This year, Scottsdale is making up for lost time with all of their Fourth of July celebrations. There will be opportunities over the entire holiday weekend to celebrate America’s birthday and enjoy great food, live entertainment and fireworks. As you begin to plan ahead for the holiday weekend, here are some of the great options for events you can participate in around town.
Go to a Family-Friendly Celebration at WestWorld
Scottsdale’s 8th Annual 4th of July Celebration is going to be an epic event this year! It takes place at WestWorld on July 4th from 5:00pm- 9:30pm and costs $21 per car. The fireworks show will start at 9:00 pm. It’s going to be the largest fireworks show in Scottsdale this year! This is a great event to attend to get your fireworks fix, because it is illegal to set off your own fireworks anywhere within a one mile radius of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve due to the fire risk.
To maximize the holiday event experience, sign up for the VIP Backyard Barbecue. The VIP tickets cost $36 and get you access to an all you can eat dining experience with BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and exclusive firework seats. You also will get to enjoy live “yacht rock” music from the band Some Like it Yacht. Your kids will love all the other activities like face painters, balloon artists, and a giant snow slide!
Have a Party at the Hotel Valley Ho
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If you want a high-energy fun daytime outing for your Fourth of July weekend, head on over to the Hotel Valley Ho. On the weekends, it is always a party at this trendy hotel. They have a DJ spinning up tunes and a great poolside cocktail bar. It’s a great way to get in some tanning time, enjoy a cocktail, and have fun in the pool with friends.
While the pool is not free to the public, you can either choose to do a staycation for the long weekend and enjoy all the hotel amenities, or you can purchase a cabana or daybed, both of which give you access to the pool for a day.
Visit Fountain Hills for Fourth At The Fountain
On Sunday, July 4th, Fountain Hills is hosting an Independence Day celebration from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Fourth at the Fountain is a great option if you are looking for a low key evening where you can still get outside and enjoy watching the fireworks.
The Fourth At The Fountain event is free of charge and is open to the public. There will be live music from the band Red Lobster, and guests are encouraged to set up a small picnic or their lawn chairs around the water to enjoy while they wait for the fireworks show. It’s advised that everyone leaves their dogs at home because they are often bothered by fireworks. There will be food trucks set up around the lake as well if you would rather purchase a snack or cold treat at the event. The fireworks will be set off across Fountain Lake at 9 pm.
Take in a Diamondbacks Game and Their Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza
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It doesn’t get more American than a baseball game, getting a hot dog, and watching a post-game fireworks show. For the sports lovers, a great way to celebrate the holiday is watching a baseball game at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks are playing the San Francisco Giants at home on July 3rd. The game starts at 7:10 pm and the themed fireworks show will take place following the end of the game. The Chase Field stadium ceiling is retractable, so even if it is closed for the game they will open it up so everyone has an amazing view from their seat in the stadium. This event is sure to put you in a patriotic mood!
Watch the Lake Pleasant Fireworks Show
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Lake Pleasant is one of the best places to watch fireworks, because you can see the beautiful reflection of the fireworks over the water. Head over to the Pleasant Harbor Marina, located on the south shore of Lake Pleasant on July 3rd for their official Celebrate America fireworks show.
Admission for this event is $20 per vehicle and $50 for VIP parking, which includes boat parking to watch the fireworks show from the water! The Celebrate America fireworks show will have food trucks, and all sorts of fun kids activities like water slides and bounce houses.
Another idea is to turn the outing into a full day out at Lake Pleasant. You could start your day by renting kayaks, paddle boats, or taking a boat cruise out on the lake to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Then, take a lunch break at Dillion’s Bayou, where you can enjoy barbecue with views of the lake and the mountains in the distance. This restaurant is a very fun spot to gather with friends and family before you head over to the Fourth of July celebration for the rest of the night!
Spend the Day Celebrating At the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch
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The Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch is one of Scottsdale’s most fun resorts, and it makes for a wonderful spot to spend your Fourth of July holiday. This year they are hosting a “Red, White and Boom” Fireworks event on Sunday, July 4th. Guests will get to enjoy their 2.5 acre water playground experience, which includes 10 pools and a waterslide. This resort grounds are designed for relaxation, and there are a lot of cabanas and chaise lounge chairs to read or nap in when you are ready to get out of the water.
The Hyatt Gainey Ranch will be having some other festive events like a cornhole tournament and watermelon eating contest on July 4th as well. The fireworks show will cap off the evening when the sun goes down. This is another great spot for a more kid-friendly holiday weekend staycation, or you can call the resort to arrange for a day pass for the event.
Decorate Fourth of July Cookies at AZ Cake Shoppe
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If you are looking for a less traditional Fourth of July activity your whole family can enjoy, check out the 4th of July cookie decorating workshop hosted by AZ Cake Shoppe in Cave Creek. This event will be on June 27th starting at 10 am, and it will cost $75 a student. Any level of artist can participate, and the class will teach students how to decorate cookies using royal icing techniques. You will leave with 12 uniquely decorated Fourth of July cookies that are sure to wow your friends and family. This is a fun activity if you plan to be out of town during the actual Fourth of July weekend, but still want to celebrate at home.
The Fourth of July is always such a fun night, and it’s never too early to get excited and make a plan for how you and your family will celebrate the weekend! Whether you want live music, an elaborate fireworks show, or to enjoy some time by the water, there’s a lot of good options to pick from this year. Stay safe and have fun celebrating America!