Does a Fourth of July celebration even count without fireworks? Here are some places to get a first-class view:
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Steele Indian School Park is hosting its 32nd annual July 4th festival from 6-10 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. The family event is free and there is no alcohol allowed. Entertainment includes live concerts, festival-style food and beverages, games and activities for kids and much more.
Third Street and Indian School Road, Phoenix
Westgate Firework Fest
It’s a love fest for America 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Westgate’s Entertainment District. There will be entertainment for the family, live country music, dining deals with a fireworks finale at 9 pm. FREE.
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
A fly-over, live music, City of Tempe color guard performance and inflatable kiddie rides await at Tempe’s celebration, 5-10:45 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. $5 tickets available online or at Fry’s Food Stores.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Fourth of Zooly
The Phoenix Zoo is celebrating in rawr-king style with a catered BBQ dinner from 7-8:30 pm with free carousel rides, music, animals and lots more fun. Tickets are $45 for adults (13 years and older); $35 for children (3-12 years); free for children 2 years and under.
455 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix
The Fourth falls on a pesky Tuesday this year but many employers are rising to the occasion and declaring Monday AND Tuesday one big holiday weekend. Take advantage of that generosity and escape to one of the many Valley resorts offering sweet staycation steals. A sampling:
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Get into the American spirit with a holiday buffet, pool games and live entertainment, from 5- 9 p.m. The prices for adults are $29, and $14 for kids. Hotel rates start at $179 per night.
5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix
Freedom Fest at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The Princess is Independence Day central in north Valley with concerts, fireworks, a military tribute and even an air show. A Fourth of July VIP Gold package will cost you around $314 per night. The package includes exclusive perks like reserved seating at the Freedom Fest concert, preferred restaurant reservations, Patriotic amenity and other accommodations.
7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale
All-American Weekend at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Relax poolside, on the third-floor pool deck of the LUSTRE’s Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Palomar’s All-American Weekend event. The fun includes Tito’s Handmade Vodka specials and tastings, an outdoor barbecue, live music and giant pool toys for party-goers. The 100 Days Of Summer package offers rooms starting at $120 per night. VIP packages available.
2 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix
Let’s face it: It’s too hot out to be stuck behind a grill. With these restaurant deals around the Valley, you can feast on cuisine de americana without breaking a sweat.
Hash Kitchen is whipping up a special Fourth of July hash with baby back ribs, corn bread, potatos and poached eggs ($17). Enjoy the only-in-America breakfast with their $9 build-your-own Bloody Mary cocktails or $8 bottomless mimosas (1-cent refills). 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
2 Scottsdale locations
Bobby-Q will fool your backyard pool party guests into believing you slow smoked pork all weekend instead of lounging on a flamingo floatie. Package meals costs around $35 and can feed about six people.
8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix (Other location: Mesa)
Pedal Haus in Tempe is the pre-party spot for Tempe Town Lake’s July 4th festival. Rev your engines with brats, backyard games and $5 beer steins.
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Chompie’s is bringing back their summertime deal for the Fourth: buy one hamburger or hot dog, get another free. Offer valid seven days a week after 11 a.m. with the purchase of two beverages.
Check online for locations: chompies.com
Sprinkles Cupcakes are the perfect patriotic end to an all-American meal with festive red, white and blue cupcakes.
4501 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Outback Steakhouse offers many deals like steak and crabs for $15.99, $6 patriotic punch, and a 15% off discount for military families.
Check online for locations: outback.com