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Fourth of July Holiday Central: weekend events, camping, pets, more


by Natalie Rivers

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 2:10 AM

Friday, July 2

Light Up the Sky, 7 to 9 p.m.   
Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave.
At this free event families will enjoy games, information booths, food and of course a grand display of colorful fireworks that begins at 8:40. Visitors also can purchase food and beverages. More information is available by calling 602-262-6575.
The city’s fireworks displays, all free admission, were made possible with the generous financial support of sponsors that include the Freedom Wireless Foundation and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for Fabulous Phoenix 4th, and the Milwaukee Brewers, Radio Campesina, Telemundo, Mega 104.3, and the John F. Long Foundation for Light Up The Sky. Tournament participant fees make the Firecracker Sports Festival fireworks display possible.

Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom, 6 to 10 p.m.

Downtown Mesa (Street Closures: Main Street, from Morris just west of Robson to Centennial just east of Center Street Center, Macdonald, and Robson 1st Street to 1st Avenue)
Each night, the event includes “fun zones” and specific program areas up and down Main Street. The event is free to the public, along with free parking.
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Freedom Festival, 12-6 p.m.
Open to the public, this open-air festival at the Wigwam Resort in the West Valley will feature a Vintage Car Show, entertainment, food and family fun from face-painting and hula hoop contests to plinko and more. Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Magic Bird Festivals will be set-up in the Arizona Room offering a unique boutique shopping experience with more than 20 local artisans and crafts. This is a free event and non-hotel guests are welcome.

Saturday, July 3

Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom, 6 to 10 p.m.
Downtown Mesa (Street Closures: Main Street, from Morris just west of Robson to Centennial just east of Center Street Center, Macdonald, and Robson 1st Street to 1st Avenue)
Each night, the event includes “fun zones” and specific program areas up and down Main Street. The event is free to the public, along with free parking.
For more information go to

The KNIX Great American Picnic at the Wigwam Golf Resort , 5 p.m.
The family-friendly Great American Picnic features headlining band The Stealing Angels, a Fireworks Spectacular and more. The picnic will feature a family-style cookout of BBQ entrées and sides and salads made fresh from locally-grown produce. Tickets for the Great American Picnic are $15 for adults and $9 for children and include reserved front-row seating for the live performances and fireworks spectacular. A VIP Lounge at The Grill will offer an adults-only fireworks viewing party and for the ultimate exclusive experience, a special VIP Fireworks Spectacular Party Suite Package is available. For more information visit,

Sunday, July 4

The Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix 4th, 6 p.m.
Steele Indian School Park, 3rd Street and Indian School Road
The event also will feature a Classic Car exhibit, free kids inflatable rides, plenty of food and beverage vendors and of course the biggest ever fireworks display.
Visitors can use METRO light rail to get to the Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix 4th to avoid parking hassles and traffic around the park. In addition to the eight park-and-ride lots, visitors also can catch the rail from downtown Phoenix, where on-street parking will be free.

Tempe 4th, 4 - 11 p.m.
Music line-up, Fantastic Family Fest, Splash Playground, Food Court and Fireworks Spectacular all attractions at the Tempe Town Lake Festival. Tickets on sale at all Fry's Food Stores for $6 dollars and children under 12 are free. Tickets will be $8.00 at the gate or $15.00 for two on July 4. For information on parking, transit, allowed items visit http://tempe4Celebration.asp

Goodyear's Star Spangled Celebration, 6 to 10 p.m.
Admission and parking are free for the event at Goodyear Ballpark is located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, at Estrella Parkway just south of Yuma Road. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Arrive early and settle in for the F-16 Flyover at 7 p.m. Enjoy great live music throughout the evening from Groove Merchants, one of the Valley’s most popular bands, performing rock and Motown music complete with horn section. The Kids' Zone features 17 inflatables, including bouncers and water activities. Unlimited-ride wristbands are available for $10, or three rides for $5.
For a complete listing of Goodyear Ballpark rules and regulations, visit For more information call 623-882-3120.

Florence 4th of July Freedom Parade at Anthem, 8 a.m.
The parade start on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m down Merrill Ranch Parkway and ends at Anthem Community Park.

Gilbert's Old Fashioned 4th of July, 6 p.m.
The celebration takes place at Big League Dreams, 4536 East Elliot Road. Residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and umbrella, and swimsuits for the kids for this fun family event, which will include traditional fireworks. Event will include bouncies, food and drink available for sale. The event is free, paking is $5. For more information visit

27th Annual July 4th All-American Festival
City of Peoria invites the community out to enjoy their 27th Annual July 4th All-American Festival on Sunday, July 4. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities including the Haydon Building Corp. Water Zone, Kids Zone with Radio Disney, bounce houses, carnival games, crafts and more. Enjoy great music, including national recording artist Bucky Covington as well as Chad Freeman and Redline, the Rock n Roll Zone featuring Vintage Rock Group, and the all-new Fiesta zone featuring Havana Soul! Watch the Sonic Foot Long Hot Dog Eating Contest in the main stadium. Check out the F-16 flyover at approximately 7 p.m. and watch one of the Valley's best fireworks extravaganzas at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., just south of Bell Road. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. All music and activities are free with admission. To purchase tickets online and for more information visit or call 623-773-8700.

Central Christian Church Fireworks, 7-9 p.m.
Central Christian Church, Gilbert campus, will be hosting a free fireworks show. Fireworks will launch at 8:30 p.m. In conjunction with the fireworks, Central is partnering with the Arizona Hunger Campaign, with a goal to raise 5 million pounds of food for those less fortunate in our community. All food will go to local food shelters. 

Apache Junction Event, 6-9:30 p.m.
The free event features games, prize pond and live music with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. taking place at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood.

Chandler 4th of July 7UP Fireworks Spectacular, 4-10:30 p.m.
There will be free kids carnival, water-balloon wars, dunk tank and more along with live music at a fireworks display at dark. Event held at Tumbleweed Park. Admission is free, with $5 parking fee.

Fun at the Farm, Queen Creek, 5-10 p.m.
The fun will include inflatables, hay rides and pony rides plus food available for purchase at Schnepf Farms, 22601 E. Cloud Road. $30 VIP, $10 per car, $10 ride wristbands, $1-$4 per ride.

Baseball game and fireworks in Surprise, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Watch a Rookie League baseball game at Surprise Stadium between the Kansas City Royals and the San Diego Padres at 5:30 p.m. A fireworks show will take place after the game. Ticket required. Canned food donations are accepted for St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and Valley View Community Food Bank.

Tolleson Independence Day Celebration, 5-10 p.m.
Activities include a 40-foot slip and slide, F-16 flyover from Luke Air Force Base at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service from 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street. Event taking place at Tolleson Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St. with free admission and food for purchase.

If you have a 4th of July Celebration happening in your Arizona city please e-mail