Tuesday, July 4

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Westgate Firework Fest 

Celebrate Independence Day with music, family entertainment, dinner deals, an open-air beer garden and a spectacular firework show on Tuesday, July 4 at the West Valley's largest Fourth of July festival, Westgate Firework Fest.

Starting from 5:00pm to 9:30pm, guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to relax at Westgate Entertainment District and listen to music on two stages, join in on fun activities and enjoy delicious dining from more than 20 restaurants and bars. In its fifth year running, this completely free annual event with free parking, the only one in greater Phoenix, attracts nearly 40,000 people.

Westgate Firework Fest: 

  •     Music on two stages.
  •     Fun activities for all ages.
  •     Grab-and-go dining deals from more than 20 restaurants.
  •     Kids cool off at the splash pad and brand-new water zones.
  •     Face painting, balloon twisting, nonstop entertainment, DJ, dancing, games, prizes and a classically restored fire truck to explore.
  •     Open-air Beer Garden.
  •     Fireworks show at 9pm 

Westgate Firework Fest is completely FREE admission 

Westgate Firework Fest
Tuesday, July 4th - 5 pm-9:30PM

For more information on the event, visit: www.westgateaz.com/america

Gilbert Hosts 4th of July Celebration at Higley High School 

Are you looking for a way to celebrate this Independence Day? Bring your blankets, chairs and lawn games and join us for fun, food trucks and fireworks at Gilbert's 4th of July Celebration at Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, AZ.  This event is free to attend. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and, weather permitting, the fireworks display is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.  

Additional fireworks viewing sites will be available at Centennial Elementary School, Legacy Traditional Academy, and Higley Unified School District Administration's parking lot.

For more information, visit: www.gilbertaz.gov/july4th.

Freedom Express train rides at Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom 

Each year brings new attractions to the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom, the state's "coolest independence festival." One of the new attractions this year is the Freedom Express, a trackless train presented by SRP, Valley Metro, Stacy and Witbeck and Sundt.  The train will offer free rides to children and adults during the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom Tuesday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

There are several unique features to the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom. One is a Revolutionary War reenactment that will be held three times that evening from the reenactment group We Make History. Originally formed in Arizona, We Make History is now "bi-coastal" offering a variety of events not only in Arizona and the Southwest but also on the East Coast. Another unique feature returning this year is the Fallen Heroes Memorial honoring Arizona's fallen heroes from the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will also be a naturalization ceremony with approximately 150 people being welcomed as new U.S. citizens.

The Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom will be full of entertainment, live music, patriotic displays, family fun, fireworks and much more. It will be held at the Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive. 

6p.m-10 p.m. (Fireworks approximately 9:30 p.m.)

For more, visit www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org

Tempe Town Lake Festival biggest fireworks show in Valley

Catch the fireworks and entertainment on Tuesday, July 4th at Tempe Beach Park. 

Entry is free for anyone showing an active military ID.

5:00pm    Gates Open    
5:35pm    Welcome / Mary Sannapu    Reciting the Declaration of Independence
5:40-6:40pm    Lane Change    Rock Quartet
6:40pm    Welcome    
6:45-7:00pm    City of Tempe Color Guard / Pipe and Drum    

  •         Kianna Martinez    National Anthem
  •         Flyover    
  •         Color Guard Exit    

7:00-8:00pm    Kianna Martinez    Country
8:15-9:15pm    Levi Rebel    Soul/Pop
9:20pm    Fireworks Spectacular Over Tempe Town Lake    Fireworks
10:00-10:45pm    Levi Rebel    Soul/Pop

For more information, visit: www.tempe4th.com 

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe Beach Park 
80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Peoria celebrates 4th of July with world's tallest water slide 

For 35 years, Peoria has entertained families on Independence Day not only with fireworks but with games, live music and more. Continuing the tradition, they'll also host two waters zones with more than 15 water inflatables and slides to help keep everyone cool. Returning again this year is The Skyscraper, a five-story waterslide known as the tallest water slide in the world. Peoria's All-American Festival, presented by APS, will be held July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

Gates open at 5 p.m. and parking is free. Admission at the door is $10 for ages 13 and older, ages 12 and under are free. 

For more information, visit: www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents

Peoria Sports Complex  
16101 N. 83rd Ave.

Arizona's only indoor 4th of July playland at WestWorld

Stay red, white and cool this 4th of July at this two-day indoor event featuring extreme BMX stunts, super heroes, inflatables, food, games and more! 

