Get fired up this 4th of July with fireworks events around the Valley
NORTH VALLEY – Get ready to celebrate the United States with Independence Day activities around the Valley! Rides, food, music, and – of course – fireworks will be featured at events around the state.
In this 4th of July roundup, events in Anthem, Cave Creek, Phoenix, Fountain Hills, and Scottsdale are listed. Find out more about each event by contacting the organizer.
Happy Independence Day!
Anthem Independence Day Celebration
The annual Anthem Independence Day Celebration is set for Thursday, July 2 this year. The celebration is early this year so that families can enjoy the festivities and still have time to go out of town for the weekend if desired.
This year’s event will include rides, water slides, inflatables, live music and dancing, and festival food. The fireworks show is planned for 9:30 p.m. that night. Traveling stilt walkers will entertain the crowd throughout the park. Fun items glow products and temporary tattoos on sale at the park.
Admission and parking are free. Due to the large number of attendees, participants are encouraged to carpool and walk to the event, if possible. Anthem Way between Gavilan Peak Pkwy. and Independence Way will be restricted to one lane both eastbound and westbound. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. between Anthem Way and Memorial Way will be restricted to one lane both northbound and southbound. The ACC Community Center and the Community Center Parking Lot will close at 4 p.m. because it is the staging/fallout area for the fireworks display.
Purchase an ‘All-you-can-ride/bounce bracelet’ in advance at the Anthem Community Center during the month of June at a discounted rate of $12 each. Bracelets will be $15 the night of the event. Bracelets are non-refundable and non-transferable whether purchased in advance or the night of the event.
See more information online at http://onlineatanthem.com/independence-day-celebration.
Cave Creek 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Celebrate Independence Day early at one of the Valley’s biggest parties! Cave Creek’s ‘3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza’ takes place on Friday, July 3 and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, The Buffalo Chip Saloon, and the Roadhouse.
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 at sunset behind Harold's. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6 p.m. to midnight. Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association are also supporting the event as sponsors.
With the help of Rural Metro, the fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind Harold’s, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. At Harold’s and the Buffalo Chip, reserved seats are available for $10 for a two-top, $15 for a four-top and $30 for a 10-top.
Patrons 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.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 Buffalo Chip Saloon at (480) 488-9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com, or the Roadhouse at (480) 488-3300 or www.cavecreektaphaus.com.
Salute from the Shores of Lake Pleasant
The Salute from the Shores of Lake Pleasant at Pleasant Harbor July 3rd Fireworks Show and Event will take place on Friday, July 3, starting at 5 p.m.
Activities will include a kids’ zone with bounce houses, water slides, and a bungee ride. Live music will be provided by Mogollon, 7-11 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from Vista Point and will begin at 9 p.m.
Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. There will be food and drink vendors, as well as novelty vendors.
For entry fees and more details, see www.pleasantharbor.com.
Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix4th of July BBQ
On Saturday, July 4, Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix will host a fireworks show, beginning at 9:30p.m. The Red Rock Ravine Picnic area will be open for seating and will be the best viewing area. Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix will be hosting an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ dinner. Meal tickets are available to purchase online and at Guest Services; it is recommended to purchase meals in advance since seating is limited.
For prices, tickets, and more details, see www.wetnwildphoenix.com.
Phoenix Zoo 4th of Zooly
Join the Phoenix Zoo on July 4, 7-10 p.m., for the 4th of Zooly. Fun activities, exclusive access to the zoo, and a special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks show is on the agenda for the night. A barbecue dinner from Andrew’s Catering will be available. Free carousel rides, face painting, special animal guests, and more activities are planned.
Seating will be available in the back of the zoo. Guests do not need to bring chairs.Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the BBQ dinner and the fireworks show, as well as cool treats for the kids. Not all zoo trails will be accessible; animal viewing will be limited. For pricing and more details, see http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/4th-zooly/.
Fountain Hills Fourth at the Fountain
Join the Town of Fountain Hills, Amvets Post #7, and Elks Club for a star-spangled 4th of July celebration in Fountain Park.
Festivities will include live entertainment, a live parachuting demonstration, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, face painting and airbrush tattoos, a beer garden, food and beverages, and a fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. Events will take place at the Fountain park, featuring the famous fountain. The fun starts at 5 p.m.
See event details on Facebook at Facebook.com – search Fourth at the Fountain.
Celebrate Independence Day with a weekend of events at Butterfly Wonderland. Activities run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5.
Activities will include photo ops with red, white, and blue butterflies in the atrium, face painting, keeper talks from curators, live music by local guitarist and vocalist Lee Perriera, and visits by the new Butterfly Princess, Miss Antoinette. Food trucks will be on-site 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Guests wearing red, white and blue will receive 10 percent off admission.For more information, call (480) 800-3000, or visit the Website at www.butterflywonderland.com.