If you’re a native Phoenician like me, you probably spend the summer months locked away in your house with the AC cranking at all hours of the day. Just entering the scorching hot car in July can be a deterrent for many.
July’s weather averages a high of 106 degrees. This is the highest monthly average of temperature on record for Phoenix, Arizona.
Of course Fourth of July is a day worth celebrating and that means you’re going to be leaving the cool confines of your home. Just make sure you take precautions such as wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water especially if you plan on consuming adult beverages.
In honor of Fourth of July, here are four local events to experience on Independence Day in Phoenix.
- 1. Tempe Town Lake Tempe 4th. Gates open at 5 PM. Ticket prices vary but they begin at $5 if bought in advance online, at your local Fry’s locations, or City of Tempe outlets. At the gate, tickets are $8 so make sure you buy them ahead of time. VIP tickets include dinner, misted seating area, and priority seating for the firework show. VIP tickets cost $60 for adults and $30 for children under 12. Get there early. I’ve attended this event in the past and it tends to get very crowded later in the evening.
- 2. Fabulous Phoenix 4th.This free event runs from 6 to 10 PM. It features inflatable rides, live music and extra activities for the kids for an additional price. The fireworks launch at 9:30 PM. They’re also looking for attendees with classic or antiques vehicles to exhibit in their car show.
- 3. 4th of Zoo-Ly. Beginning at 7 PM, this event offers a family-friendly environment. There will be a BBQ, free carousel rides, face painting, animal appearances and rides. Children 2 and under are free but reservations are necessary. Tickets for children 3-12 are $35 and adult tickets are $45. Adult drinks will be available. From the zoo, attendees can see the fireworks from Tempe Town Lake.
- 4. Scottsdale Fourth of July at WestWorld. Radio Disney Junior will be there providing stations like a hidden treasure hunt, arts and craft centers and Mickey’s Playhouse. For your little ones, a Sesame Street Jump House and a Lego race track. For older kids, BMX and skateboard shows are planned. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; children under 6 are free. Scottsdale residents receive a $5 ticket discount if purchased in advance. VIP tickets can be had for $25 and include dinner and reserved firework bleacher seats. Additional rides and games are offered for a $20 wristband such as laser tag and rock-climbing.