June 29, 2012
There are dozens of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Phoenix – with celebrations starting as early as June 30th, you can get plenty of celebrating in before the Fourth. A few of our favorite area celebrations include the following events:
Future Eastmark residents will love the Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom in Downtown Mesa. This free event kicks off before Independence Day on June 29-30 and includes a family fun zone, beer gardens, food booths, music, and a wet zone where families can cool off. A High Octane Car Show will feature classic, custom, hot-rod and lowrider cars. The Cox Freedom Plaza will be jam packed with things to see including the Fallen Heroes Memorial, the world’s largest Lego American Flag (previously seen at Centerpoint on Mill!) and Childsplay’s “Rock the Presidents.” This exciting evening wraps up with a fireworks show.
Learn more: azcelebrationoffreedom.org/
Verrado and Marley Park residents can celebrate the Fourth at the Surprise 30th Annual 4th of July Celebration with a minor league game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels at the Surprise Recreation Campus. A fireworks show to patriotic music will start at 8:30 pm. Admission is free to the first 10,000 fans with a canned-food donation to benefit local food banks.
Learn more: surpriseaz.gov
Or if live in Marley Park, enjoy the Star-Spangled Celebration Pool Party and Pie Baking Contest. The day kicks off with a Celebration Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-10:00 at the Heritage Club, where Marley Park’s own Isabelle Hunsaker will be singing the National Anthem and residents can enjoy the Pool Party from 6:30-9:30 pm or can participate in or watch the Star-Spangled Celebration Community Parade that kicks off at 6:15 pm at 153rd and Valentine.
Learn more: facebook.com/marleypark
For those at Verrado, don’t miss the Spirit of Independence Celebration! This event features fun, food, a children’s bike parade, and, of course, fireworks! It’s also a special day for the Verrado community to share its gratitude for the men and women who serve our country. For all the photographers out there, be sure to capture some fun Fourth of July moments for Verrado’s Spirit of Independence TM Photo Contest!
Learn more: facebook.com/verrado
Those who will be at or near Centerpoint on Mill should check out the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival for live entertainment, including an inflatable village and rock wall at the Family Fun Fest and a splash playground. The event has plenty of tasty July 4th fare and those 21 and older can enjoy the Budweiser Beer Gardens. And, of course, the main event is fireworks over Tempe Town Lake, choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Admission is $5 in advance at select Tempe outlets, or $8 day of (or two for $15).
Learn more: tempe4th.com
A great free event for Phoenix residents is After Dark in the Park on June 30th from 7-9 pm in Deer Valley Park. With food vendors, live music, and bouncy houses for the kids, this event features a great fireworks show that kicks off at 8:45. Don’t forget a blanket and picnic basket!
Learn more: phoenix.gov/parks/fabphx4.html
For those in Scottsdale, the Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields features country music superstars Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker who are co-headlining the annual festival. The festival also includes a pre-and post-party with food, beverages, and a fireworks display. Admission is $22-$89 for the concert and the fireworks show at 10:30 is free with $10 parking.
Learn more: saltriverfields.com