The year is flying by and July 4th will be here before we know it. June is the perfect time to plan holiday festivities, whether you stay inside and keep cool, or hang out with friends and family at festivals. Check out our “boombastic” list of events around the Valley.
All-American eats and treats will be served before a 9 p.m. fireworks display at Youngker High School. The event is free, however, some activities may require a fee.
Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye, http://bit.ly/2qiyccx, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., free.
Red, White & Rawhide Fireworks Spectacular
This Independence Day is sure to be a fun-filled event with a huge fireworks display, tons of water slides to stay cool, bounce houses, live music, food and additional attractions. This special event includes live music performances by Zebop “The Music of Santana” featuring Tony Lindsay, LaDezz performing its fan-favorites including Latin, R&B, old school and funk. The Rawhide Steakhouse will be offering a special Red White & Rawhide Buffet complete with top sirloin, St. Louis ribs, chili bar and dessert station for $17.95-plus per person for adults and $9.95 and over for kids. Reserve a spot at 480.502.5600 or email Reso@Rawhide.com.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, rawhide.com, 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, tickets start at $20. Tickets include admission into Rawhide, live performances on stage, live-action stunt shows, fireworks and unlimited Rawhide attractions and rides.
Celebrate America and its heritage at this traditional fireworks show on Independence night at Tumbleweed Park, presented by the City of Chandler and produced by R-Entertainment. Information about the event and the VIP area will be announced soon. The high-energy celebration features music by People Who Can Fly and Blaine Long, food vendors and Kidtopia activities. Fireworks kick off at 9 p.m.
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, 480.782.2735, chandleraz.gov/4thofjuly, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., free, $5 parking.
The Fourth at the Fountain
The Fourth at the Fountain kicks off at 6 p.m. with music by DJ Steve Grosse, games and prize, with pyrotechnics to begin at 9 p.m. over the lake. This year attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food vendors will sell Italian ice, frozen lemonade and other goodies. Public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills will be available.
Fourth at the Fountain, 12925 N, Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480.816.5185, experiencefountainhills.org/p/events, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., free.
Gilbert’s July 4th Celebration
Details were still being developed at deadline, but the Town of Gilbert is hosting a July 4th celebration at Higley High School. The event and parking are free, with fireworks beginning at 8:30 p.m. Food trucks will sell food and beverages. Additional viewing sites will be available at the below website in June.
Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, gilbertaz.gov/July4th, 6 p.m., free.
Westgate Fireworks Fest
Enjoy music, family entertainment, dinner deals and a beer garden, all before a 9 p.m. fireworks display. Celebrate with two music stages, fun activities and eats starting at 5 p.m.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale, 623.385.7502, westgateaz.com., starts at 5 p.m., free.
Wet ‘n’ Wild
Wet ‘n’ Wild’s fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m., but there is plenty of fun available before. The Red Rock Ravine Picnic area will be the best viewing area. In addition, the park will host an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Meal tickets are available online and at guest services.
Wet ‘n’ Wild, Adobe Dam Regional Park, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 623.201.2000, wetnwildphoenix.com, 11 a.m., call for pricing.
Star-Spangled 4th is a free family event that includes live music and a 20-minute fireworks display.
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, goodyearbp.com, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4, free.
Wigwam Resort’s Great American Celebration
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a live DJ, interactive activities, a Kids’ Zone with waterslides and inflatables, and barbecue and drink specials. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Feel free to bring chairs, blankets and beach towels.
The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, 623.935.3811, wigwamarizona.com, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., free admission.
Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Dubbed the “coolest” Independence Day festival in Arizona, the Celebration of Freedom includes live music, patriotic displays, a naturalization ceremony, Revolutionary War reenactments, Freedom Express trackless train, family fun and fireworks.
Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street, and along Center Street, between Second Street and University Drive, azcelebrationoffreedom.org, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., free.
A kids’ zone, water zone, food challenge, cornhole tournament and fireworks display are some of the activities at the City of Peoria’s All-American Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, http://bit.ly/2oJHa5F, time and pricing TBA.
Lake Pleasant 2017 Fireworks Show
Have a blast with Pleasant Harbor and the Maricopa Water District during their annual Fourth of July Fireworks show. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Activities run through 11 p.m.
Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina, 8708 W. Harbor Boulevard, Peoria, 928.501.5270, pleasantharbor.com, 5 p.m., $15.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks take on their rivals, the Colorado Rockies, in what is always a spirited game. The first 20,000 fans receive a patriotic T-shirt, courtesy of Chandler-based State Forty Eight. A fireworks show will follow.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com, 7:10 p.m., $19.50-$250.
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration
Activities include All-Star Stunt Dogs Challenge by Stunt Dog Productions, Stunt Masters BMX Shows, super kids’ play zone, petting zoo, pony rides, Dirty Money Cattle Company Bull Riding Competition, princess and superhero meet and greets, food and a traditional fireworks show.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 1.866.977.6849, Scottsdale4th.com, 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $6-$25 in advance. Ride wristbands are $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child, and $5 wristbands for children 5 and younger. Military and first responders are admitted free with valid ID.
Surprise’s 4th of July Celebration
Come out to Surprise Stadium and watch a Kansas City vs. Seattle rookie league game and stick around for the fireworks display. Entry into the stadium is limited to the first 10,000 fans with tickets, which can be acquired for free with a canned food donation.
Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise, surpriseaz.gov, 4:30 p.m., free with canned food donation.
July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe presents the “best fireworks show,” which will be set to patriotic, pop and country music. The evening includes performances by Lane Change, Kianna Martinez and Levi Rebel. Other activities include the kids’ ID tent, family fun fest with a free inflatable village and a food court.
Tempe Town Lake, 80 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.5189, tempe4th.com, 5 p.m., visit any Fry’s store for tickets.
Bring your chairs, blankets and pop up tents to spend time with family and friends at the City of Tolleson’s 4th of July Celebration. The Uptown Band provides the music, while kids enjoy free inflatable water slides. Parents and children can compete in the water balloon toss, and in the hot dog- and marshmallow-eating competitions. And as is traditional, members of the City Council, management and staff will cut and pass out free watermelon slices. Fireworks end the night.
Tolleson Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson, 623.474.4992, tollesonaz.org/events, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., free.
JULY 1 TO JULY 4
Old Tucson will celebrate the country’s birthday with a four-day celebration that includes a performance by Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Tribute dinner show on July 2. Other events include a patriotic parade and flag ceremonies. Kids will have plenty to do: play games for prizes and enjoy festive food. Adults can get in on the action, watching or competing in a pie-eating contest and testing their skills at games. Included with admission: Old Tucson’s signature live musical, stunt and comedy shows, living history presentations and site tours. Also included are the train, antique cars and vintage carousel.
Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, 520.883.0100, oldtucson.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1 to July 4, free for kids 11 and younger, $18.95 for those 12 and older.