5 Best Things to Do Fourth of July Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Young Frankenstein
We can’t get over the fact that Mel Brooks wrote the words and music to all of the songs in the stage musical version of Young Frankenstein (except for “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” or, as the monster sings it, “Oo atha Rih”). Dude is mad talented – he has an EGOT!

So the play is chock-full of production numbers like Frau Blücher’s "He Vas My Boyfriend," with enough spirited dancing to please any fan. Fountain Hills Theater’s current production of Young Frankenstein will brighten up your weekend with gothic spookiness. Catch one of the final few performances (through Sunday, July 5) at 11445 North Saguaro Boulevard. Tickets are $23 to $28, and showtime Friday, July 3, is 8 p.m. Call 480-837-9661, extension 3, or visit Julie Peterson

National Independents Bar Crawl
America is pretty cool. You can say pretty much whatever you want here, you can make up a new religion and practice it, and we also have that whole freedom thing. But this July, we’re going to be celebrating a different kind of independence during the National Independents Week Pub Crawl. For the third year in a row, lovers of all things local will be tooling around town, checking out some favorite spots, and getting fairly smashed. This year, the 21-and-over (obviously) pub crawl will be taking over Old Town Scottsdale. The group will be starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at Brat Haus, 3622 North Scottsdale Road, then moving on to Craft 64, Fifth and Wine, Hula’s Modern Tiki Scottsdale, and finishing up at RnR Scottsdale. The event is free to attend, and there will be $4 drink specials at each stop. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page. Evie Carpenter

Sickest F**king Stories I Ever Heard
As evening turns to late-night, increasingly weird, questionable activities begin to sound mandatory. For example, as Friday approaches Saturday, a handful of comedians sharing gross true tales while playing Cards Against Humanity is not only perfectly normal, it’s an official nightlife activity at The Torch Theatre.

Voilà! It’s the Sickest F**king Stories I Ever Heard (** courtesy of Torch – you know we’d insert the u-c in a heartbeat), a monthly event that is uncensored and un-for kids. More power to the intrepid performers, whose improv skills are tasked to the max while they stick to the facts. The latest disgustingness unfolds Friday, July 3. Pay what you wish for the 11:15 p.m. show at 4721 North Central Avenue. Call 602-456-2876 or visit for more information. Julie Peterson

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
In the songs you’ll hear sung about our country this Fourth of July, it may seem like Phoenix was overlooked. They’re not talking about us when celebrating amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties, and we certainly don’t have any oceans white with foam. But our city does boast some pretty spacious skies, which makes it the perfect place for fireworks. The rockets’ red glare from the Fabulous Phoenix Fourth’s display doesn’t begin until 9:30 p.m., but two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food, and a classic car display should be enough to keep you going until the bombs start bursting in air.

Phoenix’s Fourth gets fabulous from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. Call 602-262-7424 or visit for more. Zachary Fowle

Stop Making Sense
In our opinion, if you haven’t seen David Byrne dancing with a lamp during the musical break at the end of “This Must Be the Place,” you haven’t lived. But don’t worry – you can pull out an oversize suit and right that wrong this weekend during the Stop Making Sense movie screening at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. The Talking Heads’ famous concert video was released in the ‘80s, but most aspects of this legendary performance are ageless (not to mention great for dancing along).

The party starts at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, in the ballroom. The screening is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend this event. For more information, call 602-716-2222 or visit Katrina Montgomery