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It’s that time again! Independence Day is a week away, and all across the Phoenix area, fireworks displays will be lighting up the night.
I’ve attempted to collect information of Fourth of July fireworks shows in Phoenix and the surrounding area all into one place. I may have missed something (please let me know!), and it is important to double-check with the appropriate venue as to exact times, places and costs. Check the dates carefully! As with last year, due to the 4th of July being near a weekend, some municipalities and venues are having their fireworks shows on the 2nd or 3rd. It would kind of suck to show up on July fourth, only to find you missed the show by a day or two!
Enjoy the fireworks shows, drive safely, and be sure to hydrate — it’s going to be wicked hot…
Phoenix and Tempe Fireworks – The BIG Shows
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth 2011
Where: Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Rd.
When: July 4, 2011 from 6pm – 10pm
Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Tempe Town Lake Festival
Where: Tempe Town Lake in downtown Tempe, Arizona
When: July 4, 2011. Gates open at 4:00pm
Admission: 12 and under are free. Military with ID are free. Advance tickets sold at Fry’s stores for $6. $8 at gate (two for $15) until sold out.
Tempe 4th of July Festival
Both of these events are very accessible via Light Rail and gather huge crowds. Trust me, rail it. Details on the fabulous RailLife Blog.
East Valley Fireworks
Ahwatukee – Red, White and Boom Community Fireworks Celebration
Where: Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th Street
When: July 3, 2011. Gates open at 6:00pm.
Apache Junction – 4th of July Hometown Fireworks Celebration
Where: Apache Junction HS Football Stadium, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr.
When: July 4, 2011. Opens at 6:00pm
Chandler – Chandler’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Tumbleweed Park, on the Southwest corner of Germann & McQueen roads
When: July 4, 2011. 4:00pm – 10:30pm.
Admission: Free. Parking $5
Chandler – A Star Spangled Shoot Out at Rawhide
Where: Rawhide. 5700 W. Tham Yog North Loop Road
When: July 4, 2011. 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: $10. 5 and under free.
Gilbert – Gilbert’s Fire in the Sky
Where: Central Christian Church (with two alternate viewing locations, see website link above)
When: July 4, gates open at 6:00pm
Admission: Non-perishable food item donations.
Mesa – Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Where: Downtown Mesa
When: July 2, 2011. 6:00pm – 10:00pm (events are also the evening of July 1, but I don’t *think* there are fireworks that night)
Scottsdale – W Scottsdale Celebrates
Where: 7277 East Camelback Road
When: July 4, 2011. 8:00pm – 2:00am
Admission: Unknown… tickets not on sale yet that I could find. Try calling the hotel at 480-970-2100
Scottsdale – Salt River Fields Independence Day Music Festival
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
When: July 3, 2011. Gates open at 5:00pm
Admission: Tickets start at $18.50
Queen Creek – Queen Creek’s 4th of July Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration
Where: Schnepf Farms, 22601 E. Cloud Rd
When: July 4, 2011. 5:00pm – 10:00pm.
Admission: $10 per carload
West Valley Fireworks
Avondale – no event scheduled.
Buckeye – Buckeye’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Where: Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road
When: July 4, 2011. Gates open at 6pm.
Glendale – no event scheduled.
Goodyear – Goodyear’s Star Spangled Fourth
Where: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way
When: July 4, 2011 Gates open at 6:00pm
Peoria – Lake Pleasant Celebration & Fireworks
Where: Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant. 8708 W. Harbor Blvd.
When: July 3, 2011 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: Free. Parking $10.
Peoria – All American Festival
Where: Peoria Sports Complex, Mariners Practice Field and Peoria Stadium
When: July 4, 2011. 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: $5 for 13 and up. 12 and under free.
Surprise – Surprise’s Annual July 4th Celebration
Where: Surprise Recreation Campus at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue
When: July 4, 2011. 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Admission: Free with donation of canned food item. First 10,000 ticketed fans only.
Other Locations In and Near Phoenix
Anthem – Anthem Independence Day Celebration
Where: Anthem Community Park Ball Fields
When: July 2, 2011. 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
Casa Grande – Casa Grande 4th of July Family Fun Day
Where: Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N Rodeo Rd.
When: July 4, 2011. 7:30pm
Cave Creek – Cave Creek’s Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Where: Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road
When: July 3, 2011. 5:00pm – 11:30pm
Admission: Free. Reservations required.
Litchfield Park – Freedom Festival, Great American Picnic and Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Wigwam Resort
When: July 3, 2011. 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: $15 for adults. $7 ages 5 –12. Five and under free. Stay packages available.
Maricopa – Great American Barbecue
Where: Pacana Park. On Porter Road, approximately ¼ mile south of Honeycutt Road
When: July 4, 2011. 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Maryvale – Light Up the Sky in Maryvale
Where: Maryvale Baseball park
When: July 1, 2011. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
For more information call the City of Phoenix at 602 262-6575
Phoenix Zoo – 4th of Zoo-ly Celebration at the Phoenix Zoo
Where: The Phoenix Zoo
When: July 4, 2011. Starts at 7:00pm
Admission: $40 for 13 and up. $35 ages 3 – 12. Two and under free.
Wickenburg – Wickenburg Fireworks & Family Fun Celebration
Where: Sunset Park on West Wickenburg Way
When: July 3, 2011. 7:00pm – 9:00pm
For more information call the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce at 928-684-5479
Whew. Compiling this list is a pain in the ass. Hopefully you’ve found what you are looking for. I’m sure I missed some events. Again, please confirm details with the specific event. Three years ago some really pissed off lady called and said I’d wrecked her kids Fourth of July due to “bad information” on my site. I don’t throw the fireworks shows folks. Things change, typos are made, such is life. Confirm before you commit. Do it for the children.
Have fun, be safe, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S of A!!
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