The Perfect Fourth of July in Arizona! By
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 slugging down hot dogs, drinking beer, and watching some sweet firework displays. Check out these events to have the perfect Fourth of July in Arizona!
Tempe Town Lake is the site of the Valley’s most popular, and impressive, Fourth of July fireworks shows. The 66th Annual Fireworks Spectacular, hosted by Kiwanis Club, 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. Macayo’s Depot Cantina and Pepsi will be providing food and beverages for the evening of fun. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks display goes from 9:15-9:50 p.m.
Head north for some cool weather and a parade you won’t soon forget. The 21st Annual Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade will be from 9-11 a.m. this July Fourth. The parade takes a tour of Historic Downtown Flagstaff and features floats, music, and local organizations. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring” so prepare to dress up in your finest patriotic attire. The parade is presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse, a local outdoors store specializing in hunting, camping, and outdoor gear.
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.
What’s more American than a good old fashioned barbecue cook off? You’ll get a chance to show off your finest barbecue dish at The Collective 4th of July BBQ Cook- off. The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Collective, a 54,000-square-foot development located near Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek. The Collective is home to numerous dining options and retail shops to keep you entertained long after the cook off.
Escape the heat at the Hometown 4th of 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 firework display at 9 p.m. Attendees can take advantage of a free shuttle bus that leaves from Payson High School.
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 Square. 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.
Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with some culture at the 88th Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture. The festival has been a mainstay since the 1930s and highlights some of the best artists and their works from the local Hopi villages. Visitors will be able to watch artist demos, listen to traditional Native American music, and shop from Hopi art vendors. The event will also include children’s activities, lectures, and food and beverages. The event runs from July 1-2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Museum of Northern Arizona.
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 on the fun with a pancake breakfast, family-style softball tournament, and a “Bikes, Trikes, Wagons and Stroller” parade. Parents are encouraged to decorated bikes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative showings. The event will also feature live music performances by Danny Many Horses, Nickle Nancy, Johnny Rowland, The Cameo Ladies Kitchen Band and more. The event will conclude with fireworks at dusk at Medigovich Field.
9. 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 Tucson Saguaros will be taking on the Monterey Amberjacks during the second annual Diamonds in the Sky Celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m. before the Tucson Saguaros baseball game at 6 p.m. The event will include music, giveaways, kid’s activities, and the coup de grace, $1 hot dogs. The games conclusion will be followed by a 30-minute fireworks show.
Chandler hosts its own Independence Day celebration with their July 4 Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park. The event is presented by Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers and will include a laundry list of activities. Kids can get in on the fun with activities like laser tag, face painting, balloon animals, and an inflatable car wash. The event will also feature live music from local performers including People Who Can Fly and Blaine Long. The event runs from 5-10:30 p.m., with the fireworks display starting at 9 p.m.