The Perfect Fourth of July in Arizona

The Fourth of July is the most American of holidays. Yes, it honors the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But it’s also about eating hot dogs, drinking beer, and watching some sweet firework displays. Check out these events to have the perfect Fourth of July in Arizona! 

1. Tempe Town Lake Festival, Tempe, AZ

Tempe Town Lake is the site of the Valley’s most popular, and impressive, Fourth of July fireworks shows. The 67th Annual Fireworks Spectacular, hosted by Kiwanis Club of Tempe, will be launched over Tempe Town Lake for a dazzling display over water. The festival includes live music, a family fun tent, and a special VIP Garden with dinner and drink tickets. A lineup of sponsors such as Dave & Buster’s and Pepsi , will be providing food and beverages for the evening of fun. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m.

2. Flagstaff 4th of July Parade, Flagstaff, AZ

Head north for some cool weather and a parade you won’t soon forget. The Annual Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade will be the morning of Wednesday, July 4. The parade takes a tour of Historic Downtown Flagstaff and features floats, music, and local organizations. This parade is as festive as it gets, so prepare to dress up in your finest patriotic attire. The parade is presented by Pepsi and the local Twin Arros Casino Resort

3. Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix’s largest Fourth of July celebration is Fabulous Phoenix Fourth.  Now in its 32nd year, this event regularly attracts around 100,000 guests for their downtown fireworks display. This year’s event will fun from 6-10 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park.  The non-alcoholic family event will include live music, local entertainers, and food and beverage vendors. It will also include youth activities and a water spray zone where the kids can cool off from the desert heat.

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4. Hometown 4th of July Celebration, Payson, AZ

Escape the heat at the Hometown 4thof July Celebration. This small-town celebration is located in Payson, which is normally around 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix. The celebration starts promptly at 8 a.m. with a patriotic salute to service members, followed by a day filled with family games and activities. It will also feature live music from The Take Cover Band, a cover band that plays classic rock songs from the Beatles, Eagles, Rolling Stones, and more. The day caps off with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Attendees can take advantage of a free shuttle bus that leaves from Payson High School.

5. 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, Prescott, AZ

If you’re looking for an escape from the big city, look no further than Prescott this Fourth of July. Prescott is known for its small-town charm and casual atmosphere. Their Fourth of July celebration kicks off every year at noon in the centrally located Pioneer Park. From there, a day filled with food, music and games kicks off. The free event also features the largest fireworks display in Yavapai County. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and money for food vendors. The celebration lasts until 10 p.m. 

6. Tombstone 4th of July, Tombstone, AZ

The “Town Too Tough to Die” is very much alive on the Fourth of July. The famous Western city will be holding their annual Independence Day celebration on historic Allen Street and in the City Park. Visitors can get in the spirit with events going on throughout the historic town, including a spectacular fireworks show going on at dusk at Medigovich Field. 

7. Diamonds in the Sky Celebration, Tucson, AZ

Nothing says America like a day at the ballpark. Sports fans can celebrate from the stands at Kino Stadium on the Fourth of July. The Sun Belt College League will be the featured baseball team for the evening. Gates open at 5 p.m. and goes on until about 9:30 p.m. The event will include music, giveaways, games, kid’s activities, and the essential $1 hot dogs. The games conclusion will be followed by a 30-minute fireworks show.

8. July 4th Spectacular, Chandler, AZ

Chandler hosts its own Independence Day celebration with their July 4 Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park. The event includes an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. Kids can get in on the fun with activities like face painting, a coloring zone, a photobooth area, Sesame Street Step & Repeat, and more. The event will also feature live music from local performers including performances by The School of Rock’s The Sugar Skulls, who have opened up for bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett, Grand Funk Railroad, and many more. The event runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m., with the fireworks display starting at 9 p.m.

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