The Valley is getting ready to celebrate America's 240th birthday with festivities all around. And what would our celebrations of freedom be if they didn't involve a spectacular fireworks display? Lucky for us, there are plenty of options. Whether you spend the Fourth of July with your family, friends, or solo, here is a guide to where you'll find fireworks over Fourth of July weekend in metro Phoenix.
Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration at WestWorld
Spend the afternoon of Saturday, July 2, at the 300,000-square-foot equestrian arena, WestWorld. General admission includes a fireworks viewing, live musical entertainment, a Star Wars area, Olympic Village games, a petting zoo, and a kids zone. Admission is $12. VIP tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for kids. The event runs from 3 to 9:30 p.m. If you're only interested in seeing fireworks, viewing is available at the Polo Field gates. Tickets for the viewing are $20 per car, and the area opens at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. For details, visit Scottsdale Independence Day online.
Westgate Firework Fest
Wear your best red, white, and blue garments at the Westgate Entertainment District. Thousands gather every year for live music, food, activities for the whole family, and an open-air beer garden. The event is on Sunday, July 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks start at 9, and admission is free. For more information, visit the Westgate website.
July Fourth Tempe Town Lake Festival
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the 65th Annual Fireworks Spectacular presented by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe at Tempe Beach Park. Enjoy the longstanding tradition with live music, inflatable mazes and jumpers, rock climbing, a beer garden, and food. Fireworks will be launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $5. Children 12 and under get in free, as do attendees with active military IDs. VIP Garden tickets are $30 for children and $60 for adults. For more details, visit the Tempe Fourth website.
Tempe Center for the Arts Fourth of July Celebration
If you're in the mood for wearing a fancy dress and drinking a cocktail while you watch the Fourth of July fireworks, then Tempe Center for the Arts is the place to be. Enjoy air-conditioned comfort with food and refreshments. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets, which include rooftop access to view fireworks, are $25. For more information, visit Tempe Center for the Arts online.
Fourth of Zooly
Phoenix Zoo hosts its annual Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, free carousel rides, special animal guest appearances, inflatables, live entertainment, and a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children. For more information, visit the Phoenix Zoo website.
Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Billed the “coolest” Independence Day Festival in the state, Arizona Celebration of Freedom brings an evening of events including historical flag presentations, live music, Revolutionary War re-enactment, an arts and culture showcase, a naturalization ceremony, and a military showcase. Kids can enjoy a splash zone, inflatables, and carnival-style games. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center Campus. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Arizona Celebration of Freedom website.
Peoria’s All American Festival
Celebrate America’s independence at the Peoria Sports Complex with an evening full of entertainment. Family-friendly activities include live music, eating contests, a cornhole tournament, a five-story water slide, and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. The gates open at 5 p.m. Presale tickets are available for $7, and admission is $10 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $25. For more information, see the Peoria Sports Complex website.
Fourth of July Cave Creek Fireworks & Food Trucks Extravaganza
Embrace your patriotism sitting right below the Cave Creek fireworks show. The event runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 6424 East Cave Creek Road. Expect gourmet food trucks, live music, water rides, a kids zone, and a beer garden. General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. VIP tables are available upon reservation. Entry is free for veterans showing an active military ID. For more details, visit the Cave Creek events website
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Steele Indian School Park is once again the host of the largest fireworks show in the Southwest. The 31st annual Fabulous Phoenix Fourth features music, festival-style food, arts and crafts, a classic car display, interactive exhibits, and of course, fireworks. Kids activities include inflatables and a spray zone. The event is free and open to the public. The fun starts at 6 p.m., and the fireworks are launched at 9:30. For more details, visit Phoenix Parks online.
July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular
Celebrate Independence Day at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, chairs, and sunscreen for an afternoon with music and live entertainment. The party starts at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring kites, frisbees, bikes, and sports balls. The night ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle (cash only). VIP tickets are available for $20 for adults and $10 for kids. For more information, visit the event website.
Celebrate America, Your Hometown Fourth
Bring the whole family for a celebration at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. The fun includes activities such as miniature golf, a water play area, hayrides, a roller coaster, a rock-climbing wall, and train rides. Arrive with an appetite, because there will be festival-style food and food trucks onsite. Fireworks will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Stick around after for an outdoor Disney movie screening with free popcorn. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is $20 per car. Unlimited ride wristbands are $15. VIP tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children. For more details, visit www.schnepffarms.com/event/4th-of-july.
Star Spangled Fourth
Music, food, and fireworks make a great Independence Day celebration, and this year will be no different at Goodyear Ballpark, which will host the Star Spangled Fourth. Enjoy a cookout, live music, inflatable water slides, bounce castles, and a Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest. Close the night with a 20-minute fireworks display. Parking and admission are free. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Star Spangled Fourth website.
Fourth at the Fountain
Spend your Fourth of July evening at one of the tallest fountains in the world. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. at Fountain Park. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit around the park’s charming lake and enjoy the festivities, which include music from DJ Steve Grosse. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Need more details? Check out the Fourth at the Fountain website.
Surprise Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Take your family out to a ball game and stick around for the magnificent fireworks display. The City of Surprise is hosting its 33rd annual Fourth of July celebration at the Surprise Stadium with a rookie league game. Admission is free with a canned food donation. Be there early; the event is limited to the first 10,000 fans. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the game starts at 5:30. The fireworks will start at 8:30. For more information, visit Surprise's special events website.
A baseball game and Fourth of July fireworks? Sounds like the perfect evening for Arizona Diamondbacks fans. The D-backs will host the Padres at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Tailgating games start at 5 p.m., and the first 20,000 fans through the gate will receive a commemorative T-shirt. After the game, Chase Field’s roof will open for a spectacular fireworks display. For more information or to buy tickets ($19 and up), visit the Arizona Diamondbacks' website.