July 4 Events
In The Phoenix Metro
By Karen Weil
Modern Times Magazine
June 30, 2016 — As the nation marks its 240th birthday on July 4, Metro Phoenix denizens will have no shortage of events to choose from and, although the federal holiday falls on a Monday, some celebrations start as early as July 1 (and, unless otherwise noted, all events feature—that’s right—fireworks, though most don’t start until around 9 p.m. once it’s dark).
The City of Phoenix’ official Fabulous Phoenix Fourth event promises to be one of the largest Independence Day gatherings in the Valley, and, while the name sounds a bit cheesy, the city has put together a very compelling lineup of attractions. For the very affordable price of zero dollars, attendees will have access to two stages of entertainment, food, a classic car show, rides and a water-spray zone for the youngsters.
Even better, the Fabulous Phoenix Fourth does not kick off until 6 p.m. on July 4 when the temperatures begin to dip into the low 100s (which is basically winter weather for native Phoenicians).
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4 or call 602-534-3378.
Friday, July 1
Light Up The Sky will offer up a little early Fourth of July entertainment for West Valley residents from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix. There will be food and drink vendors, an inflatable play area and local sports mascots on the baseball diamond. You can find more information in the “Other Independence Day Events Hosted By City of Phoenix…” section at https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4 or by calling 602-262-6575.
Those in the East Valley can head over to Red, White & Boom in Ahwatukee at Pecos Park, 17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix. The event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Along with live entertainment, there will be refreshments and a “kids zone.” General admission is $5 and more information can be found at http://www.red-white-boom.com/
Saturday, July 2
Grab your Grandma and head over to Fort McDowell Casino for Lunar Bingo. Players can enjoy music, cocktail specials, and black and laser lights. The buy-in is $5 a pack with payouts. The fun starts at midnight at Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell.
If you’re looking to beat the heat, 4th of July at WestWorld is the place to be. There will be live music, fun for kids and refreshments in an air-conditioned environment. Tickets start at $12 for general admission and $6 for Scottsdale residents. Children five and under are free. The event starts at 3 p.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. You can buy tickets at http://www.scottsdaleindependenceday.com/ or by calling 1-866-977-6849.
Sunday, July 3
The Westgate Fireworks Fest is a cost-friendly Independence Day celebration as admission and parking are free. The event will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Westgate Entertainment District, adjacent to the Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. There will be a beer garden, live entertainment, food, games and prizes. More information can be found at http://www.westgateaz.com/america/.
Residents in the North Valley can visit the Independence Day Celebration at Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, New River. There will be rides ($15 for wristbands), music, water slides, festival-type food and other activities. The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. and parking is free. For more information, visit http://www.onlineatanthem.com/independence-day-celebration or call 623-742-4510.
Monday, July 4
John Michael Montgomery, the veteran country singer and hitmaker, will perform live in concert at 8 p.m. at Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell. Tickets start at $15, and can be obtained at ticketmaster.com or in the casino’s gift shop. For more info, call 1-800-THE-FORT.
Mesa’s Arizona Celebration of Freedom will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. The free event offers live entertainment, food and family activities. Visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/arizona-celebration-of-freedom for more information.
Fourth at the Fountain will start at 6 p.m. in Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. DJ Steve Grosse will provide music, and there will be games and prizes. Attendees are advised to bring blankets. Call 480-816-5185 for more information.
The July 4th Fireworks Spectacular will light up the sky in Chandler. The event takes place from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Parking is $5 per vehicle, and you can call 480-782-2735 for more info.
The 4th of July All American Festival takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave, Peoria. There will be a Kids Zone, Water Zone, live entertainment and a food-eating contest. Admission is $10 for those 12 and up; parking is free. More information can be found at https://peoriasportscomplex.com/sportscontent.aspx?id=38680
Head on down to Tempe and take a look at the brand new dam at the Tempe Town Lake Festival, starting at 5 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The event will feature vendor booths, food and kid-friendly activities. Tickets are $8 at the gate and children 12 and under are free. Call 480-350-5189 for more information.
Star-Spangled 4th will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. Along with the All-American Cookout, there will be kids’ activities, food and live music by the Groove Merchants. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.goodyearbp.com/events/star-spangled-4th or call 623-882-3120.
There will be a 4th of July Celebration, starting at 4:30 p.m., at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. There will be a Rookie League Baseball game at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. Call 623-222-2000 for more information.
The 4th of July “Splash Bash” goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 Old Litchfield Road. This pool party will feature games, children’s activities, food for purchase and a DJ. The entry fee is $2. For more information, visit http://www.litchfield-park.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1487 or call 623-935-9040.
4th of July Fireworks start at 7 p.m. at the Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N. Pina Ave., Casa Grande. There will be food for purchase, family games, bouncers and relay races. For more information, call 520-421-8677.
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