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To celebrate America’s 241st birthday, the Valley boasts more than two dozen events that offer food, games, music and dazzling fireworks displays. Click an icon on the map below to learn more, or read on for a list of events by city.

Anthem

Independence Day Celebration

This annual Anthem event offers food, water slides, rides, inflatables, music and dancing, and a fantastic fireworks finale. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m., and you can bring blankets and chairs.

Where: Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
When: Monday, July 3, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, some paid activities
More info: www.onlineatanthem.com

Apache Junction

4th of July Event

Enjoy an evening that includes free watermelon, game booths, a range of kids activities, and live music. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center there will be the Fourth of July Volleyball Tournament and plenty of fun swim activities. Click here to learn more.

Where: Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.ajcity.net

Buckeye

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Go old fashioned at this annual Buckeye event. It features family-friendly activities, “All-American” food and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Where: Youngker High School, 3000 S., Apache Rd., Buckeye
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, some paid activities
More info: www.buckeyeaz.gov

Cave Creek

The Fourth on the First

Celebrate Independence Day early at Frontier Town. The West Lot gets a makeover that includes mechanical bull riding, a kids water zone, a dunk tank, games, food, drink and live music. Naturally, there will be fireworks.

Where: Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek
When: Saturday, July 1, 4 p.m. to Midnight
Cost: Free
More info: frontiertownaz.com

Cave Creek Fireworks

Several businesses in Cave Creek, including The Horny Toad and Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, teamed up to provide one of the largest fireworks shows in the Valley. They also host music from local bands, activities and lots of food.

Where:
The Horny Toad, 6738 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 
When: Monday, July 3, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with reservations, Paid reserved seating
More info: haroldscorral.comcavecreeklive.com

Chandler

Red, White & Rawhide

Join in the fun at the 5th annual celebration at Rawhide. Experience a live-action stunt show, rides, live music and other attractions, including a massive fireworks display. The Steakhouse will serve up a special buffet that offers steak, St. Louis Ribs, a chili bar, a dessert station and more yummy goodness. The first-come, first-serve buffet costs $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids.

Where: Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler
When: Saturday, July , 4 p.m. to close
Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the gate. Free for 5 and under. $10 parking.
More info: rawhide.com

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy a long list of activities, including laser tag, video games, a football kick and throw challenge, and plenty more fun for all ages. Throughout the event, People Who Can Fly and Blaine Long will provide the live music. Then the fireworks spectacular will launch at 9 p.m.

Where: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler
When: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 parking, paid activities
More info: chandleraz.gov/4thofjuly

Fountain Hills

Fourth at the Fountain

Join the extravaganza in Fountain Hills that includes music from DJ Steve Grosz, bounce houses, a climbing wall and food trucks. At 9 p.m., fireworks will explode over Fountain Lake, home of the famous Fountain.

Where: Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.experiencefountainhills.org

Gilbert

4th of July Celebration

Enjoy music, food trucks and a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the big moment.

Where: Higley High School, 4068 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert (and additional viewing sites)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: gilbertaz.gov/July4th

Glendale

Wet ‘n’ Wild

In honor of Independence Day, Wet ‘n’ Wild finishes the day on July 3 with a fireworks show. Also, from July 1-4, all active and retired U.S. military and first responders get in free with a valid ID, and up to six family or friends get in half price.

Where: Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale
When: Monday, July 3, 9 p.m.
Cost: Park admission ($31.99-$34.99 adults, $29.99-$32.99 children under 42 inches and seniors, Free for children 2 and under)
More info: wetnwildphoenix.com

Westgate Firework Fest

Westgate Entertainment District puts on a show at Fountain Park and WaterDance Plaza. Live music from a DJ and bands Club Country and The Instant Classics will happen on two stages. Activities include games, prizes and fun in the splash pad. Area restaurants will offer special dining deals and there will be an open-air beer garden. The fireworks kick off at 9 p.m.; bring blankets and chairs.

Where: Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
When: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.westgateaz.com/america

Goodyear

Star Spangled 4th

For the Fourth, Goodyear Ballpark hosts a range of entertainments from inflatable waterslides, Nathan’s hot dog eating contest and cornhole to live music by the Groove Merchants and the Uptown Alley Battle Ball Challenge. Don’t forget the 20-minute fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m.

Where: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, some paid attractions
More info: www.goodyearbp.com

Litchfield Park

Red, White and Boom!

The historic Wigwam resort hosts a Fourth of July spectacular that includes a live DJ and a Kids’ Zone that offers bounce houses and water slides. Don’t forget the fireworks.

Where: Patriot Course of The Wigwam Golf Course, 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, $10 for unlimited rides at the Kids’ Zone
More info: wigwamarizona.com

Maricopa

Great American 4th

The town of Maricopa hosts a evening bash that includes music from Laura Walsh and Outside the Line, an appearance by the Maricopa Police Honor Guard, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Family activities include games, water inflatables, contests, and food vendors.

Where: Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Maricopa
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 for Kids Zone, $15 for pool access
More info: www.maricopa-az.gov

Mesa

Arizona Celebration of Freedom

For Independence Day, Mesa goes all out. In addition to music from the 108th Army Band and local artists, it offers a range of patriotic shows and activities. Watch the Salute to America program, witness a Revolutionary War reenactment, see the Historic Flags of the U.S. presentation, attend a naturalization ceremony and more.

