be shown. It culminates at 9 p.m. with a compilation of the best fireworks from the festival’s previous years. More details and a full schedule can be found here.