Lit Up

Phoenix celebrates Independence Day with a bang and its largest fireworks display ever at this year’s Fabulous Phoenix Fourth.

The fireworks blast off at 9:30 p.m. and last approximately 25 minutes. This year’s show relies heavily on aerial shell fireworks, boasting 355 shells per minute for an incredibly large firework display that is synchronized to music, says David Urbinato of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Nearly 75,000 Phoenicians flocked to Steele Indian School Park last year to enjoy the fam-friendly event. This year other highlights include live, local entertainment on multiple stages, a classic car exhibit, a kids' zone with inflatable rides, and a "hurricane mister" area to cool things down.

More than 50 food and beverage vendors will be on hand to quench your thirst, but people are encouraged to bring their own water or grill goodies (no glass containers or alcohol are allowed).

The patriotic party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. Admission is free. Call 602-534-3378 or visit for more.

Thu., July 4, 6-10 p.m., 2013