July 3, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Fourth of July a day early in Cave Creek with festivities that will include live music, kids activities, and food and drink specials at three restaurants: Harold’s Corral, Roadhouse and The Buffalo Chip Saloon. Of course, the evening will commence with a spectacular fireworks display just after sunset. A free shuttle service will be available to transport attendees around town from 6 p.m. to midnight. Free. www.haroldscorral.com.
July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Grab the troops and head to the Phoenix Zoo for an all-American Fourth of July celebration. The fun will include free carousel rides, live music and entertainment, special animal encounters, a bounce house, an inflatable slide and a catered barbecue dinner (including some cool treats!). At 9 p.m., gather at the back of the zoo for a special view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks show. Adults, $45; ages 3-12, $35; ages two and under, free. www.phoenixzoo.org.
July 4, 3–9:30 p.m.
Thanks to the Scottsdale Independence Day Celebration, a patriotic wonderland held indoors at WestWorld of Scottsdale, you can enjoy all kinds of fun festivities without breaking a sweat. The massive air-conditioned space will house food, fun and entertainment for guests of all ages, including a stunt dog challenge, BMX shows, a kids zone, bull riding competitions, food and fireworks. $12. www.scottsdaleindependenceday.com.
June 30-July 4
Hosted by the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the annual 4th of July Freedom Fest is an unforgettable celebratory weekend complete with vintage air shows, three concerts, parachute jumps, classic American cuisine, military tributes, and nightly fireworks shows. As one of the resort’s “Legacy Events,” Freedom Fest is open to the community and resort guests. Most festivities are free for overnight guests or those dining at the resort. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
July 4, 6-10 p.m.
One of the largest fireworks displays in the entire Southwest will take place at Steele Indian School Park. Fabulous Phoenix 4th is a family-friendly event that will also include local entertainment, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, and interactive exhibits in addition to plenty of youth programming. Free. www.phoenix.gov.
July 4, 5 p.m.
Head to Tempe Beach Park to enjoy a festive evening of live entertainment by local musicians, a Family Fun Fest, and a food court with classic American fare. Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawns chairs to enjoy the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s 66th Annual Fireworks Spectacular, which will launch from the Mill Avenue Bridge. Tickets are on sale through July 4 at all Fry’s locations. www.tempe4th.com.