GUIDE: Celebrate the Fourth of July at these Phoenix-area events

East Valley residents can choose from any number of Fourth of July events.

East Valley residents can choose from any number of Fourth of July events.

The hot weather should not keep you from celebrating Independence Day. The Phoenix area has many options, both outdoor and indoor, to enjoy the holiday. Here is where you can relax and watch the fireworks this summer:

Gilbert

The town of Gilbert is hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration at Higley High School.

When: 6-9 p.m., fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert.
Price: free
Parking: free at Higley High School; additional free parking and viewing at Centennial Elementary School, Legacy Traditional Academy, Higley Unified School District, as well as where signs are placed along Recker and Pecos roads
Activities: food trucks
Road restrictions: Pecos from Ranch House Parkway to Recker Road as well as Recker from Pecos to Williams Field Road will be closed from 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Website: www.gilbertaz.gov

Chandler

The city of Chandler is hosting its July 4th Fireworks Spectacular,” produced by R-Entertainment, at Tumbleweed Park.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Where: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler.
Price: free
Parking: $5 per vehicle, cash only; parking entrances are located at Hamilton Street and Germann Road, and McQueen Road and Celebration Way.
Activities: music from Riviera Broadcasting’s DJs, sand volleyball, cornhole, Arizona State Fair activities including a patriotic coloring station and photo booth, and more
Road restrictions: ongoing closures, none specific to Fourth of July celebrations
Website: www.chandleraz.gov

Queen Creek

Your Hometown 4th returns to the place it began at Schnepf Farms for a fireworks show in Queen Creek.

When: 4-9 p.m.
Where: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
Price: $20 general admission, $45 VIP
Parking: general admission parking entrances off of Riggs and Rittenhouse roads; VIP parking off of Cloud Road
Activities: live music from DJs, local vendor marketplace, food trucks, and beer and wine garden; barbecue dinner included with VIP ticket
Road restrictions: ongoing closures, none specific to Fourth of July celebrations
Website: https://schnepffarms.com

Tempe

All proceeds from the Tempe Town Lake Festival will benefit Kiwanis Club of Tempe, an organization that supports local children and youth organizations.

When: 5-10:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
Where: Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Price: $7-$10
Parking: $10-$20; parking available at First Solar Garage, TCA lot, Hayden Ferry Garage, ADP Garage, ASU Lot 59, City Hall Garage, Brickyard Garage, Chase Garage and CenterPoint Garage
Activities: live performances from The Big Zephyr, Donovan and the All Stars, and The “TNT” Band, food court and a free inflatable village with a variety of rides and attractions
Road restrictions: Rio Salado Parkway from Hardy Drive to Mill Avenue, Mill Avenue from University Drive to Rio Salado Parkway, and Mill Avenue from Washington/Curry Street and 5th Street
Website: http://tempe4th.com/

Scottsdale

Enjoy the celebrations indoors at Scottdale’s Fourth of July celebration at Westworld, presented by Plexus.

When: 4-9:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Where: Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.
Price: $15-$35
Parking: $5 (cash only)
Activities: “Fortnite 4th experience,” including "Fortnite" pro gamer playing live and battle royale laser tag, stunt dog show, various rides, petting zoo, and more
Road restrictions: ongoing closures, none specific to Fourth of July celebrations
Website: http://www.scottsdale4th.com/

Mesa

Mesa is celebrating its 10th annual 4th of July Celebration of Freedom event at Mesa Amphitheatre and Convention Center complex.

When: 6-10 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Amphitheatre/Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa
Price: free
Parking: free parking available in all lots and on-street parking areas in downtown Mesa
Activities: Live performances from The Hamptons, Shallow Water, Sophie Dorsten, and more, BMX stunt show, free carnival and picnic style games, a beer garden, and more
Road restrictions: Center Street from University to First Street, Third Place from Center Street to Hibbert, and Hibbert from University to Second Street.
Website: http://arizonacelebrationoffreedom.com/

Phoenix

The city of Phoenix is hosting its 34th annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th at Steele Indian School Park.

When: 6-10 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Price: free
Parking: no vehicle entrance or public parking; pedestrian entrances located at Central Avenue and Glenrosa Avenue, Third Street and Indian School Road, and Seventh Street just north of Turney Avenue
Activities: two stages with musical acts and entertainers, food vendors, interactive exhibits, vintage car show and a “Kid’s World” featuring various rides and activities
Road restrictions: North Seventh Street from East Highland Avenue to East Indian School Road, East Indian School Road from North Seventh Street to North Central Avenue, and North Central Avenue from East Indian School Road to West Campbell Avenue
Website: www.phoenix.gov


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