Country music superstar Miranda Lambert brings her beautiful voice and body to Scottsdale for an Independence Day spectacular sure to delight the entire family with a pre-party starting at 3pm and concert gates opening at 5:00; boasting the Valley’s largest fireworks show. Miranda Lambert is the reigning Queen of Country music with all four of her albums going platinum and has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association & Academy of Country Music. If her music accolades were not enough, she was also named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People & Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Joining Miranda will be a flashback name from the 90’s – Darius Rucker, former front-man for Hootie & the Blowfish. In 2008, Rucker released Learn to Live on Capitol Records Nashville and it was a smash with 3 number one singles. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, I assume that country music has always been a part of him.
One of my favorite places in the Valley is Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse. I loved it when they were up in North Scottsdale, but since they made the move down south to the Gila River Indian Reservation, it is so much better! This year’s celebration has it all including cowboys, gunfights, food, fun, family and fireworks! Attractions & Entertainment include live music throughout town, a strolling balloon artist for kids (and adults), action packed performances and an incredible aerial fireworks display. The $10 admission charge includes all attractions as well as the fireworks display. Military and Gila River Indian Community members receive a dollar off admission and children 5 and under are free.
Flagstaff has always been a little different than the rest of the state and their Independence Day celebration is no different. The entire city celebrates the Fourth at different areas throughout the day. Beginning at 9am in downtown Flagstaff is the 16th Annual 4th of July Parade with over 100 entries. At noon, be sure to head over to Wheeler Park for an entire day of food, music & family fun including four bands, a food court, jumping castles and crafts for the kids. If you are so inclined, at 3:30 pm the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra will be at the Pepsi Amphitheater in Fort Tuthill, so bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a stirring, celebratory red, white & blue concert. Once the sun starts setting, it is time for fireworks! The Flagstaff Mall and Marketplace in conjunction with the City of Flagstaff present a Fire-Safe Fireworks show at 9pm but encourage you to show up early to pick out your spot.
Along the picturesque Tempe Town Lake just north of downtown Tempe will be giant fireworks spectacular. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Fry’s Food stores throughout the Valley. Day of tickets will be $8 each or 2 for $15, military members with valid ID and children 12 and under are FREE. For those looking to make a lovely evening out of it, there is the Sally’s B-B-Q VIP Garden. Tickets are $60 and include a seat witha great view of the show, an awesome dinner of either pulled pork or chicken sandwich with beans, chips, fruit and a chocolate pretzel wand. Two drink tickets are also included and can be redeemed for beer, soda or water. The gates open at 5pm and their will be ton of things for everybody in the family to do. There will be an area called the Family Fun Fest which will offer a FREE inflatable village, not just a jumping castle here and there but an entire village! Also in the area will be a variety of rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting, relay races and many other specialty entertainment items including the Splash Playground. A food court will also be on hand with favorites like dogs, burgers, Macayo’s Mexican food, roasted corn, fry bread, snow cones & ice cream. For those looking for an adult beverage, fret not, there will also be a beer garden to cool you down. Live music will be provided by five bands running the gamut from folk to reggae before and after the fireworks show. The Color Guard from Luke Air Force Base will also be on hand for a ceremonial presentation of the colors and a patriotic F-16 flyover at 7:30 pm and the fireworks begin around 9:20pm.
It was rumored that the annual traditional fireworks display on Tucson’s ‘A’ mountain put on by the City of Tucson was going away. Thankfully, for many Tucsonans, the free show will go on as scheduled. In the past, thousands have descended upon the Tucson Convention Center for a great view of the spectacular. This year, there will be many food vendors, a beer garden and the Southern Arizona Mustang Club will have a classic car show.
This one sounds like a blast for those on the Northwest side of the Valley of the Sun. There will be three stages of music; Chevellon on the Country stage, Vintage Rocket on the Rock stage and Radio Disney on the Kid’s Stage. There will also be two water zones of refreshing fun including a snow slide with 12 tons of snow! For the adventurous types, there will be zip-lining and a mechanical bull for you to try. Just when you thought that was all, there is also inflatables, face painting and a rock wall for the kids and Sonic will be sponsoring a foot-long hot dog eating contest. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase or you can bring a cooler with food and/or non-alcoholic beverages. It will be first come, first serve festival seating on the grass so bring your lawn chairs and blankets but leave any portable canopies at home and be marveled by an F-16 flyover at 7pm and the fireworks around 9:15pm. Admission is only $5 for those 13 years and older,12 and under are FREE.