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What fireworks are legal and not legal in Arizona

  If you ask me per the 2nd Amendment ALL fireworks should be legal. After all fireworks are certainly can be used as arms and weapons. Of course over the past 200 years or so most of the Bill of Rights has been flushed down the toilet and in Arizona most fireworks are illegal.

Within the last year or so Arizona passed a law which allows vendors to sell fireworks, even if the fireworks are illegal in the city they are sold in. That only apply to wimpy fireworks lie sparklers and other stuff.

It is still illegal to buy and sell real fireworks that blowup like black cats, M-80 and cherry bombs.


Phoenix fire officials issue caution about illegal fireworks

by Ofelia Madrid - Jul. 1, 2011 08:39 AM

The Arizona Republic

Can you tell the difference between a cylindrical smoker firework and a cylindrical ground sparkler?

One is legal to use in Phoenix, the other is not.

As the Fourth of July approaches and fireworks sales tents, such as the one at Tatum and Shea boulevards, pop up around the Valley, Phoenix fire officials are working diligently to get out the message regarding what is permissible and what is not.

"Most assume that if you can buy it then you can use it," said Capt. Scott Walker, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

That is not true.

In Phoenix, the fireworks that are legal for consumer use like the cylindrical smoker fall into the novelty category, Walker said. Novelty fireworks include morning-glory sparklers, smoke balls, snakes and party poppers.

Then there are the ones that are still sold but their use is illegal in Phoenix.

"There are several that you can still buy and they are illegal," Walker said. "Everybody needs to know what you can and can't use. You really need to check your city's rules."

For Phoenix, that means no to fireworks that include ground-based sparklers, ball and disk ground sparklers and sparkling-wheel devices.

Then there are the fireworks that shoot into the air, explode or detonate. Those are illegal everywhere.

Some organizations like Central Arizona Babe Ruth Baseball League are using fireworks sales to raise money for their groups.

League president Thaddeus Jones, who is overseeing the sales at the Tatum and Shea tent and another on Cactus Road at the Target shopping center, said historically about 50 percent of sales will come on the Fourth of July and another 25 percent the day before.

"This is something new and hopefully we can generate some revenue for the club," Jones said.

Volunteers at the tents refer all questions about what's legal and what isn't to the Fire Department.

"Our best ally is to educate," Walker said. "Making folks aware of the dangers and risks associated from using fireworks."

More complications arise when fireworks are bought in a big variety package.

"There could be 10 different fireworks you can use and an additional 10 you can buy but can't use. There's no way I can explain them all to you," Walker said.

Ultimately, the best thing to do is to leave the fireworks for the professionals, Walker said.

"Shows are regulated by the city, are safe and enjoyable," he said. "Here in Arizona, it's a new phenomenon to have fireworks available for the holidays."

The Fourth of July is typically among the Fire Department's busiest days for fires, so Phoenix staffs more units than normal, Walker said.

Fire officials remind users that even sparklers burn hot, sometimes as much as 1,500 degrees.

"They can catch your clothing on fire or easily start the grass in your yard on fire. There are dangers involved," Walker said. "I'd say the best advice is to just not use them at all."

More on this topic

Phoenix's professional fireworks displays


  • Maryvale Baseball Stadium, 3600 N. 51st Ave., 9 p.m.


  • Wet n' Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, 9:30 p.m.


  • Wet n' Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, 9:30 p.m.
  • Phoenix First Assembly of God, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road, 9 p.m.
  • Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., 9 p.m.
  • Ahwatukee Lakes Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St., 9 p.m.


  • Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., 8:45 p.m.
  • Arizona Country Club, 5668 E. Orange Blossom Lane, 8:45 p.m.
  • Aviano Community Association, 22550 N. Aviano Way, 9 p.m.
  • Steele Indian School Park/Central High, 4425 N. Central Ave., 9:15 p.m.


Consumer fireworks cannot be used within Phoenix limits. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,500 and/or six months in jail. For more on what is legal and illegal in Phoenix contact: Phoenix Fire Prevention Office at 602-262-6771.


July 4th weekend in Scottsdale area can't include fireworks

by Ofelia Madrid and Philip Haldiman - Jul. 1, 2011 09:22 AM

The Arizona Republic

Northeast Valley officials are taking no chances this Fourth of July weekend as they prepare to face the hot holiday amid a new law that allows the sale of some fireworks.

