4th of July events in Phoenix

By Swathi Ramaswamy on Jan 08, 2019
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With time off for most people on the Fourth of July, there are great opportunities for the people in Phoenix for family-friendly events in the valley where you can visit local attractions and enjoy fireworks, rides, games, food and drinks.

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The local attractions have special offers for the day, and while some have admission charges, most of them are free. In case they require a ticket, it will be wise to buy yours online beforehand to avoid the long queues. Here is a list of activities that the residents can look forward to for the Fourth of July events in Phoenix.

1. Mesa celebrations for the Fourth of July

Mesa in Arizona is one of the largest cities near Phoenix and the Independence Day events here are one of the most awaited celebrations in the area. The celebration begins at 6 in the evening and goes on till 11 in the night at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre. The celebration includes live music, patriotic displays for the visitors, and fireworks. There are reenactments from history from various groups to divulge the visitors into the rich background of sacrifice and courage required for freedom. The fireworks begin at around 9:30 and last for about 20 minutes. There are games and a splash zone for the kids and a trackless train which gives rides to the children and adults during the event. There will be plenty of entertainment, food, and artwork on display but personal fireworks are not permissible. Admission to this venue is free of cost, but you will have to buy your own food and merchandise.

2. Fabulous Phoenix Fourth with Fireworks and Arts

The Valley of the Sun has one of the biggest events in the state with one of the most magnificent fireworks display. Around 100,000 people take part in this celebration between 6 in the evening to 10 pm at the Steele Indian School Park. There will be provisions made for patriotic programs and other local entertainments along with rides and activities for the kids. There will be displays of art and craft for purchase purposes and a separate ‘splash zone’ where you can take a dip in the water. You can bring blankets and mats to enjoy the 20-minute long fireworks. The admission is free, but you will have to purchase your own food and beverages. 

3. Tempe Town Lake Festival

The celebration here draws a lot of crowds, and it has one of the largest fireworks display in Arizona. It takes place in Tempe Town Lake in downtown Tempe from 5 in the evening, and you can expect an evening filled with family-friendly rides and activities. There are activities such as rock climbing, face painting, relay horses, and other entertainment options. A live entertainment will be featured during the event too. The fireworks last for 35 minutes which is followed by some more musical entertainment. The admission charges are $8 per person or $15 for two tickets on the spot and are limited depending on the capacity of the park. The presale tickets are cheaper and are available at different locations. The VIP tickets cost about $60 for adults and $30 for children. You can bring your own blankets and chairs, but outside food and beverages are not allowed. 

4. Schnepf Farms Celebrations for the Fourth of July

Situated in Queen Creek, this town offers family-friendly celebrations between 4 in the evening to 10 pm. There are rides, water slides and splash zones to keep your kids entertained. Apart from that, they also have live entertainment, train rides, contests, hay rides, zoo and fireworks. They have VIP tickets which give you unlimited access to the rides and special seating for dinner and fireworks. The rides are open till after the fireworks, and they additionally have an outdoor movie once the fireworks are done.

5. Celebration at Scottsdale

The celebration takes place at West World in North Scottsdale and is fully air-conditioned for your comfort. There are stunt shows, bull riding rodeos, pony rides, a character meet and greet for your kids in the Kid Zone. The tickets are cheaper if you book online in advance and VIP seating is available which give benefits such as exclusive seating and access to certain activities. The festivity begins at 3 in the afternoon and ends with fireworks at around 9:30 pm.

6. Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate the holiday every year after a baseball game at the stadium in Chase Field, Downtown Phoenix. There is a spectacular show of fireworks at the end of the game which is included in the tickets to the game. In addition to that, the first 20,000 fans that enter the stadium get a patriotic T-shirt as a gift. The tickets are sold before the game, and the fireworks are a part of the game ticket which cannot be purchased separately. 

7. Wet n Wild celebrations for the Fourth of July

A popular water park in Phoenix, Wet ‘n’ Wild offers water games for all ages where you can spend the entire day with your family enjoying the games followed by fireworks. There are slides, pools and splash areas to cool off in with friends and family. There are special admission provisions for military first responders families for the entire week. The fireworks begin roughly around 9 PM a day prior to Independence Day.

8. The Phoenix Zoo

The zoo in Phoenix has over 1000 animals and is very active in wildlife conservation programs in accordance with the changing times. On the Fourth of July, you can expect free carousel rides, meet and greet with people in animal suits, live music and other entertainments between 7 in the evening to 10 PM. The fireworks of Tempe Town Lake can be viewed while seated in the zoo. There will additionally be a catered BBQ dinner and seating at the back of the zoo at 9 PM for the fireworks. The tickets are available online, and the guests do not need to carry their own chairs.

Enjoy the wonders of fourth of July with fun and fervor. 

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