Fireworks and festivities are planned on multiple days in many places in and near North Phoenix — and up in the high country for those who wish to beat the heat.
More than 20,000 people from all over the Valley are expected at the 18th annual Independence Day celebration in Anthem. It’s so big the town filed an eight-page traffic plan, which MCDOT said was one of the most extensive they’ve seen, according to Anthem Community Council spokesperson Kristi Northcutt.
Free festivities include a DJ and dancing, with fireworks at 9:30. Food and beer for sale. Kids get unlimited fun on rides, inflatables and water slides for $15 (wristbands are $12 during June at the Anthem Community Center).
The event hosts “the largest crowd in the community park at one time during the course of the year,” said Michele DeMichele, director of special events. “But the attractions are spread throughout the park, so event-goers don’t feel congested.”
The National Anthem will be sung by Lianna Teruel just before the fireworks.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, water, chairs and blankets.
What Not to Bring: No personal fireworks, no alcohol. Officials suggest leaving pets at home— the big crowd and fireworks may frighten them.
Parking: Community park parking lot will open at 5 p.m. Overflow parking is at Boulder Creek High School. Street parking allowed on sections of Anthem Way and Gavilan Peak Parkway. No parking allowed in community center lot after 4:30 p.m. Restrictions on major roadways and facilities begin at 2 p.m.
Things to Do
- Food vendors
- Carnival rides, bounce house & water slides (wristbands: $15)
- DJ music and dancing
- Fireworks finale beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, July 3
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
ACCCA Independence Day Celebration
Anthem Golf & Country Club
2708 W. Anthem Club Dr.
$30/Adults; $15/Children ages 4–12; Free/Children 3 and under
View the Anthem fireworks show from the Persimmon Clubhouse and lawn with other Country Club residents while enjoying a full BBQ menu, music, bounce houses and face painting. Reservations required.
Around the Valley
Desert Ridge Fireworks
Reach 11 Sports Complex
2425 E. Deer Valley Dr., Phoenix
Concessions available for purchase, including hot dogs, shaved ice, snow cones. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Fourth on the First Fireworks
6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Visit this Western-themed mining town for the Fourth. Water zone for the kids, mechanical bull riding, a dunk tank, a full bar from Dirty Tequila, delicious food and live music from southern soft rock band Redneck Revolution and The Saints of Las Vegas rock band. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Lake Pleasant 2017 Fireworks Show
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Peoria
Spend the day out on a boat, swimming in the lake, or have a picnic under a ramada. Once the sun sets, settle down for the fantastic fireworks display over the water. The fireworks will launch from Vista Point, near Pleasant Harbor Marina, and be visible from from most areas in the park.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Fireworks
Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale
Celebrate with fireworks after a long day of fun in the sun.
Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
$5/General Admission; $30–$60/VIP Beer Garden
A food court, beer garden, live music, inflatable village for all ages and rock wall climbing. Fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.
Westgate Firework Fest
Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Family fun activities, live music at two stages, dinner deals from over 20 restaurants, open-air beer garden and a festive fireworks display. Free parking. Bring a blanket and chairs.
4th of Zooly
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
$45/Ages 13 and up; $35/Children ages 3–12; Free/Children under 3
All-American BBQ dinner, carousel rides, stingray bay, animal encounters, inflatable slides, bounce house, music and fireworks viewing all at the lakeside lawn.
Head North for the 4th
Prescott Downtown Celebration (No Fireworks)
UPDATE JULY 3: Prescott has cancelled the fireworks due to fire risk. The rest of the celebration will go on as planned.
Prescott Mile High Middle School Field
300 S. Granite St., Prescott
Live bands, food vendors and a beer garden. Unlimited inflatables pass for kids available for $10. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
4th of July Home Town Celebration
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Green Valley Park
1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson
Get away from the intense Valley heat to play some family games, including an egg toss and tug-of-war. Listen to live music from The Take Cover Band. A fireworks show ends the night. Food vendors on site. Bring a blanket and chairs.
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Independence Day Concert
Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff
Spend the afternoon listening to the orchestra perform under the breezy pines.
All event are subject to change due to weather conditions.