If you can't find something to do on July 4th in the Phoenix area, you must never leave the house! There are so many places to enjoy fireworks, picnics, barbecues, concerts, games, water play, and other family activities. Several hundred thousand people every year are out somewhere in the Valley of the Sun enjoying a grand ol' Independence Day.
The following community festivals are family-friendly. Many of them have free admission, or, if there is a charge, it is typically very reasonable. There may be a charge to park. They appear here in alphabetical order by city/town name. Unless otherwise stated, all food and beverages are available to purchase, no personal fireworks or sparklers are permitted, and no alcoholic beverages may be brought in at these events. Activities offered may change from year to year.
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Anthem - Independence Day Celebration
Independence Day festivities in Anthem are hosted by the Anthem Community Council. This 4th of July celebration takes place before the actual holiday! Anthem is a residential master-planned community located north of Phoenix, Arizona.
What you can expect: water slides, rides, inflatables, DJ music., beer garden, fireworks.
What you need to know: Parking is available on street, in the Community Park parking lots and in the Community Center parking lot. Overflow parking will be available in the Boulder Creek High School parking lot. No pets. Coolers are permitted, but no grills. No alcoholic beverages may be brought in. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the fireworks, but no personal chairs, blankets, coolers or other seating is permitted on the grass on the Food Court (Softball Field #4). Bring cash for food and rides. This is a rain or shine event, no refunds on ride wristbands.
In 2017: Monday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Apache Junction - 4th of July
Apache Junction is southeast of Phoenix. Most of Apache Junction is actually in Pinal County, not Maricopa County, like most of the other cities and towns of Greater Phoenix. Apache Junction's 4th of July event incorporates an entire day of family activities, fun, music, and fireworks.
What you can expect: The 4th of July Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament takes place at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center. Registration (free) begins at 7:15 a.m. Space is limited to the first 8 teams (up to 10 players per team) to register. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. Spectators must pay pool admission. Admission is waived for tournament participants. Public swimming (small fee) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with age-appropriate games and races for ages 5 and up.
In the evening the gates at the high school football stadium will open at 6 pm. Game booths and activities for kids will take place at the field starting at 6 p.m. Some of the activities include inflatable/water games, bean bag toss, and prize ponds.... Live music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free watermelon will be available starting at 6 p.m. (while supplies last).
There will be a Bicycle, Tricycle, & Wagon Decorating Contest. Judging at 6:30 p.m. Floats should be placed on the track, in front of the grandstand.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there will be live musical entertainment.
Fireworks will begin at about 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
What you need to know: Morning swim events are at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center. Evening activities are at the Apache Junction High School Track/Field, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction. The Skate Park will have holiday hours (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on July 4.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
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Buckeye is a growing community located west of Phoenix, Arizona in the West Valley. It is actually one of the fastest growing cities in the country! The celebration takes place at Youngker High School, 3000 S Apache Rd. in Buckeye.
What you can expect: family-friendly activities, fireworks.
What you need to know: Admission is free. Parking is free. Some activities will require a fee. Bring cash!
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Casa Grande is located south of Phoenix and about 30 minutes south of Chandler. The party takes place at The Palm Island Family Aquatics Park from 10 a.m to 2 p.m and the Ed Hooper Rodeo Park/Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N Rodeo Rd. starting at 7 p.m., gates at 6:30 p.m.
What you can expect: swimming, races, games, bouncers, fireworks.
What you need to know: In the daytime enjoy open swim, activities, and games at Family Swim Day (small fee). Concessions available. The activities and events at the Sportsplex are free. Free parking. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets in the evening. No alcohol. Coolers are permitted. Bring cash for food vendors.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (swim) and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sportsplex).Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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Chandler’s signature Independence Day celebration takes place at Tumbleweed Park, on the Southwest corner of Germann & McQueen roads. See a map of the area here. Enter at either Hamilton St. & Germann Rd. or McQueen Rd. & Celebration Way.
What you can expect: live music, DJ, water zones, Kidtopia, food trucks, beer garden, fireworks.
What you need to know: Admission is free but there is a charge to park. Tumbleweed Park hosts Playtopia, sand volleyball, horseshoes and corn hole. Bring your own outside activities – kites, Frisbees, bikes, bubbles and more – as well as blankets and chairs.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Florence, Arizona is one of Arizona's oldest towns. Located southeast of the Phoenix area, it is actually in Pinal County, not Maricopa County. The visitor center is located at McFarland State Park in historic downtown Florence.
What you can expect: open swim at the Florence Aquatic Center until 5 p.m. The Heritage Park activities start at 3 p.m.: Corn Hole and Mud Volleyball tournaments (fee to enter, advance registration), bingo, inflatables. Live music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What you need to know: To enter the Aquatic Center the public is encouraged to bring new or gently used backpacks and school supplies, which will be donated. Heritage Park event is free admission.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from noon to 9 p.m.
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Fountain Park, in the northeast part of the metro Phoenix area, is a great place to celebrate an enjoyable and relaxing 4th of July with family and friends.
What you can expect: DJ provides music, prizes, fireworks.
What you need to know: free admission, free parking. If you don't want to purchase food from the food trucks, you can bring a cooler or picnic basket. Bring chairs and/or blankets. You may bring balls to toss or your own lawn games. Glass bottles and alcohol are not permitted. No pets. No personal fireworks. No sparklers.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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The Town of Gilbert is a growing, mostly residential community southeast of Phoenix in the East Valley. Here are estimated driving times to Gilbert from other parts of the Phoenix area. The event takes place at Higley High School, 4068 East Pecos Road in Gilbert.
What you can expect: fireworks.
