Fun activities to do this Independence Day weekend

Fun activities to do this Independence Day weekend

July 2, 2019 0 By Ellie Wendt

Independence Day might be one of my most favorite holidays of the year. I love the warm summer air, spending the day splashing in the pool, decked out in red white and blue. I love the smell of outdoor BBQs grilling up delicious meals, spending time with family and friends and of course the sound and sight of fireworks dancing through the night sky. 


If you are like me and love making the most of this patriotic holiday, here are some ways to enjoy and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend without breaking the bank.


Firework Displays

What would Independence Day be without celebrating our country’s freedom with red white and blue fireworks? Firework displays are the staple of the holiday and there are plenty of amazing places to go see some. Here is a list of the biggest and cheapest! For a complete list of fireworks displays across the state click here. 


Fabulous Phoenix Fourth

This fireworks display is one of the largest in the state and entry is completely free. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information visit their website here.


Chandler’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy fireworks in the East Valley at Tumbleweed Park. Admission is free and fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. For all the information visit their website here. 


Fourth at the Fountain

Celebrate the Fourth with a fireworks show at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills. This event is free to the public and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For more information click here. 


Fourth of July Festivals 

Is staying at home for the fourth and hosting your own party, not your style? Well, you are in luck because there are plenty of places to go party for the whole family. Here are a few ideas.


Arizona Celebration of Freedom

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can stop by at this free festival happening in Mesa. The festival features everything from live entertainment, food, activity zones for children, cultural displays and of course fireworks. All activities are free except for food and merchandise. For full details visit their website here


July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Enjoy a choreographed fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake. General admission is $8 with children 12 and under free. For more information, visit their website here. 


Scottsdale’s Fourth of July Celebration at Westworld

Many people are discouraged from celebrating the fourth because typically events are held outdoors and it gets hot. If you do not mind paying for convenience, Scottsdale has the solution. Their entire festival is indoors with activities and entertainment for the full family. Admission is priced at $15 per person and this does not include all activities. But if escaping the heat is important to you, this is worthwhile. For full details and ticket prices visit their website here. 



Already have plans for the fourth? Or wish to keep the party going? Why not extend your fourth of July activities out to the entire weekend. There are plenty of unique independence day activities out there to choose from. Here is a list of activities outside of firework shows. 


July 4th Fireworks SUP Paddle

Ever wanted to paddleboard or kayak underneath a sky of red, white and blue? Riverbound Sports Paddle Company has the activity for you! Bring your board or rent one and watch fireworks on Tempe Town Lake. For full details and rental options visit their website here. 


Visit the Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is offering discounted admission on the 4th. Stop by for activities, gallery tours, gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers, and free make-your-own sno cones at Palette at Phoenix Art Museum. Discounted admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children. For more information visit their website here. 


Arizona Diamondbacks’ Fireworks Spectacular 

Nothing says celebrating America’s birthday like enjoying America’s sport. On July 5, the Diamondbacks face off the Colorado Rockies at 6:10 p.m. What’s super fun about this particular game is afterward you can catch a brilliant fireworks display. Purchasing tickets to the game gets you in for the fireworks. For tickets and details click here.