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The Fourth of July just isn’t complete without fireworks, BBQs, watermelon and picnics. If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the Fourth of July, we’ve got a great list of local Phoenix Fourth of July events for you below. Enjoy!

6/29 – 6/30

Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom 

The Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom, the state’s “coolest” independence festival, will feature more than a dozen cool zones and family fun zones. Enjoy live country and rock and roll music on multiple stages, and numerous patriotic displays. Motorcycle Mania, a new event for motorcycle enthusiasts and a classic car show will also be featured events. Of course, don’t miss the Chicago Cubs Salute to America fireworks extravaganza. Actor/singer John Schneider will give a benefit performance Friday night at the Mesa Arts Center for the Go*Vets Foundation and will emcee and perform at Saturday night’s Salute to America.

Details: Main Street in Downtown Mesa. Free, 6-10pm.

6/30

After Dark in the Park

This free event features local food vendors, live music and inflatable rides for kids.  The event will end with a fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.

Details: Deer Valley Park 19602 N. 19th Avenue,Phoenix. Free, 7-9pm.Fireworks begin at 8:45pm. Call 602-495-3735 for more information.

6/30 – 7/3

Fourth of July Freedom Fest 

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will be having its second Star-Spangled Spectacular by celebrating with a four day extravaganza. Take the chance to listen to a new band each night and lounge in the 6,000-sq.-foot Sonoran Splash pool complex, complete with waterslides. The event also will involve nightly firework shows, a patriotic fly-over, military demonstrations, family games, events and contests, and special summer food, drinks and frozen treats. The concert lineup includes Super Diamond (a Neil Diamond-inspired sound), AbbaFab, Paperback Writer and Zowie Bowie.

Details: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. Events and times vary so check schedule for details.

7/3

Anthem Independence Day Celebration 

This event will honor our country’s “birthday” with fun, food and fireworks. Enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, kettle corn, fry bread, sno-cones, and funnel cake while listening to music or watching the stilt walkers. Wet and dry bounce houses and slides will be available for entertainment. Firework display will be at 9:30pm. No outside alcohol is allowed. Anthem Rotary will be hosting their Beer Garden at the event.

Details: Anthem Community Park 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix Admission is free; Water Slides and Inflatables are $10 all you can ride; other attraction prices vary.6-10pm.

Light Up the Sky Fourth of July Celebration

A fireworks show at Maryvale Baseball Park, including inflatable rides, outside of the stadium. This is a family oriented, non-alcoholic Maryvale fireworks event that draws thousands each year. Attendees can enjoy a variety of food and refreshments available for purchase, activities and entertainment all complimented by one of the finest fireworks spectaculars in the state. Only sealed water bottles will be allowed in the stadium. The highlight of the program is of course the outstanding fireworks display at 9:10 p.m.

Details: Maryvale Baseball Park 3600 N. 51st Avenue, Phoenix. Free. 6:30-10pm.

Third of July Fireworks

Celebrate America’s independence with the family at an outdoor barbecue at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek. Follow the meal with activities such as face painting, shaved ice, and a mobile video-game truck. Live music by Young Country will be performed. A firework show will begin at sunset.

Details: Harold’s Corral 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. $6-13 for barbecue.

7/4

Fourth of July Block Party at Sheraton Horse Pass 

Offered from $129 per night, the “Red, White and Boom Block Party” package includes accommodations in a luxurious guestroom, entrance for two children and two adults into the Block-party including; the official aerial viewing show of nearby Rawhide Western Town’s fireworks and a live acoustic performance by critically-acclaimed Aaron White.

All guests on this VIP package will be given specialty wristbands at check-in which they will be required to wear for entrance at the checkpoint on the resort’s Hemapik lawn on Wednesday, July 4th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Children of all ages are invited to bask in the glories of summer fun as our Sheraton Adventure team hosts a three-legged race, a hot-dog eating contest, water balloon toss complete with prizes, backyard treats and patriotic themed concessions ranging from $5-10. Throughout the weekend enjoy all-American favorites such as hamburgers, hot-dogs and ice-cream, all available for purchase at our poolside Hanyo Bar & Grill.

Reservations are required and guests are encouraged to act quickly. This special promotion is available with rates from $129 on July 4 and additional surrounding room nights from $109.

