Independence Day falls on a Tuesday this year. For some people, this means you’re already out of town enjoying a long holiday weekend. It also means you probably won’t read this until after the 4th has come and gone. For others like me, it means you have are home around the holiday and maybe won’t get to celebrate until this weekend or Tuesday. If you’re in the latter group, you’re in luck. I have a list of fantastic places to celebrate in the Valley this year!
It is summer in the desert after all. Why not enjoy Independence Day with family and friends at a water park? This year, the state’s largest water park is giving free admission to veterans, active-duty military and first responders (police, firefighters and EMT). Awesome, right?! On top of it, immediate family members can get in for half off. On Monday night, you can catch a yummy all you can eat barbecue and free firework show too!
Held annually at Steele Indian School Park, you are guaranteed to see a good show at this one. This fireworks show continues it’s 32nd year running on Tuesday with one of the largest fireworks show in the Southwest. Genuine fun for the whole family with rides, inflatables, entertainers and food for all. I’ve heard this event is unique because of the arts and crafts and interactive shows you can experience.
I’ve attended this one a few times and it never lets you down. Kiwanis Club of Tempe puts on a huge party at Tempe Beach Park with tons of fun. You’ll find live music, performances, inflatables and food (seems to be a theme here, huh?). For the parents, you can enjoy a beer garden and pop a squat on the lake front to enjoy the Fireworks Spectacular. This fireworks display is choreographed to music of different genres which makes it even more entertaining for the whole family.
Out in the East Valley, Schnepf Farms is doing it big this year with Your Hometown 4th of July. Of course, you’ll see some fireworks but they’re also covering the grounds with waterslides, amusement rides and their signature hay rides. Enjoy a bunch of tasty food and stick around for the fireworks. If you really want to dive into the experience, they are even offering VIP tickets for a special barbecue dinner in the barn, unlimited rides, and premiere seats for the fireworks display.
Nothing says American like a good baseball game. On Saturday the 1st, the Diamondbacks are having a special patriotic game to celebrate Independence Day. Players and coaches will all be sporting their patriotic uniforms with patriotic themed foods and souvenirs. The first 20,000 fans will get a special edition t-shirt and everyone can experience a firework display right after the game.
These are just a few of a very long list of things you can do to celebrate America’s Independence Day. If you’d rather stay close to your neighborhood, just do a search and you can probably find something very close. Every suburb of the Metro Valley seems to be offering something and they all look so amazing, you can’t really go wrong.
If you decide to check out one of these, let me know with comments and photos! We haven’t decided exactly what we are doing but I know we will enjoy our time as a family and be proud to live in this great country. All of you have fun, be safe and remember why we celebrate the 4th of July!
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