Party Crasher

The 17 Best Fourth of July Parties in Phoenix in 2017

The star-spangled staff at the W Scottsdale Hotel during last year's Fourth of July festivities.
The star-spangled staff at the W Scottsdale Hotel during last year's Fourth of July festivities. Benjamin Leatherman
While there's never been any sort of official law or constitutional mandate guaranteeing it, we Americans certainly have a right to party. And you can bet that folks will be exercising that right over the Fourth of July in cities across the country, from sea to shining sea.

And that’s especially true here in the Valley as firecrackers and Roman candles won't be the only thing going off around town during the holiday. A variety of pool parties, club nights, and dance events also will be happening throughout the Valley – particularly in such hotspots as downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale – from Thursday, June 29, until Tuesday, July 4.

If you’re up for celebrating the spirit of ‘Murica in honor of her 241st birthday (and need an excuse to sport your American flag bikinis and other star-spangled swimwear), check out our guide to the best parties and nightlife events during the Fourth of July in Phoenix.

Independence Weekend
Thursday, June 29, to Tuesday, July 4
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Scottsdale

They’ll have six straight days nights of celebrations planned at the Scottsdale location of Whiskey Row and plenty of drink specials and music on tap (courtesy of DJs and live bands) each evening. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and there’s no cover.

All-American Weekend
Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4
LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar

Fourth of July pro-tip: you’ll be able to scope out some epic views of fireworks during Independence Day weekend at LUSTRE, specifically the Arizona Diamondbacks’ post-game spectacular on Friday, July 1. That’s not the only reason to check out the scene at the bar, as it will host pool parties for four days straight. Things get going at 11 a.m. each day with DJs, cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and pool toys aplenty. Admission is free.

Independence Weekend Block Party
Thursday, June 29, to Monday, July 3
El Hefe & Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Tempe

The staff at both El Hefe and it’s next door neighbor Whiskey Row have a weekend-long fiesta planned that will cover both spots. They’ll light the fuse on Thursday with the "Star Spangled Smirnoff" shindig that will have (you guessed it) $5 Smirnoff cocktails. The partying continues on Friday and Saturday with dance music and drink specials like $3 beers. And anyone who’s down for staying up late on Monday (since you probably don’t have work the next day and all) can wrap up the holiday weekend with a slew of local DJs and a variety of libations. Both spots open at 11 a.m. each day and there’s no cover.

Robin Schulz
Friday, June 30
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale

Kick off the holiday weekend a few days early at this after-dark affair in Maya’s nightclub that will feature a headlining set by Robin Schulz. The Grammy-nominated house music DJ and producer, who’s behind such hit remixes as "Waves" and "Prayer in C," will keep things bumping on the dance floor. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Red White & Zebra Stripe Weekend
Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4
El Hefe in Scottsdale

El Hefe has sort of a thing of zebras. So much so that the striped creature serves as both mascot and spirit animal for both its staff and patrons. And during the Fourth of July holiday, it becomes the inspiration for one of El Hefe’s biggest celebrations. Four days worth of festivities will take over the Scottsdale spot starting on Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1. A special edition of El Hefe’s Sunday afternoon affair takes place on July 2 and includes a local DJ showcase and $200 bottles of Pinnacle Vodka until 4 p.m. Even more DJs and drink specials, like $5 frozen margaritas, will be available at the party on July 4th itself. The place opens at 11 a.m. each day and admission is free.

click to enlarge A couple of characters from BroLoaf's Annual Patriotic Meltdown last year. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
A couple of characters from BroLoaf's Annual Patriotic Meltdown last year.
Benjamin Leatherman
BroLoaf's Annual Patriotic Meltdown
Saturday, July 1
Yucca Tap Room in Tempe

Fans of local band BroLoaf will pack the Yucca Tap for the band’s annual free-for-all of beer, barbecue, corny jokes, rowdy fun, and plenty of comical punk mayhem. The eighth edition of the meltdown should be just as lively as ever and will likely include any combination of the following: confetti, cheerleaders, costumed characters, beer bongs, crotch thrusts, American flags, rude gestures, satirical skewering of ‘Murica. and (of course) plenty of punk rock. This year’s lineup of bands includes Smoky Mountain Skullbusters, Old Fashion Assassin, SkullDrug, and BroLoaf themselves, who will headline. Expect plenty of Trump jokes, to say the least. According to BroLoaf member Ben Brah, "it's gonna be a wild show." The party starts at 8 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Release Pool Party feat. Deorro
Saturday, July 1
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

Deorro’s latest gig in the Valley will take place poolside at Talking Stick in Scottsdale during one of two big Release parties happening at the resort over the holiday weekend. As per usual with the DJ/producer, his set is likely to include plenty of dutch house, progressive house, electro, Melbourne bounce, and trap music. DJ Brett Ortiz will open. Things get going at 11 a.m. and Deorro will perform later in the afternoon. Tickets are $20 to $30, depending on date of purchase.

Make America Dance Again
Saturday, July 1
Linger Longer Lounge

Tongue Tied’s DJ Roya and DJ Funkfinger are promising that the Fourth of July weekend edition of the monthly dance party will be “yuge” and feature plenty of star-spangled shenanigans. The pair will spin a variety of indie, alternative, and retro hits, as well as some “your favorite patriotic tunes,” to get things moving on the dance floor. There will also be specials on domestic beers, a photo booth, tiny flags, appropriately themed accessories, and a costume contest featuring a $50 gift card as first prize. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Punk White and Blue
Saturday, July 1
Joe’s Grotto

While we can’t promise that anyone will sport a red, white, and blue mohawk like the dude on the flyer, it's safe to say that this concert/party will feature plenty of punk attitude, PBR, and more than a few snarls. The all-locals lineup will feature sets by Bathless Bastards, C:28, Innocent Elaine, Welcome to the Midwest, and The Heartless. The thunderous fun starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Read on for more of metro Phoenix's best Fourth of July parties.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.