If you are like myself and many of the valley residents and staying in Phoenix for the fourth of July or maybe you are visiting from out of town below is our guide to fun and exciting 4th of July. From Scottsdale to Tempe, down to Glendale, and Surprise we have looped the valley of sun to bring you the cities best locations offering amazing firework shows and events. But before you head out to catch fireworks stop by any of the three pool parties below, relax, enjoy a drink or two, catch some sun, watch some good looking people, and enjoy.
4th of July at West World is at the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 2 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for Scottsdale residents and free for children under 6. For more information visit http://www.westworldaz.com/eventcalendar/scottsdale4th
Chandler’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler, 4 to 10 p.m., presented by Chandler Lions Club and City of Chandler. For more information on this free event, visit http://chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=162.
The July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival is at 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., 4 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information visit http://www.tempe4th.com.
Surprise’s Annual July 4th Celebration will be held from 4:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus, 5850 N. Bullard Avenue, and Surprise. The event features a Rookie League Baseball Game between the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians. Fireworks set to patriotic music is expected to begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is limited to 10,000. Parking is free and admission is also free with a donation of canned food. City residents can claim six tickets per family in advance at at Community and Recreation Services, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. For more information, visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/index.aspx?nid=491 or call 623-222-2000.
The 2nd Annual Westgate Firework Fest is at 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Pop group Before You Exit will perform and there will also be a splash area for kids. In the beer garden will be performances by Carvin Jones Band, Morgan Leigh Band, The Reality Band and Fat Tree. Radio personalities Mountain Man Jay, Marty Manning and Barrel Boy will be emceeing. For more information visit http://www.westgateaz.com/fourth.
Fourth at the Fountain will be held at the Fountain Hills, Fountain (of course) featuring Hilltop Band and bounce houses for the kids beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Food, drink and merchandise vendors will be on hand. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call 480-836-4100.
4th of July Cave Creek Fireworks & Food Trucks Extravaganza will be held at 6424 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, next to The Rare Earth Gallery from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult, $8 per child 2 to 12, kids under 2 and veterans free. For more information, call 480-387-2630 or visit http://cavecreekevents.weebly.com/
The 29th Annual Fabulous Phoenix Fourth is at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 6 to 9:30 p.m. This free will feature three stages of live local entertainment, free inflatable rides and activities, classic cars, a cool-off area, and a patriotic program including an F-16 flyover. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.phxparksfoundation.org/freedom-wireless-fabulous-phoenix-fourth/
Scottsdale 4th of July Pool Parties 2014
When the fireworks start going off at 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the second floor deck at the W Scottsdale will offer excellent views of all the colorful explosions happening in the skies above the hotel. Leading up to the skyrocket spectacle will be a day of sun-worshiping, swimming, sipping, and sweet sounds during the WET Pool Party on Friday, July 4. Dive into the W’s stylish pool, imbibe one of its many specialty cocktails, or play life-sized games of checkers, Connect Four, and Jenga. The party starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free for hotel guests, $20 for the general public.
Maya’s Independence Day festival on Friday, July 4, around its pool will be a virtual feast for the senses that kicks off in the afternoon and runs long into the night. Fire performers, go-go dancers, and stilt walkers will delight the eyes. While its in-house bars and taco stand will be serving food and drinks, the cabanas and daybeds will provide posh partying space, fun inflatable pool toys will be handed out, and various DJs will be in the mix. Doors open at noon. General admission is $20, while the VIP treatment is $40 and includes priority admission, access to a special seating area and private bar with primo cocktails, and more.
Celebrating the holiday doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to just the holiday itself, as Talking Stick will offer its Release Pool Party over three straight days from Friday, July 4, to Sunday, July 6, with thrice the 21-and-over thrills. The back-to-back-to-back affairs at the resort’s pool will kick off on Independence Day and run through the entire weekend with the chance to soak up the sun in style in a VIP cabana or on a day bed, score beer and cocktail specials, and nab giveaways while guest DJs perform. Admission prices vary per day: the cover will be $20 for men and $10 for women on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday admission is $10 for dudes and free for the ladies.