Don’t risk your life by climbing onto your roof to catch fireworks on the Fourth of July. There is something for everyone, so celebrate Independence day this year at one (or more) of the many events going on this week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
Harold’s Corral Third of July Fireworks
If you live in the Cave Creek area be sure to catch Harold’s free fireworks show on Tuesday, July 3. Don’t miss an outdoor barbecue with live music inside and out, face painting, shaved ice and a mobile game truck for the kids.
Open seating is free, reserved seating is $5-$20. 6895 E Cave Creek Road
Details: haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906
Independence Day Music Festival
Country music superstars Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker co-headline the annual festival, which will feature Edens Edge. This festival includes a pre- and post-party with food, beverages, and music along with a fireworks display on the Colorado Rockies practice fields after the concert.
When: 3 pm pre-party, 5:30 pm concert and 10:30 fireworks Tuesday July 3
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Salt River Reservation
Admission: $22-$89, free admission for children who sit on laps. Fireworks viewing is free with $10 parking
Details: 480-270-5000, saltriverfields.com
Freedom Wireless Fabulous Fourth
This is one of the region’s largest free Independence Day celebrations and will feature the biggest fireworks display in its 26 year history. The focus is on family fun, with inflatable rides, more than 50 food and beverage vendors, and three stages of local entertainment. Everyone can enjoy the classic car exhibit, a “Hurricane Beach” area to cool off and a spectacular patriotic program with an F-16 flyover. This event is accessible via the light rail.
When: 6-10 pm, with 9:30 fireworks, Thursday, July 4.
Where: Steele Indian School Park, Third Street and Indian School Road, Phx
Details: 602-534-FEST or phoenix.gov/parks/fabphx4.html
July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
Grab your blanket and head to Tempe Beach Park for live entertainment, including rock, pop and reggae. After working up a sweat in the inflatable village and rock wall at the Family Fun Fest, get a cool-down at the Azcentral.com splash playground. The food court will feature uly 4 fare, while those 21 and older can enjoy the Budweiser Beer Gardens. The main attraction is a fireworks show from the Mill Avenue Bridge, choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Arrive early for a good spot on the lawn.
When: Gates open at 5 p.m., with 9:20 fireworks, Wednesday, July 4.
Where: 80 W Rio Salado Parkway.
Admission: In advance: $5 at select Tempe outlets; $6 Valley-wide at Fry’s. Day of event: $8 or two for $15. Children younger than 12 admitted free. VIP Garden tickets: $60 for adults, $30 for children 5-12.
Details: 480-350-5189, tempe4th.com.
These are just a few of the offerings around town. There is not excuse not to go out and have a good time this July 4th. Happy Independence Day!