Let’s Celebrate Independence Day!
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays! I love that it is a time to gather with family and friends, but in a more laid back style rather than the hustle of the winter holiday season. This year things will certainly look a lot different as we celebrate Independence Day. While some of our Valley’s best fireworks shows have been canceled, others have been modified to maintain social distancing.
The health and well-being of our community is the top priority, so if you or anybody in your family is not feeling well, it is advised by all events to stay home. Practice social distancing at all times and wear a mask where social distancing cannot be observed. Where concessions are not available, load up the cooler and some lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a picnic. Check out this past post from Scottsdale Moms Collective for some inspiration to elevate your picnic from the standard sandwich route. Tailgating is not permissible at any of the locations listed below.
Here is a list of valley celebrations and fireworks that, as of June 27th, are still going on for the whole family to enjoy. Note: all of these events are having fireworks after dark, many you may be able to see from homes or parks in the area for free, but in order to get into the actual park/event where the fireworks take place, some require a ticket purchase.
Hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday!
(All events listed will take place on Saturday, July 4th)
Scottsdale’s 4th of July Celebration @ Westworld
Tickets must be purchased in advance online
Scottsdale’s 7th annual 4th of July celebration is a patriotic drive-up celebration. Gates open at 7 and fireworks begin at 9pm. You must arrive in a vehicle to attend. No bicycles or Uber/Lyft drop-offs. Early arrival strongly recommended. Each car will have space around it so that you can get out and sit in your vehicle’s designated space. Concessions available from the Original Taco Truck. Visit the website for all info and to purchase tickets.
Fourth of July Freedom Fest @ Fairmont Princess Resort – The Tenth Annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest celebrates with a patriotic party only the Princess can put on with fireworks and poolside fun! Freedom Fest fireworks and air show complimentary for overnight guests of the hotel or those dining same-evening at any of the resort’s fine dining restaurants. Movies shown at the pools and Lagoon Lawn available to overnight guests only. Fireworks begin at 9 pm nightly from July 2-4. Visit Princess’ website for more details & FAQ, as well as other summer events being offered.
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular @ Tumbleweed Park, Chandler – The festivities at Tumbleweed Park will also be drive-in style. Celebrate freedom, fireworks, and fun at Chandler’s Independence Day celebration. Enjoy the fourth at Tumbleweed Park while viewing a big boom sky-illuminating fireworks display. On-site parking is assigned and free. Parking Lots will open at 7:30 p.m. With a limited number of spots, parking will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be closed once at capacity. Fireworks Spectacular Show at 9 p.m. Concessions will not be available. Please visit the City of Chandler’s website for all details.
Arizona Celebration of Freedom @ Fiesta Mall, Mesa – Drive-in style and FREE. Please park as specifically directed by Mesa Police and the event security team. This is to provide physical distancing, but also to maintain a quick entrance and safety for all attendees. Attendees are asked to remain in the empty spot, generally on the passenger side of your vehicle, whenever possible so that each group of guests has their own area for watching the fireworks. Please note that space is limited. Parking lot will open at 7 pm on July 4 and fireworks will begin at 9. No concessions will be available. Please see event’s website for all FAQ.
We know you might be wondering why some of our favorite and popular firework festivities are not listed. Canceled events for this year include McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Tempe Town Lake, City of Phoenix “Fabulous Phoenix 4th” at Steele Indian School Park, Fountain Hills, Fort McDowell, and Westgate.
Perhaps you are planning on having your own fireworks show with your neighbors. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind to keep not only the people but the environment and the neighborhood safe.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick-up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
- Keep your pets inside; fireworks are quite terrifying for animals.
While the cancelation of longstanding community events are disappointing, they are temporary. Our community cherishes our traditions and we look forward to the time when the public can safely gather again. Here at Scottsdale Moms Collective, we wish you and your family a very happy and safe 4th of July celebration.