If you like to celebrate the Fourth of July by taking in a spectacular fireworks display, you might be in luck this year.
At this time last year, much of Arizona was experiencing extreme drought conditions that forced the cancellations of many traditional celebrations. A relatively wet winter has eased those drought conditions for the most part, and fireworks are a go this year, at least at this moment.
It doesn’t mean it will stay that way, however, as things have begun to dry up again. Keep an eye on whatever festivities you plan to attend to make sure the event will go off as planned.
Here are Independence Day celebrations throughout metro Phoenix.
Anthem Independence Day Celebration
There will be rides, activities and food in addition to fireworks. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs to enjoy the show.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. Free admission. Additional charges for some activities. www.onlineatanthem.com.
Apache Junction Fireworks
Activities include inflatables; water games; bean bag toss; prize ponds; live music; bicycle, tricycle and wagon mini float contests; and free watermelon. No pets, please. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Details: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Apache Junction High School football stadium, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Free. 480-983-2181, www.ajcity.net.
Buckeye Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
Food and beverages for sale, live music and other activities. Bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Details: 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye. Free. www.buckeyeaz.gov/events.
Carefree: Civana Lights Drone Show Spectacular
Want a more modern take on a traditional fireworks display? Check out this aerial display of 100 LED-lit drones. It’s at Civana Wellness Resort, which is partnering with Carefree to open the show to the public. A block party will feature live music, food trucks and family fun. The drone show begins at 8:45 p.m. Those who want to extend their experience can book a room for the night.
Details: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree. Free admission; parking at the resort is $25. 480-653-9000, www.civana.com/civanalights.
Casa Grande 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Festivities include games, inflatables, water slides, music, contests, vendors and food and drink available for purchase.
Details: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Paul Mason Sportsplex, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande. Free. 520-421-8677, www.casagrandeaz.gov.
Chandler July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
There will be food for sale and DJ music, and visitors can take advantage of Tumbleweed Park’s amenities. Or bring your own games to enjoy while waiting for the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Details: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Free admission; parking is $5. chandleraz.gov.
Florence 4th of July Freedom Fest
Activities include a corn hole tournament, inflatables, food vendors, live music and fireworks.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Heritage Park, 600 N. Main St., Florence. Free. 520-868-7589, www.florenceaz.gov.
Fountain Hills Fourth at the Fountain
Festivities include bounce houses, rock climbing wall and music. Fireworks at 9 p.m. over Fountain Lake. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs, but there will be food vendors on hand.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. Free. 480-816-5185, www.experiencefountainhills.org.
Gilbert July 4th Celebration
The fireworks are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand but you’re welcome to pack your own picnic.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Free. gilbertaz.gov.
Glendale Summer Band Concert
Enjoy spirited renditions of marches, movie medleys, patriotic tunes, folk songs and polkas under the stars.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre, 58th & Glenn drives, Glendale. Free. 623-930-2299, glendaleaz.com.
Mesa: Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Activities include water slides, patriotic displays and fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. Free. www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org.
Lake Pleasant: Celebrate America!
This event on July 3 includes kids activities such as bounce houses and water slides and a concert by the Rob West Band. There will also be food for sale. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Details: 5-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria. $20 per vehicle day of event, $15 in advance. 623-203-5173, pleasantharbor.com.
Litchfield Park: The Wigwam’s Red, White & Boom
There will be music, a Kid Zone with bounce houses and water slides (unlimited ride and activity wrist bands are $12) and fireworks on the first fairway of the Blue Course. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring chairs, blankets and/or beach towels.
Details: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Wigwam Blue Golf Course, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Free admission, additional cost for some activities. 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com.
Peoria All-American Festival
Activities include live music, corn hole tournament, eating contests and water zone. Food and beer available for purchase. Fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Free admission, additional cost for some activities. 623-773-8700, www.peoriaaz.gov.
Fabulous Phoenix 4th
The alcohol-free event includes live music and performances on two stages, food and beverages for purchase, interactive exhibits and a classic car show. Fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-262-6862, phoenix.gov/FabPHX4.
Salt River Tubing
Salt River Tubing presents Bag It for Bucks on the holiday. Participants are encouraged to pick up trash — those who turn in a full bag (provided) at the end of the day will get a coupon for $7 off their next tube rental. The first 1,000 participants get a patriotic lei.
Details: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa. $17 for tube rental and shuttle; $14 for shuttle only. $30 for lost or stolen tube. 480-984-3387, saltrivertubing.com.
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration
Watch professional gamers play live and take part in interactive experiences. Appearance from superheroes and Curious George. The evening ends with a fireworks show.
Details: 4-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $5 for Scottsdale residents, all others $10 in advance; $15 at the door, VIP $25 in advance. Free for age 6 and younger. Additional costs for some activities. www.scottsdale4th.com.
Surprise 4th of July celebration
Activities include live music, food trucks, games and contests. Fireworks start at 8:40 p.m.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. Free. 623-222-2000, www.surpriseaz.gov.
Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival
The event features live music, patriotic activities and a choreographed fireworks show. You can bring blankets, chairs and up to a gallon of sealed water. No backpacks, diaper bags or large tote bags. Check here for parking and transit options ($10-$20) and the clear-bag policy: www.tempe4th.com/parking_and_transit.asp
Details: 5-10:30 p.m. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $8, free for age 12 and younger and active military with ID. 480-350-5189, www.tempe4th.com.
Tolleson 4th of July Celebration
There will be water slides, watermelon, contests, food and craft vendors and fireworks.
Details: 4-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. Free. 623-936-2754, az-tolleson4.civicplus.com/203/Events.
Westgate Firework Fest
There will be a water zone, two stages of music and family-friendly fun. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. The fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. Free. www.westgateaz.com.
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