Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fireworks in the Valley of the Sun 2014

Do you know where you are going to be on the Fourth of July? Here is a round-up of events going on in the Valley of the Sun. Check out the list of events in Greater AZ here.

Writing and images by Marily

Central

Phoenix
There are a couple of fireworks shows that will happen in Phoenix before the 4th. After Dark in the Park is a free family festival held at Deer Valley Park on Saturday, June 28th starting at 7:00 PM. Inflatables, food vendors, and a fireworks show. Thursday, July 3rd is Light Up the Sky Celebration at Maryvale Baseball Park beginning at 6:30 PM. Bounce houses, games and activities, and fireworks. The big Phoenix event is of course the Fabulous Phoenix 4th from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Steel Indian School Park. There will be a kids' ride zone, splash zone, classic cars, patriotic exhibits, and of course fireworks. All of these Phoenix events are free.

Scottsdale
Scottsdale's 4th of July at Westworld starts at 2:00 PM on July 4th. This event is in a huge indoor air-conditioned space so you may be a little more comfortable paying more to go to this party. Admission is $10, or $5 for Scottsdale residents, with kids 6 and under free. Sesame Street Adventure, Lego race track, BMX shows, and more. Wristbands for the indoor amusement park are an additional fee, plus there is a parking fee, even if you just go to watch the fireworks.

Anthem
The Independence Day Celebration happens on July 3rd from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at ACC Community Park. Free admission $12 for wristbands to do inflatables, water slides, and rides.

Ahwatukee
Red White and Boom is Thursday, July 3rd from 5:00 - 10:00 PM at the Ahwatukee Country Club. Kids zone, vendors, and fireworks at 9:00 PM.

East

Tempe
Tempe 4th is at Tempe Beach Park starting at 5:00 PM on July 4th. Admission is $5 pre-sale or $8 at the gate with kids 12 and under free. Look for a food court, inflatables for the kids, and live music. Fireworks shoot over Tempe Town Lake around 9:15 PM and go for a good 30 minutes or more.

Fountain Hills
Head to Fountain Hills to get a nice fireworks show without the crazy crowds at some other cities. Fourth at the Fountain is Friday, July 4th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM and includes bounce houses, food vendors, and fireworks at 9:00. Ages 20 and under are free, 21 and over are $5/person.

Chandler
Chandler's Fourth of July Celebration happens on Friday, July 4th from 4:00 - 10:30 PM at Tumbleweed Park. Live music, bike parade, and more. $5 parking. Fireworks at 9:30 PM.

Mesa
Arizona Celebration of Freedom is a free event in downtown Mesa on July 4, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Look for a patriotic car show, lots of music, Revolutionary War reenactments, inflatables,a splash zone, and lots of stuff for kids as well as some great and meaningful patriotic displays and areas. The location has moved a bit since last year so make sure to check the map.

Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Living Word Bible Church in Mesa is also hosting fireworks. The show starts at 9:00 PM

Gilbert
Fire in the Sky is held at Central Christian Church. Event begins at 6:00 PM, fireworks go off at 9:00. Music and food vendors, as well as a couple other viewing areas if you'd rather stay near your car.

Queen Creek
Central Christian is hosting the show at Schnepf Farms this year. Gates open at 6:00 PMon July 4th. There will be a few games and food trucks.  The fireworks will start about 9:00 PM. $10 a carload or 10 cans of food.

Apache Junction
Hometown Fireworks Celebration held at AJHS football stadium from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Smaller crowds, free family event, and fireworks.

West

Peoria
All-American Festival at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, July 4th starting at 5:00 PM. Admission is $5/person, children 12 and under are free. Lots of fun is to be had here: a couple of water play areas, kids areas, a few stages with bands, and more.

Buckeye
The Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration starts at 6:00 PM at Youngker High. Fireworks at 9:00 PM.

Surprise
The 4th of July Celebration is a rookie league baseball game and fireworks show at Suprise Stadium. Free admission with canned food donation. Games starts at 5:30 with fireworks after the game.

That is quite a lot of options, and actually not even complete! I have done my best to gather this information and hope it's all accurate, but please do your homework before you head out somewhere.

Check out the list of fireworks in the surrounding parts of AZ here and check back to this list for updates as I add more cities to the list.

Know of an event not on our list? Leave a comment below so I can add it.

Where is your favorite place to go for the 4th? Let us know in the comments or on our I Heart AZ Friends page.
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