Details: Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler.

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

The Fabulous Phoenix Fourth is one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the region, features three stages of live local entertainment, inflatable rides and activities in the Kids Zone, a “Hurricane Beach” area where participants can cool off, and a spectacular Patriotic Program complete with an F-16 flyover. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Visitors also can purchase food from more than 50 food and beverage vendors, and enjoy free community information booths and displays.

Details: Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free, 6-10pm.

Fourth of July All American Festival

The 29th annual July 4th celebration hosted by the city of Peoria is located in the main stadium and Mariners Practice Fields. Enjoy great entertainment on multiple stages. The event features a Kids Zone, Water Zone, Sonic Foot Long Hot Dog Eating Contest, plenty of family friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:15 pm. No alcohol or glass containers allowed into the event. Beer and concessions will be available for purchase.

Details: Peoria Sports Complex 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria. Admission is $5 (children 12 and under are free). Free parking.

Fourth of July Fireworks and BBQ at Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild will be hosting an Independence Day celebration event on Wednesday July 4, 2012. In addition to the park’s notorious slides and attractions, a firework display and an all-you-can-eat BBQ will be provided. The all-you-can-eat BBQ begins at 7pm with the purchase of a meal ticket. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm and is free with park admission.

Details: Wet ‘n’ Wild 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale.  Park admission is $29.99 for child and senior and $36.99 for adult, ages 2 and younger is free. BBQ meal ticket for 12+ is $11.99 and $9.99 for ages 3-11 and gold/season pass holders. $7 parking fee.  10am – 10pm.

Chandler Fireworks Spectacular 

The Chandler Lions Club and the City of Chandler will be celebrating Independence Day 2012 by hosting the yearly Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. This event will take place at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, AZ. Celebrate this 4th of July with live music, a free kid’s carnival, a bike parade, and a 35-ft water slide, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, and other various water games. Food and beverage vendors will also be present at the event.

Details: Tumbleweed Park 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. $5 per vehicle. 4-10:30pm.

8th Annual Red, White and Boom Community Fireworks

Enjoy a hot dog eating contest and music this Fourth of July at Ahwatukee Country Club. This event will also display veteran’s color guard and a kid’s area. Blankets and lawn chairs are needed for the 9pm firework show.

Details: Ahwatukee Country Club 12432 S. 48th Street, Phoenix. Free or tickets for an air-conditioned hospitality area are available for purchase.

Surprise Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate this Independence Day with a free game and firework display with a canned food donation. Gates open at 4:30pm while the Minor League Angels vs. Rangers game begins at 5:30pm. The fireworks display will take place after the game at approximately 8:30pm. Tickets will be available beginning June 4th at the Community and Recreation Services Office.

Details: Surprise Recreation Campus Stadium 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise. Free admission with a canned food donation.

July 4th Grill at the Mill

Grill at the Mill, come in for a tasty grilled Italian sausages topped with your choice of Red Onion and Fig, Sweet Red Pepper, or Peach tapenades. ($8.99)
Queen Creek Olive Mill has tripled the amount of our indoor seating for your air conditioned enjoyment. Try one of the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s beer flights featuring 6 of their own craft beers, or try the peach or watermelon ale for a little something different. A complimentary wine tasting will be hosted by Hinnant Family Vineyards from 11am to 3pm, tap your feet to the sounds of live jazz music in the grove, head in the store to do some shopping or stop by the gelato counter for a cool cup of delicious gelato.

Details: Queen Creek Olive Mill 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek.

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Kiwanis Club of Tempe 60th Annual Fireworks Spectacular will present the best fireworks show in the Valley shot from Mill Avenue bridge. The spectacular family night Fireworks Show will be choreographed to patriotic and classical music.

The main stage will be featuring great live local entertainment. The Fantastic Family Fest will offer a free inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls and more! Special kid’s entertainment, featuring face painters, relay races and other specialty entertainment

A great food court to satisfy the entire families’ taste buds featuring Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Macayo’s Depot Cantina, BBQ, Roasted Corn, Gyros, Fry Bread, Snow Cones, Ice Cream, Lemonade and lots of cold bottled water, Pepsi products plus a variety of other food vendors.

