By Elizabeth Liberatore
July 4, Arizona Biltmore
This landmark hotel is the perfect venue for any and all occasions, including Fourth of July. Hotel guests will enjoy a plethora of fun activities and yummy bites. Keep cool at Paradise Pool and enjoy a poolside snow cone (specialty boozy and alcohol-free options available). Nosh on $5 street tacos and wash them down with margs by the glass and pitcher. There will be a complimentary chips and salsa demonstration and tequila tasting, as well as fun activities throughout the day for adults and kids with free giveaways. Most activities included in the nightly rate. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
July 4, Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo’s furry friends invite you and your family to the 4th of Zooly, an all-American Fourth of July celebration. This fun-filled outing at the zoo will feature an array of activities that everyone will love, as well as live entertainment throughout the evening. In addition to experiencing animal encounters, families will enjoy a finger-licking barbeque dinner, free carousel rides and a bounce house for kids. Top it all off with a fireworks show, and you have a Fourth of July celebration for the books. General admission, $35 (ages 3-12) and $45 (13+). 4-7 p.m. www.phoenixzoo.org.
July 4, Tempe Beach Park
Thousands, both near and far, will gather at Tempe Beach Park for yet another fantastic Fourth of July celebration. Attendees will enjoy everything from live entertainment and great food (plus a beer garden) to fun activities (like inflatable rides and a rock climbing wall) and, of course, the most spectacular fireworks show in the area. Watch the night sky transform into a colorful tapestry as fireworks ascend from Mill Avenue Bridge choreographed to various genres of music, including pop, country, patriotic and more. So bring a picnic blanket, lawn chairs and your entire crew for a Independence Day celebration unlike any other. $5. 5 p.m. www.tempe4th.com.
July 4, Steele Indian School Park
Phoenix is already a fabulous place to call home, but when you combine it with the Fourth of July – well, it’s truly a Fabulous Phoenix 4th. The #fabphx4 has consistently attracted more than 100,000 attendees since its inception 33 years ago. A variety of festival-style food and beverage vendors will be on-site, in addition to international recording artists jamming out all evening on two of the event’s stages. Perfect for families with children, #fabphx4 will have arts and crafts stations, interactive exhibits and a Kids’ World, complete with a water spray zone to help the little ones cool off. What truly makes this celebration so fab is the fireworks shows, taking place at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Free. 6-10 p.m. www.phoenix.gov.
July 4, Fountain Park
For a star spangled family event, look no further than the Fourth at the Fountain. Located at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, the event invites guests of all ages to don their best patriotic garb for a night that celebrates our nation’s independence. There will be festivities like a bouncy house, rock climbing walls and DJ Steve Grosz spinning fun beats that’ll get the entire family on their feet dancing. Food vendors will be there to cool things down with refreshments like Italian ice, frozen lemonade and more. The evening concludes with a beautiful fireworks display over the park’s mesmerizing Fountain Lake. Free. 6-10 p.m. www.experiencefountainhills.org.
July 4, Mesa Amphitheatre/Mesa Convention Center
Head to downtown Mesa for the coolest – literally and figuratively speaking – Independence Day celebration. Literal in the sense that the event is outfitted with misting trailers to help cool you down. Figuratively by means of fun activities like a water zone, tailgate-style games, an American arts and culture showcase and more. Guests can refresh their American history knowledge by taking a stroll through the Hall of Flags and America’s Heritage Lane with national monuments and tributes to great American figures. There will be plenty of food and retail vendors and a fireworks show to cap off the evening. Free. 6-10 p.m. www.arizonacelebrationoffreedom.com.