Let freedom ring! As we saw 4th of July celebrations and firework displays canceled last year, Americans are more than ever looking forward to celebrating America’s Independence Day. Fireworks are scheduled to light the skies next month and cities across the Valley have a variety of planned Fourth of July festivities.
This year, there is a mix of experiences with some events being drive-in and in person. Buckeye, Chandler, and Mesa will have drive-in events, Scottsdale is offering both drive-in and in-person, and Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Goodyear, Peoria, Surprise will have traditional in-person events.
For those looking for the annual traditional celebrations in Tempe and Phoenix, take note. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe will not be hosting its event at Tempe Town Lake this year. In addition, the City of Phoenix has a “pause” in place on special events at city parks.
JULY 3 EVENTS
Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Anthem Community Park, 41703 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, AZ 85086
There will be rides, water slides, music and dancing, festival food, and a beer garden. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. The event is free, there will be cost for food, drink, and some activities.
Mesa’s Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Event opens at 7 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m
Fiesta Mall, 1425 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa AZ 85202
Mesa will host this event with an “abundance of caution” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Restrooms will be available for use, however no food or drink vendors will be on-site.
Celebrate America 2021 – Lake Pleasant Fireworks
$20 per vehicle, $50 for vehicles, trailers, and boats
5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Pleasant Harbor, 8708 W. Harbor Boulevard, Peoria AZ 85383
Pleasant Harbor invites all out to the lake for yearly Fourth of July event. There will be food trucks, kids activities, water slides, bounce houses, live music, and fireworks.
JULY 4 EVENTS
Buckeye’s Independence Day Celebration
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Buckeye Airport, 3000 S. Palo Verde Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326
Buckeye’s Fourth of July fireworks will be a drive-in/tailgate-style event. There will be food trucks, vendors, music, and fireworks. The parking lot will open at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 8:45 p.m.
Chandler July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
Parking passes are $5
Parking lot opens at 7 p.m.
Fireworks start at 9 p.m
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S McQueen Road, Chandler, AZ 85286
Chandler will host a drive-in Independence Day fireworks show on July 4th. There will be a grassy area to watch the fireworks, food trucks, and vendors will be available.
Fourth at the Fountain
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills AZ 85268
Fountain Hills’ Independence Day event will be at the iconic water fountain. There will be live music from Rock Lobster and food vendors, will be available. People are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and food.
Gilbert 4th of July Celebration
5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.
Gilbert Regional Park, 3005 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert AZ 85298
This year’s Fourth of July fireworks show will have live music, food trucks, and fireworks. Parking is limited.
Goodyear Star Spangled Fourth
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way Goodyear AZ 85338
Goodyear’s Fourth of July fireworks show will feature live music, family activities, and bounce houses. Attendees can watch from inside the stadium or from their vehicles in the parking lot.
Peoria’s All-American Festival
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria AZ 85382
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will be the headline performers at the American Festival. The event will feature family-friendly entertainment, concessions, and fireworks. There is a VIP experience with a buffet, private restrooms, and air-conditioning that people can purchase.
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld
Tickets to the BBQ are $18-$36 per person
Parking on the polo field is $36 per vehicle
$21 per vehicle for the general lot
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
In Scottsdale, there will be three ways to watch the fireworks this year: an indoor, in-person BBQ with games, live music, and premium seating; a large parking spot on the polo field where people can bring their own chairs, blankets, food and drink; or a smaller viewing area from the parking lot.
Surprise 4th of July Celebration
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fireworks to start at 8:40 p.m.
Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise AZ 85374
Surprise’s free event will have live music, food trucks, and evening fireworks.