What you need to know: free admission, free parking. Bring your own blankets, chairs and lawn games. No glass, no personal fireworks, no smoking.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Goodyear, Arizona is located west of Phoenix, in what is typically described as the West Valley. The celebration takes place at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way in Goodyear. This map of local stadiums will show you where that is, and you can see how long it will take you to drive here on this chart.
What you can expect: water slide, bounce houses, live music hot dog eating contest (ages 18+), fireworks.
What you need to know: Admission and parking are free. Wristbands and individual tickets for inflatables will be for sale.
Blankets, seat cushions, and towels allowed. No commercial cameras, sparklers, drones, noisemakers, chairs, hard or large coolers, glass, cans, alcohol, skates, skateboards or pets are permitted in the ballpark. You may bring one factory-sealed bottle of water per person, and one small, soft-sided cooler with factory-sealed, pre-packaged single serving snack items. The ballpark is a nonsmoking facility. Goodyear Ballpark Luxury Suites may be rented for this... event. They are air-conditioned and feature party facilities for groups of 15 people.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Litchfield Park - Splash Bash
Takes place at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center. Litchfield Park is in the West Valley.
What you can expect: water games, kids' activities, DJ, pool safety information.
What you need to know: There's a small admission fee, unless you already have a Recreation Center Pass.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Maricopa is a city southwest of the Phoenix area. Maricopa isn't in the same county as Phoenix; Phoenix is in Maricopa County, and Maricopa is in Pinal County. Yes, that can be confusing! Maricopa was incorporated in 2003. The city celebrates the 4th of July with a community barbecue. The celebration takes place at Copper Sky Regional Park, right across from the aquatic center.
What you can expect: water zones, bouncers, live music, beer garden, fireworks.
What you need to know: The City of Maricopa will be providing complimentary shuttle service for this event, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the following pick-up locations: Santa Rosa Elementary School, Santa Cruz Elementary School, Maricopa Wells Middle School, Butterfield Elementary School, Ace Hardware (ADA Access), Saddleback Elementary School and Maricopa Elementary School. Buy wristbands for water zone/bouncer wristbands in advance online. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. Small coolers permitted, but no cooking or grilling. No pop-up... tents or pets. Bring cash for food vendors. Copper Sky Aquatic Center will be open (admission charge).
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Peoria - All American Festival
Peoria, Arizona, is in the West Valley, northwest part of the Valley of the Sun. The Peoria Sports Complex hosts many of Peoria's special events throughout the year.
What you can expect: water zones, Kids Zone, live entertainment, food eating contests, cornhole tournament, fireworks.
What you need to know: There is an admission charge and some activities have an additional fee. You can purchase discounted tickets in advance, or full price at the gate if it is not sold out. First come, first serve, festival seating on the grass. Lawn chairs, blankets, and food are permitted to be brought in. No alcohol, glass containers, pets, bicycles, umbrellas or canopies.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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The City of Phoenix hosts several Independence Day events. After Dark in the Park happens the weekend before the Light Up the Sky event at Maryvale Baseball Park and the big Phoenix Fabulous Fourth event. After Dark in the Park takes place at Deer Valley Park, 19602 N. 19th Avenue, in North Phoenix.
What you can expect: inflatable fun zone, fireworks.
What you need to know: free admission. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic basket or cooler. Bring cash for food vendors.
In 2017: Saturday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Phoenix - Light Up The Sky
The City of Phoenix hosts several Independence Day events. Light Up the Sky at Maryvale Baseball Park usually takes place early in July, one or two days in advance of the bigger Phoenix Fabulous Fourth event. Maryvale Baseball Park in West Phoenix is the location.
What you can expect: live entertainment, inflatable fun zone, local sports mascots, community resource booths, games, fireworks.
What you need to know: free admission. Family-friendly, no alcohol. Activities take place on the baseball diamond. Bring cash for food vendors.
In 2017: Monday, July 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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Surprise - 4th of July Pool Party
Surprise, Arizona is a fast-growing residential community in the northwest part of the Valley of the Sun. The Surprise Recreation Campus, which includes Surprise Stadium, hosts several big events throughout the year. This celebration takes place poolside at the Aquatic Center.
What you can expect: music, games, nighttime swimming, crafts, raffle prizes, fireworks.
What you need to know: There is an admission charge. Open to the first 400 Surprise residents only. (proof of residency required, pool passes are not valid for event). Regular pool hours on Tuesday, July 4 will be noon to 5 p.m. If you prefer baseball to swimming, you can head over to the Surprise Stadium to catch the Rookie League matchup featuring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers at 5:30 p.m. The fireworks show will follow the game. Stadium admission is free.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
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Tolleson - 4th of July Celebration
Tolleson is a city in the West Valley of the metro Phoenix area. The 4th of July celebration in Tolleson features family fun, contests, and fireworks for the residents of this southwest valley community. The 4th of July event will take place at Tolleson Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren Street.
What you can expect: water slides, live entertainment, games, food eating contests (advance registration required), free watermelon (while supplies last), fireworks.
What you need to know: free admission. Free shuttle service will be provided from two parking locations: North East & South East corners of 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street & City Hall (9555 W. Van Buren St.). Bring cash for food and beverage vendors.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Wickenburg is in the far northwest part of the Valley of the Sun. If there's still any wild west left in Greater Phoenix, it's probably found out Wickenburg way!
What you can expect: music and games at the pool. In the evening, carnival games, crafts, water slides, fireworks.
What you need to know: the Wickenburg Municipal Swimming Pool will have music and games, free admission before the evening festivities begin. Gates open at 6 p.m. at Sunset Park. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed. No animals, coolers or alcoholic beverages allowed.
In 2017: Tuesday, July 4 from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (pool); 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (park)
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