Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Phoenix

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Phoenix this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Arizona Celebration of Freedom

Ready for some fireworks? Just half an hour from Phoenix, the town of Mesa is hosting a safe, socially distanced firework show on the evening of July 3. It’s a drive-up event and you’ll be asked to either stay in your vehicle or sit outside the passenger side of your vehicle so that everyone will have a separate area from which to watch. The parking lot will open at 7 pm and event staff will assign you a parking space when you arrive (spaces are limited, so come early). There will be no food vendors, so you’re encouraged to bring your own snacks and beverages, as well as a chair or picnic blanket if you don’t want to watch from inside your car. The firework spectacular will begin at 9 pm and is completely free.

Fourth at the Fountain

The town of Fountain Hills, about 40 minutes Northeast of Phoenix, normally shows a really fun Fourth of July celebration called Fourth at the Fountain. The event usually includes a DJ, food and beverages, giveaways and raffles, games, a bounce house, a rock-climbing wall, and fireworks. This year, it’s tentatively scheduled for July 4th from 6 to 10 pm at Fountain Park. All events are subject to postponement or cancellation due to COVID-19, so you’ll want to check back here closer to the date for more details.

South Mountain Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out South Mountain Park which has covered picnic ramadas with tables, grills, and bathrooms. You can either grab a smaller one on a first-come-first-served basis or reserve a large one ahead of time through the Parks and Recreation department. All are surrounded by beautiful desert scenery.

South Mountain Park is also a nature preserve and at nearly 17,000 acres it is the largest city park in the country. This means that there’s plenty for the whole family to do to stay occupied while not actively grilling or eating! You can enjoy the holiday at the park by:

·   Burning some calories biking or hiking on the 50+ miles of trail through the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila, and Guadalupe mountain ranges.

·   Horseback riding.

·   Snapping some group shots at Dobbins Lookout, a scenic point 2,330 feet up

·   Attending a nature program, birdwatching, or looking for desert wildflowers.

·   Enjoying historical artifacts like the “Mystery Castle” ruins and petroglyphs.

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