In addition, there is a Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone that offers plenty of games, and a Celebration Splash Zone. You can also enjoy food and a beer garden. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free, Some paid activities
More info: azcelebrationoffreedom.org

Peoria

Celebrate America!

Hang out by Lake Pleasant for an afternoon and evening of music, food, free kids activities and fireworks. The fireworks take place at 9 p.m., but there’s plenty of fun before and after.

Where: Pleasant Harbor, 40202 N 87th Ave., Peoria
When: Monday, July 3, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: $6 parking
More info: www.pleasantharbor.com

All-American Festival

Spend the evening enjoying a Water Zone, a Kids Zone, food-eating contests, a cornhole tournament, food vendors and plenty of live entertainment. Then the fireworks kick off at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
When: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 before June 29, $10 after and at the gate, Free for kids under 12
More info: peoriasportscomplex.com

Phoenix

After Dark in the Park

Get a big jump on the Independence Day festivities at Deer Valley Park on Saturday, June 24. There will food trucks, live entertainment, an inflatable fun zone for kids and more. The evening ends with a fireworks display at 8:45 p.m..

Where: Deer Valley Park, 19602 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix
When: Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.phoenix.gov (then scroll down)

Desert Ridge Fireworks

Watch a spectacular fireworks show as you enjoy shaved ice, snowcones, hot dogs and other treats. Bring chairs or blankets.

Where: Reach 11 Sports Complex, 2425 E. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix
When: Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: desertridgelifestyles.com

Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

Show up for the Diamondback’s home game against the Rockies and stay for a post-game fireworks show. The first 20,000 fans also get a patriotic t-shirt.

Where: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
When: Saturday, July 1, 7:10 p.m.
Cost: $19-$250
More info: arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com

Light up the Sky

Participate in a 30+ year tradition. Enjoy live entertainment and a kid-friendly fun zone, meet local sports mascots, play fun games and chow down on food and drinks. Then watch the massive fireworks display. Note that this event is explicitly non-alcoholic.

Where: Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix
When: Monday, July 3, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.phoenix.gov (then scroll down)

Fabulous Phoenix 4th

Join the 32nd annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th, which boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in Arizona. Two stages host major bands and kids can play at the Kids’ World. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, a classic car display and lots of street festival-style food. Note that this is an explicitly non-alcoholic event.

Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.phoenix.gov

Fourth of Zooly

Enjoy a catered barbecue dinner, look at animals, ride the carousel for free and watch live entertainment at the Phoenix Zoo’s annual Fourth of Zooly. Then watch the fireworks over Tempe Town Lake from a special VIP area.

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
When: Tuesday, July 4, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $45 adult, $35 kid ages 3-12, Free for kids 2 and under
More info: www.phoenixzoo.org

Queen Creek

Your Hometown 4th of July

Journey to Schnepf Farms for an afternoon and evening of fun. Hang out in the Fun Zone and its range of rides, listen to live music, play games and enter contests. Also, take advantage of the food trucks and fair-style eats. The fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m.

Where: Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
When: Tuesday, July 4, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $20 per car, some paid activities
More info: www.schnepffarms.com

Scottsdale

Fourth of July Freedom Fest

From June 30 to July 4, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers a huge list of activities. Enjoy concerts, a vintage airshow and parachute demonstrations, dive-in movies and fireworks every night at 9 p.m.

Where: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale
When: Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4
Cost: Complimentary with hotel stay or same-day dining
More info: www.scottsdaleprincess.com

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Stick around after McCormick-Stillman’s free summer concert on July 2 — featuring the high-energy country band Mogollon — for a fireworks show.

Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
When: Sunday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.therailroadpark.com

Scottsdale’s 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth in comfort at the 300,000 square foot air-conditioned WestWorld of Scottsdale. Enjoy a Kids Zone, Stunt Master’s BMX Show, stunt dogs, bull-riding rodeo, a petting zoo and meet princesses and superheroes. Then watch fireworks (outdoors) at 9 p.m.

Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
When: Tuesday, July 4, 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 general admission, $6 Scottsdale resident (online only), Free for kids 5 and under. $20 per car for fireworks only.
More info: www.scottsdale4th.com

Surprise

4th of July Celebration

Watch a rookie-league matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Then stick around after the game for fireworks at this 34th annual celebration.

Where: Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise
When: Tuesday, July 4, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: www.surpriseaz.gov

Tempe

Tempe Town Lake Festival

Attend Tempe’s 66th annual Fourth of July festival. Attractions include Family Fun Fest’s inflatable village, a food court and live music from local musicians. There will also be a color guard and flyover, then the 35-minute fireworks show fires off from the Mill Ave. bridge at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Tempe Town Lake,
When: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m.
Cost:  $5 general admission, $30-$60 VIP Garden, Free for activity military with ID
More info: www.tempe4th.com

Tolleson

4th of July Celebration

Spend an afternoon and evening of fun that includes waterslides, live entertainment and watermelon. You can also participate in a variety of contests, including eating hot dogs and marshmallows, and a water balloon toss. Cap the evening off with the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Where: Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. Parking at 91st Ave. and Van Buren, and City Hall.
When: Tuesday, July 4, 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: tollesonaz.org