The Biggest 4th of July Celebrations in Phoenix

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    The Biggest 4th of July Celebrations in Greater Phoenix

    When it comes time to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, few places do it up as big as we do in the Greater Phoenix area. It might be hot outside on July 4, but you can be sure that tens of thousands of people will be out and about, enjoying fireworks, staying cool with water slides, listening to local musical groups, playing games, watching outdoor movies, and singing patriotic songs.

    More options for enjoying July 4th:

    There are three huge festivals in town, however, that never fail to capture the spirit of the occasion, and they are the largest and most well-attended events of them all. Not only will they have family-friendly activities and exhibits, but you can be certain that the entertainment will be top notch, with nationally known performers taking the stage. At the end of...MORE the evening, the fireworks displays will be stupendous!

    All three of the 4th of July festivals mentioned here are accessible by Valley Metro Rail. I highly recommend using it, since parking at these well-attended events, and driving around restricted streets, will be challenging.

    Notes: All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Activities mentioned may change from year to year. 

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    Mesa - Arizona Celebration of Freedom

    Mesa, Arizona is one of the largest cities in the metro Phoenix area and is located in the East Valley. The Arizona Celebration of Freedom is one of the most popular Independence Day events in the Greater Phoenix area.

    When is Arizona's Celebration of Freedom?

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Where is it?

    Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive. Parking around downtown Mesa is free, as is street parking. You can use Valley Metro Rail to get to the event! Use the Main St./Center St. Station. Walk north for about two blocks.

    What will happen?

    The Arizona Celebration of Freedom includes live music, patriotic displays, family fun, fireworks and more. The festival will include Revolutionary War reenactments from We Make History, the only reenactment group of its type in the southwestern United States. There will also be a Fallen Heroes Memorial honoring the Arizona fallen heroes from the war on terrorism. 

    There...MORE are two stages of live musical entertainment. The 108th Army Band will perform, followed by the Salute to America program. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m. and last for about 20 minutes.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome 150 new U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony.

    The Mesa Convention Center will host a historical presentation of the flags of the United States. 

    Kids will enjoy free carnival-style and inflatable games and a splash and soak zone. The Freedom Express, a trackless train, will offer free rides to children and adults during the event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

    Check the schedule of bands, entertainment, exhibits and activities online.

    What does it cost?

    Admission is free and all activities are included. Bring cash for food, beverage and merchandise vendors.

    What else do I need to know?

    The streets and the sidewalks will be filled with entertainment, food/beverage vendors, art displays, and people. Walk through America’s Heritage Lane with national monuments and figures of America freedom and history.  Learn more about your family’s military genealogy and hear a presentation about the Historical Flags at Independence Hall.

    Bring a water bottle and take advantage of free water bottle refill stations.

    No pets. Chairs and blankets permitted. Small coolers permitted. No alcoholic beverages may be brought in. No smoking. No personal fireworks or sparklers. No clothing with gang signs. No bicycles. No pop-up tents.

    What if I have more questions?

    You can visit Arizona Celebration of Freedom online.

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    Phoenix - Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

    The City of Phoenix is, of course, the largest city in the State of Arizona, and is in the geographic center of what we refer to as the Valley of the Sun, or the Greater Phoenix area. The Phoenix 4th of July event is one of the biggest in the state, with one of the largest free fireworks show. It is usually televised. Typically, about 100,000 people attend this Phoenix Independence Day celebration.

    When is the Fabulous Phoenix Fourth?

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Where is it?

    It is at the Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix (3rd Street and Indian School Road). Here are a map and directions to Steele Indian School Park. No vehicles will be allowed in the park during this event. This event is accessible by Valley Metro Light Rail. Check here for special July 4 Light Rail schedule information.

    The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1,...MORE then *7. The call is free.

    What will happen?

    A patriotic program and local entertainers. There will be free inflatable rides and activities in the Kids' World, arts and crafts, Classic Car display, and a "Splash Zone" area where participants can cool off.

    The fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

    What does it cost?

    Admission is free. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Bring cash.

    What else do I need to know?

    Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show and fireworks from the grass. Coolers are permitted, but no alcohol or glass containers.

    No pets. No skates or skateboards. No consumer fireworks or sparklers. No fold-out tables. Fishing in the lake will not be permitted and the dog park will be closed. Expect large crowds. Bring lots of water. This is an alcohol-free event.

    Street Closures: Central Avenue between Osborn and Campbell and Indian School Road between 7th Street and 7th Avenue will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on event day. During the fireworks, 7th Street will be temporarily closed between Highland and Indian School Road and will be restricted until event traffic clears after the festival.

    Call (602) 534-FEST for more information or visit the Fabulous Phoenix Fourth online.

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    Tempe - July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

    Tempe, Arizona is probably best known for being the home of Arizona State University. Many popular events take place during the year in and around downtown Tempe, which includes Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park. The July 4th celebration is very well attended and has one of the largest fireworks displays in Arizona.

    When is the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival Produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe?

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Gates open at 5 p.m.

    Where is it?

    Tempe Town Lake in downtown Tempe, Arizona. Here is a map with directions to Tempe Beach Park.

    What will happen?

    The Family Fun Fest is an inflatable village with rides, activities, rock climbing wall and more. Special kid's entertainment includes face painters, relay races and other specialty entertainment. The Main Stage features local live entertainment.

    A Color Guard, patriotic program and flyover will begin just after 7 p.m. At 7:15 headlining musical performers take the main stage. The 35-minute Fireworks Show will be shot from...MORE the Mill Avenue Bridge at 9:15 p.m. followed by more musical entertainment.

    Food and beverages are available for purchase. There will be a beer garden. Bring cash for purchases.

    What does it cost?

    Tickets will be $8 each at the gate or 2 tickets for $15. Sales will stop when the park reaches capacity. Presale tickets will be honored all night.Tickets will be on sale through July 4 at all Fry’s stores, $6 each. Tickets, $5 each, will be on sale through July 1 at:

    • Parks & Recreation Administration Office

      3500 S. Rural Rd.
      2nd Floor Tempe Public Library

    • Kiwanis Recreation Center
      6111 S. All America Way

    • Tempe Transit Store
      200 E. Fifth Street

    • Escalante Community Center
      2150 E. Orange St.

    Tickets are available online for the VIP Garden. Ticket includes a seat with a great view of the fireworks show in a misted area, barbecue dinner and two beverage tickets. $60 per person, children ages 5-12, $30 each, plus applicable service charge. Children younger than 5 years old are admitted free, but do not receive a meal. 

    Are there any other discounts available?

    You can purchase tickets online for $5 each, but an additional service charge will be added.

    How do I get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, and where should I park?

    Here's a map and directions to Tempe Beach Park. There are several pay lots near Tempe Beach Park, but parking is always challenging during big downtown Tempe events like this one. This event is accessible by Valley Metro Rail, which will be following the Sunday schedule. Here is the special schedule information. You can find parking maps and information about free bus transportation online

    The City of Tempe Transportation program, Tempe in Motion, will make it easier to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival with extended bus service. Visit Tempe in Motion online for details.

    The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.

    What else do I need to know?

    Tens of thousands of people attend this celebration. First come, first serve on lawn seating. Blankets, portable chairs, personal cameras, small umbrellas welcome. No food or coolers. Only manufacturer's sealed containers of water (1 gallon per person) allowed, no other food or beverage.

    No skates, skateboards or bicycles. No personal fireworks or sparklers. No pets.

    Splash Playground at Tempe Town Lake will NOT be open.

    What if I have more questions?

    Visit the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival website, or you can call the hot line at 480-350-5189.