Assuming the risk of fire doesn’t force any bans or cancellations, fireworks and festivities are planned for several locations and dates around the Valley and into the high country. So far, shows have been cancelled in these locales: Prescott, Cave Creek, Flagstaff and Williams. Before you go to a show, check to make sure it’s still happening. [See also: Personal Fireworks: What’s Legal & What’s Not]
The town welcomes all comers to its 19th annual celebration. Local teen Sophia Humbert will sing the National Anthem at 9:25 p.m., with fireworks to follow. OK to bring: food, water, chairs, blankets, sunscreen. Not OK: alcohol. Ill-advised: pets (because of the noise).
- Water slides and inflatables*
- Food vendors & beer garden
- DJ and dancing
Tuesday, July 3
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
*Wristbands for rides are $15, or $12 in June at the Civic Building or Community Center.
Through Thursday, July 5
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
Free/Resort residents and restaurant guests
Watermelon-eating contests, foam and glow parties, mermaid story time, treasure hunts, concerts, dive-in movies, patriotic programs, vintage air show and fireworks. See schedule online.
Deer Valley Park
19602 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix
Inflatable fun zone, food truck row, community resource booths and a fireworks show.
The Enclave at Anthem
42015 N. Venture Drive
Games, prizes and Kona Ice. A portion of the proceeds benefit Youth for Troops care packages.
Anthem Country Club: Persimmon Clubhouse
2708 W. Anthem Club Drive
Bounce houses, face painting, food, music, entertainment and of course, fireworks. Anthem Country Club members only. Reservations required.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park: Discovery Center
39345 N. Overlook Road, Peoria
Watch from your air-conditioned vehicle or enjoy the evening heat on the new patio. First-come, first-served seating and parking.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale
$40.99/Daily Fee; Free/Season Pass Holders
Celebrate with fireworks after a long day of fun in the sun.
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
$15/Adults; $12/Children ages 3–12; $45/Family 4–pack; $20/One car fireworks only
Celebrate in the cool indoors with a stunt dog show, a Jurassic dinosaur exhibit, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, obstacle courses, a bull riding rodeo, electric animal rides and fireworks.
Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Live music and activities for the whole family. Bring blankets and chairs.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Two stages featuring international recording artists, festival-style food, arts and crafts, rides, inflatables, a water zone, fireworks and a classic car display. No outside fireworks or alcohol allowed.
2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler
Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marine Corp, live music from School of Rock Sugar Skulls, a live DJ, corn hole, a coloring area, giveaways and fireworks.
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
$45/Ages 13 and up; $35/Children ages 3–12; Free/Children under 3
All-American BBQ dinner, carousal rides, stingray bay, animal encounters, inflatable slides, bounce house, music and fireworks viewing all at the lakeside lawn.
Prescott Mile High Middle School Field
300 S. Granite St., Prescott
Live army bands, food vendors, inflatables, fireworks and a beer garden. [UPDATE: Prescott Fireworks have been cancelled, but the other events will go on as planned.]
8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Green Valley Park
1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson
Head North on the Fourth for a patriotic ceremony including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, live music from The Take Cover Band, a fireworks show, family games and activities.
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
$7/Advance; $10/Adults; Free/Children 12 and under
Food challenges, corn hole tournament, water zone for kids, live music from The Ryan Sims Band and fireworks.
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
$7–$8/Advance Tickets; $10/Gate Admission
Fireworks, food court, beer garden, Dave and Buster’s kid tent, rock wall climbing and an inflatable village for all ages. Live performances from City of Tempe Honor Guard, Kianna Martinez and Lane Change.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
[See Tuesday’s listing]