Be red, white and COOL at Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration, Tues., July 4, 3:00-9:30 pm. It's really a COOL family friendly patriotic wonderland INDOORS at WestWorld expanded to entire 300,000 square-foot fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center that encompasses the North Hall, South Hall and Equidome, 16601 N. Pima Rd. Featuring All-Star Stunt Dogs Challenge by Stunt Dog Productions, Stunt Masters BMX Shows, super kid's play zone, petting zoo, pony rides, Mercer Rodeo Bull Riding Competition, princess & superhero Meet & Greet with Moana, Belle, Spiderman, & Wonder Woman, delicious food, traditional fireworks show and much more!

DEAL: $12 in advance.  OR $25 in advance for all the hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, apple cobbler a la mode and watermelon you can eat, including bleacher seats to see bull riding & fireworks! [Scottsdale residents $6 in advance!]
Kids 5 & under FREE; Military & first responders FREE
Tickets & information at www.Scottsdale4th.com 
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration @ WestWorld
Tues., July 4
16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(866) 977-6849

Tara at the Movies: Spiderman

Tara Hitchcock shows us a sneak peek of the new Spiderman movie.

For more information on the Spiderman movie, visit: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/spidermanhomecoming/

For more information on Tara reviews and interviews visit these websites:

Easy watermelon cake perfect for a BBQ

Valley food blogger Joanie Simon shows us this healthy and light alternative to a real cake. 

Watermelon Cake

  •     This is so easy, you can whip it up the day of the party.
  •     Be sure to use real whipped cream, not aerosol or Cool Whip.
  •     Use a piping bag to create pretty decorations and flourishes
  •     Use fruit and nuts to decorate.
  •     Be sure to refrigerate until you're ready to serve it.

For more information, visit: www.JoanieSimon.com
Email:  food@joaniesimon.com

Protect your pets from fireworks and fear

July 4 and 5 are the two busiest days for animal shelters. There are dozens of dogs who escaped their homes often due to the scary, loud fireworks on Independence Day. AAWL tells us how to protect your pet from the fear of fireworks.

How can you protect your dog? (If you're going to a fireworks show and won't be home)

  •     Thunder shirts
  •     Plenty of water (dogs pant when they're stressed)
  •     Safe kenneling practices
  •     Reggae music has been shown to relax dogs

For more information on visit: https://aawl.org/                             

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Summer fancy food show trends

Breakfast ice cream? Valley food blogger Joanie Simon shows us the hippest items and trends from her recent visit to the Fancy Food Show. 

  •  Low sodium and natural options like BOU Bouillion
  •  Sparkling water and low-calorie beverages are huge and are expanding into creative flavors like DRY soda and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale.
  •  Everyone's on the go, so easy, all natural, protein packed snacks are huge, like Nutzo's Chocolate Power Fuel and Tomer Kosher's beef  jerky.
  •  Bees are back. Lots of honey and bee themed treats are a focus, including the whipped chocolate honey from Savannah Bee Co.
  •  Healthy indulgent creations are trending, like the "breakfast ice cream" from Snow Monkey
  •  Lots of unique gluten free and non-GMO trends, one of my favorites being a bread crumb / panko alternative with Watusee Foods' Chickpea  Crumbs

For more information, visit: www.JoanieSimon.com
Email:  food@joaniesimon.com

Make your own boozy ice pops 

Just in time for the 4th of July holiday, MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails shows us how to make these adult frozen treats. They're a "secret order" on their menu and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Fund for the Sea Turtles. 

Start the weekend off right with MATCH's Mimosa Special
From June 24 through Labor Day, sparkling wine with fresh orange juice is available to accompany breakfast or brunch for just $4. 
Mix it up with Maxwell's Mai Tais Monday
Every Monday, MATCH features Mai Tai cocktails and select rum cocktails, which will change weekly, for just $5.
Let's Taco 'Bout Tuesday
Every Tuesday through Labor Day, MATCH now features it's "Tres/Cuatro/Cinco" specials with $3 tacos, $4 cans of Tecate, and $5 tequila, including margarita and paloma specials. 
Don't whine for Wine Wednesday at MATCH
Starting July 5 through Labor Day, MATCH unveils its new wine list with 1/2 off bottle pricing every Hump Day.
Kick it back with Old School Steak Nights
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Labor Day, when MATCH diners order a $99 bottle of Hall Cabernet Sauvignon or wine of equal value, they will receive an order of steak tartar. The steak tartar meal can be purchased sans wine for just $18.
For more information, visit: www.matchphx.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MATCHPHX/

MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails
1100 N. Central Ave.
At the Found: Re Hotel
Phoenix, AZ 85003