July 4th events around Arizona

4th July fireworks displays this year will largely be drive-up events so families can observe social distancing.

Instead of attending parades and block parties, this year we are celebrating our country’s independence with drive-ins and virtual events. Families can still enjoy fireworks displays around the Valley while observing social distancing — and maybe develop some new July 4th traditions.


CANCELLED: July 4th Fireworks Drive-in. Celebrate freedom, fireworks, and fun at Chandler’s free Independence Day drive-in event. Park at Tumbleweed Park and enjoy a sky-illuminating fireworks display.


CANCELLED: Gilbert Centennial 4th of July Celebration. The Town of Gilbert is lining up a classic fireworks show to enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle. Cars will park every other space for safe social distancing. Bring your own food or grab something from the food trucks at the park. 8:30 p.m. Free. Crossroads Park, 2155 E. Knox Road, Gilbert. gibertaz.gov


Drive-in Fireworks Show. The Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom is turning into a drive-in fireworks show. Cars will convene in Fiesta Mall parking lot while sponsor 94.5 KOOL-FM plays patriotic music over the radio.


CANCELLED: All American Festival at Home. As a result of the increase in community spread of COVID-19, the city of Peoria announced Monday, June 29, that it was cancelling the fireworks show previously planned on July 4 at three locations. All-American Festival at Home will be a full day of fun activities accessible from computer screens, mobile devices and TVs.

Queen Creek

Hometown Fourth at Schnepf Farms. The on-site event has been cancelled but Schnepf Farms and the Town of Queen Creek will set off large-shell fireworks that go much higher and can be viewed by east Valley families from the safety of their homes. 9 p.m.


Put on your best red, white and blue outfit to receive $3 off admission at the Butterfly Wonderland ticket window.

Drive-in Movie Night at The Princess. Watch “Sonic the Hedgehog” on a giant, inflatable screen from the comfort and safety of your vehicle with a festive fireworks show during the intermission. Movie begins at 8 p.m. The $60 fee per vehicle includes admission and parking, one bag of popcorn, two bags of cotton candy and four bottles of water.

Scottsdale’s Rockin’ 4th. Scottsdale hosts a drive-up Fourth of July celebration at WestWorld that will start with a parade honoring all of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight including nurses, doctors, police, fire, EMTs, restaurant workers, truck drivers and others. The evening will end with a fireworks show. All proceeds benefit Not My Kid, a non-profit that inspires positive life choices for youth.


CANCELLED: Surprise 4th of July Celebration. Residents are encouraged to participate in  “Glow Off” contest. Details: bit.ly/2NVocmN


4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The city of Yuma will host a 20-minute drive-in fireworks display. 8:45 p.m. at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex, 700 E. 8th St., Yuma.

Virtual events

“Hamilton” on Disney+. Lin Manuel Miranda’s wildly popular Broadway show “Hamilton” will air in movie form on the Disney+ channel just in time for the July 4th holidays.

Kids Club Crafts. This 1-hour Zoom class at 1 p.m. on July 3 will have kids making red, white and blue crafts the whole family can use to celebrate Independence Day. The first 1,000 participants will receive access to the call. 

Let Freedom Sing. Some of Tucson’s greatest musical talents will embrace the patriotic spirit of Southern Arizona at this unique virtual concert. Streaming video is available anytime after 2 p.m. Tickets available by donation starting at $10. arts-express.org

PBS: Capitol Fourth. Tune in to Arizona PBS for a nation-wide celebration of America’s 244th birthday. This all-star salute will feature coverage from cameras all around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation. 7-9:30 p.m.

CNN’s “The Fourth In America” will celebrate the rich diversity of the people who helped build the United States, all while facing the battle against a global pandemic and the continued fight for racial justice. It will stream live for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). 5-9 p.m. Arizona time.

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