Jul 1, 2009

4th of July celebrations around the valley

Friday, July 3
Ahwatukee Star-Spangled Festival and Bicycle Parade
Ahwatukee Community Center
4700 E. Warner Rd, Ahwatukee
Kick off your holiday weekend early with this great family event. Kids can win prizes for decorating strollers or bicycles in red, white and blue and watch as their creations star in the parade. Rides, tasty barbeque and live music will be featured as well.

Rev, White and Boom
Phoenix International Raceway
7602 S. Avondale Blvd, Avondale
This free celebration will take guests on a tour of the raceway, showcase live entertainment and build up to a gorgeous fireworks demonstration. Food, drinks and fun activities will also be available.

Third of July Fireworks
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
6895 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek
Get to Harold’s early for drink specials, prizes and delicious barbeque. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and will be followed by live entertainment.

Independence Day in Goodyear
Estrella Lakeside Amphitheatre
10300 S. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear
You’ll want to bring your blanket to this West Valley celebration. Live music, delicious food and an array of activities all lead up to the big fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

Light up the Sky
Maryvale Baseball Park
3600 N. 51st Ave, Phoenix
Maryvale Baseball Park opens its doors for Independence Day rides, games, contests and of course a fantastic fireworks display.

Red, White and Boom, a Fireworks Celebration
Ahwatukee Country Club12432 S. 48th St, Ahwatukee
Ahwatukee is set to celebrate the Fourth in style with a huge fireworks display at their annual Red, White and Boom event. Live music will also be on hand as classic rock and blues band, Blooster and the Mighty perform for guests.

Saturday, July 4Freedom Fest
Heritage Park
600 N. Main St, Florence
Start Independence Day right with Freedom Fest, Florence’s activity-filled holiday celebration. Guests can form teams for the mud volleyball tournament, take part in the horseshoe competition or even join the country-singing contest. A fee will be added for some activities.

July Fourth Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe Town Lake
620 N. Mill Ave, Tempe
Head down to Mill Avenue for one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations around! The seven-hour event will feature live local entertainment from the Joey Arroyo Band, Calumet and others, followed by the spectacular fireworks show set to patriotic and classical music.

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular
Tumbleweed Park
2250 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler
If you want some adventure this July 4th, look no further than this Chandler festival. Featuring a 35-foot water slide, a 24-foot rock-climbing wall and a dunk tank, this event is a great way for the whole family to get out and enjoy some holiday fun.

Grand Ol’ Fashioned Picnic
Scottsdale Stadium
7408 E. Osborn, Scottsdale
Foodies will love this Scottsdale event where they can bring homemade chili to be judged, and stick around for the chili, watermelon and pie-eating contests! Old-fashioned games and patriotic arts and crafts will also keep guests busy.

July Fourth Celebration
Eldorado Park
2311 N. Miller Rd, Scottsdale
Bring the family out to Eldorado Park for a tug-of-war competition, crafts and even a watermelon-eating contest! This free event won’t host any fireworks display, so plan on finding the light show somewhere nearby.

“Old Fashioned” Fourth of July Spectacular
Rockin R Ranch
6136 E. Baseline Rd, Mesa
Celebrate the holiday weekend with an all-you-can-eat barbeque dinner, a show by the Rockin R Wranglers and, of course, fireworks. Gold panning and wagon rides will also be featured at this one-of-a-kind celebration.

Star-Spangled Shootout
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Rd, Chandler
Take your cowboys and cowgirls out to Rawhide for their Independence Day celebrations. There will be live music, face painting, costume contests and aerial fireworks to keep families entertained.

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix
You won’t want to miss the largest free fireworks show in the state at the Fabulous Phoenix 4th. There will also be a giant misting area, inflatable rides and even a classic car show.

Mesa’s Fourth of July Celebration: This event may have been cancelled: Check before you go.
Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa
Stop by this East Valley event for a simple celebration of the Fourth. There will be food and drinks, live entertainment and kiddie rides all leading up to the big fireworks show.

Star-Spangled Fourth
Goodyear Ballpark
1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
While munching on ballpark treats partygoers can enjoy live tunes from rockers Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns. The West Valley’s most popular fireworks show, The APS Fireworks Spectacular, concludes the festivities.

Gilbert Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Mesquite High School
500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert
4- 10:30 pm, fireworks scheduled 9 pm.
Contests, games, inflatables, food, rides, and novelties
May be a charge for parking, $5 or under.. Bring cash for rides, amusements, refreshments
For more information, visit the Gilbert Rodeo Park web site. Aloha~

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