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Fireworks and fun: Independence Day celebrations planned around the Valley


NORTH VALLEY – Independence Day is just around the corner! Get ready for fireworks and fun at multiple events around the Valley.


Anthem Independence Day Celebration

Anthem will hold its 17th annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3 in the Anthem Community Park. The popular event includes wet and dry rides/inflatables, food vendors, DJ/dancing, fireworks, and more. Anthem’s Independence Day celebration has become a north valley tradition, and over 20,000 people attend the annual festivities. The celebration is sponsored by BrightView Landscapes, LLC.

Anthem’s Lianna Teruel has been selected to perform the National Anthem at the celebration. Teruel will sing just before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks launch. 

Wristbands for riding the slides are on sale now at the Anthem Community Center for an early-bird price of $12 during the month of June. Wristbands will also be available for purchase at the event for $15 each. Wristbands are non-refundable and non-replaceable.

Residents and guests are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages; a Food Court and Rotary Beer Garden will also be available. Visitors may bring lawn chairs or blankets to the park for the event.

The July 3 event runs 6-10 p.m., with the fireworks finale scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

For details on parking and more information, see OnlineAtAnthem.com/independence-day.


Cave Creek

Cave Creek 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Cave Creek’s spectacular 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza will be taking place at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.; Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd.; and The Horny Toad, 6738 E Cave Creek Rd., all in Cave Creek.

The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5 p.m. with live music, kids’ activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants, and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin after sunset behind Harold's. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6 p.m.-12 p.m. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. Musical guests Hillbilly Deluxe and Desert Dixie will be playing live at Harold’s Corral, Poppy and the Usual Suspects will perform at Roadhouse, and The Horny Toad will feature Cave Creek Legends Band.

At Harold’s Corral, reserved seats outside are available for $15 for a two-top, $20 for a four-top, and $35 for a 10-top. While admission is free at Harold’s, it does not include game zone activities or food. Harold’s outside bar and BBQ will be cash only, and ATMs will be onsite. Guests to Harold’s also can help the Foothills Food Bank by donating canned goods or money, and those making a donation that night will be entered to win a prize.

Guests can bring lawn chairs to The Horny Toad for optimal viewing on their patio. The Roadhouse, which recently opened a larger outside patio, is also hosting a special ‘Freedom Fest’ event from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., featuring a variety of vendors in their parking lot. Magic Bird Festivals will host its first-ever Freedom Treasure Fest show here and will be showcasing an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry and accessories, re-purposed home decor, original art, Native American crafts, holiday themed goods, and more. The Freedom Treasure Fest kicks off Magic Bird’s new seven-show, Cave Creek series that will continue into the spring of 2017. For more details on the Magic Bird show, see carefreeazfestivals.com or call (480) 488-2014.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association join these local restaurants in sponsoring this special celebration. Guests are encouraged to take a staycation and spend the weekend exploring the many shops, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants in the area. Carefree Resort & Conference Center is offering discounted room rates for the holiday weekend starting at $89 Friday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 5, a breakfast buffet for $13.95, and an hourly shuttle for guests. Discounted room rates are subject to availability. For more details, call (480) 488-5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

For more information about the 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza, contact Harold's Corral at (480) 488-1906 or www.haroldscorral.com, the Roadhouse at (480) 488-3300 or www.hideawayroadhouse.com, or The Horny Toad at (480) 488-9542 or www.thehornytoad.com.



Salute from the Shores of Lake Pleasant

Pleasant Harbor and Maricopa Water District will host a Fourth of July Fireworks show on July 3. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. and activities running until 11 p.m.

Salute from the Shores of Lake Pleasantwill take place on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant and will include food vendors, free activities for the kids, including water slides, bounce houses, and Euro trampoline bungee, as well as a DJ, all leading up to the main attraction: a dramatic lakeside fireworks show. 

The admission fee is $15 per vehicle, with coolers and lawn chairs always welcome. Pleasant Harbor is the closest destination and entrance to Lake Pleasant, located off Carefree Highway and 87th Ave., 8708 W. Harbor Boulevard, in Peoria.

For more information about the Lake Pleasant fireworks show or Pleasant Harbor, call 1(800) 475-3272 or (928) 501-LAKE (5253) or visit www.pleasantharbor.com.



After Dark In The Park

Get started celebrating Independence Day this weekend at After Dark In The Park, to be held Saturday, June 25, 7-9 p.m., with fireworks at approximately 8:45 p.m. The event will be held at the Deer Valley Park, located at 19602 N. 19th Ave.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. After Dark In The Park will include live entertainment, a fun zone for kids, food trucks, and community resource booths.  The highlight of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks display that will launch at approximately 8:45 p.m.

For more information, call (602) 495-3735.


Fabulous Phoenix 4th

Celebrate Independence Day at downtown Phoenix’s Fabulous Phoenix 4th. The 31st annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. Activities run 6-10 p.m. on July 4, with fireworks scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m.

This free family event annually attracts 100,000-plus participants. Included in this year's event will be two stages featuring local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverages, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids World. 

‘Fabulous Phoenix 4th’ will be held at the Steele Indian School Park, located at 3rd St. and Indian School Rd.

For more details, see www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4.