The event will also feature the Budweiser Beer Gardens.

Details: Tempe Beach Park 620 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe. Tickets will be on sale through July 4th at Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace for $6.00 each. See any cashier to purchase your tickets. Children 12 and under are free Tickets will be $8.00 at the gate or $15.00 for two. On site ticket sales will stop when the park reaches capacity.

A Star Spangled Shoot Out

A unique western style Independence Day Celebration awaits you at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass. Enjoy attractions and entertainment including, live music throughout town, strolling balloon artist, action packed performances, and aerial fireworks display.

Details: Rawhide 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Admission: $10 per person (ages 6 & up) $9 GRIC and Military Members Kids 5 years old and under are Free Admission cost includes Rawhide attractions & Aerial Fireworks Display.

Special Independence Day Performance

Celebrate Independence Day with acclaimed music/dance group Estun-Bah! Flutist Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan) is the 2011 World Hoop Dance Champion who recently gained national attention with his hoop moves at the 2012 Billboard Music Award and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Details: Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.

Fourth of July featuring Morgan Page

Join the W Scottsdale as they transform the wet deck into a poolside dance party featuring two time Grammy nominee and five time International Dance Music Award nominee Morgan Page for Fourth of July.  Finish the night with a spectacular fireworks show from W Scottsdale’s rooftop at 9 p.m. Call for your poolside cabana or daybed reservations.

Details: W Scottsdale 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale.

Great American Barbeque

Join the Maricopa community in the attempt to hold the World’s Largest Water Pistol Fight for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. 5,000 squirt guns will be provided for the event to beat the current champion that had 3,471 participants. This event will also have live entertainment and other activities including balloon fights, inflatable water slides and other games. Barbecue items and other food and beverage vendors will be available.

Details: Pacana Park 19000 N. Porter Road, Maricopa. Free, 5:30pm – 10pm.

4th of Zoo-ly Celebration

Spend this 4th of July enjoying a catered barbecue dinner on the lake side lawn of the Phoenix Zoo. Bring the whole family to participate in the Fourth Annual 4th of Zoo-ly celebration. The event includes face painting, bounce houses, animal discoveries and a VIP view of the Tempe fireworks. Guest will receive a free carousel ride and access to Stingray Bay. Make required reservations online or by phone.

Details: Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $40 admission, $35 for ages 3-12, free for 2 and younger. Call 602.914.4333.

Independence Day in Buckeye

Free admission, All-American eats and treats, family games, and an after dark spectacular firework show. Spend the day with family and friends at this old-fashioned independence celebration event. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket for the fireworks.

Details: Youngker High School 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye.

Fourth of July in Apache Junction

Spend this 4th of July with a day full of activities and events at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center. Join a co-ed volleyball tournament, go swimming and participate in water games and races.  There will also be activities to keep the younger guests entertained throughout the day. A firework show will be presented around 9pm.

Details: Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center 2525 S. Ironwood, Apache Junction.

Tolleson Fourth of July

Spend this patriotic holiday with waterslides, a flyover, food vendors and live entertainment by Unstoppable Band and Junction 10. Free admission, watermelon and water, plus parking and shuttle will be available.

Details: Tolleson Veterans Park 8601 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson. 4pm – 9:30pm.

Goodyear’s Star Spangled 4th

Stop by Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex this Independence Day to celebrate the holiday with water and inflatable activity zones, watch an F-16 flyover, or enjoy some live music. Admission and parking are free. Towards the end of the night relax and watch the firework show that is scheduled around 9:15p.m.

Details: Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. 6-10pm.

Fourth at the Fountain

Fourth at the Fountain features live music and entertainment including Aging Hipsters, AZ Blues Project, Arizona Skyhawks Parachute Team, and a spectacular nighttime parachute drop.  The event will also have hot-dog eating contest, bounce house, fun slide and dunk tank. Food and beverage vendors will be provided.

Details: Fountain Park 12925 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills. $5, ages 12 and under are free. 5-10pm.

Diamondbacks Fourth of July

Watch our Diamondbacks take on the San Diego Padres this 4th of July; the first 20,000 fans will receive a free stars and stripes T-shirt. Celebrate the holiday with a firework display after the game.

Details: Chase Field 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix. 6:40pm. Prices vary.