Scottsdale officials plan to close the Scottsdale Preserve at 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday , while Cave Creek officials are encouraging residents to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

"There's no such thing as a safe and sane firework in the desert," Scottsdale Fire Marshal Jim Ford said.. "It just doesn't make sense. They're fireworks. They're still explosive and burning devices. This is what we call a predictable surprise."

The sale of consumer fireworks is legal, but Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and Fountain Hills have all banned their use. The state law allows municipalities to regulate their use within their borders.

Scottsdale firefighters responded June 20 to a brush fire on the Pinnacle Peak hiking trail where a 21-year-old man told investigators that he set off a firework that he believed to be legal. The firework was bought at a fireworks tent in Scottsdale. Such temporary stands have sprung up throughout the Valley as the holiday has drawn near.

"He was using something in a tube that shot fire from the end of the tube," Ford said.

He said people may be confused about what's allowed in the city and what's not.

"People are thinking that any kind of sparkler is a novelty item, but that's not true," Ford said.

A novelty sparkler is a small wire sparkler that sparkles in gold and silver, Ford said. Anything else that burns or shoots balls of flames or sparks is consider a consumer firework and not allowed in city limits, he added.

With so many fireworks purchasing opportunities close to the preserve, a vast area of open desert amid the McDowell Mountains of north Scottsdale, officials are trying to keep out folks who may want to shoot fireworks.

The preserve normally closes at sunset, said Claire Miller, Scottsdale preservation coordinator and preserve manager.

"What we're trying to avoid is the folks trying to slip in at the last minute so they can climb on a high peak to get a good viewing opportunity," she said, in reference to the 3 p.m. closure.

Scottsdale has twice closed the preserve for extended periods of time due to fire threat and reduced resources, but this is the first time it has closed specifically for the July 4 holiday, Miller said.

"A lot of it falls upon resources," she said. "With so many resources tied up on other large-scale fires, it's something the Fire Department continues to monitor."

Miller said there will be a heightened patrol presence Sunday and Monday in the form of public-safety officers, city staff and 40 or more volunteer stewards, who will keep an eye on the major access points into the preserve.

In Cave Creek, extra resources will be brought in to ensure that residents have a safe and festive holiday weekend, officials said.

This year, Harold's Cave Creek Corral will host its annual fireworks celebration Sunday and Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio will sponsor a fireworks display Monday at Frontier Town.

Town Marshal Adam Stein said the town will have two additional tankers this year that will provide an extra 8,000 gallons of water, and that Rural/Metro Fire Department will be providing extra resources and firefighters.

The Marshal's office has worked very closely with Rural/Metro Fire Chief Kraetz to provide an excellent safety plan for both displays, he said.

Consumer fireworks and open fires are illegal within Cave Creek and Carefree town limits.

A careless resident started a brush fire after using illegal fireworks in town last July 3, Stein said. A small brush fire also started in the northeastern part of Cave Creek on June 23, but was quickly put out by Rural/Metro.

Harold's co-owner Danny Piacquadio said with the Wallow and Monument fires still burning, the risks are more at the forefront, but that the public should not be concerned about their safety. If there was a risk to the public, he said, Harold's wouldn't have the event. The establishment has been hosting an annual fireworks display for 15 years, he said.

"We've been doing this in the same spot for a long time now, and consistently taken every measure possible to ensure safety. And we will continue to do so this year," he said. "Actually, the biggest concern is residents shooting off fireworks illegally."

Reporter Beth Duckett contributed to this story.


Fourth of July events in Phoenix area

Jun. 27, 2011 08:43 AM

Check out our list of Fourth of July events held throughout the metro Phoenix area.

June 30

American Kaleidoscope: 7 p.m. This patriotic show was written, produced and directed by Christine Deaton, a Central Arizona College alum. Performers include the Keepsakes, Craig Backstrom, Emily Deaton-Montiel and the Sunwest Community Singers. $10. Performed in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts Studio. Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge. 520-494-5240. www.eeaproductions.com.

July 1

Light Up the Sky: 6:30 p.m. The highlight of this celebration, which has been has been taking place for more than 20 years, is the large fireworks display at 9:10 p.m. There will be 10 or more inflatables, a performance of the national anthem and performances by mariachis and Hispanic bands. Food vendors will be there. Free. Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix. 602-262-6575, www.phoenix.gov.

July 1-2

Celebration of Freedom: 6 p.m. The festival features beer gardens, an art walk, music and street performers, games and family activities. Heritage Lane is filled with inflatable replicas of America's greatest monuments, a 35-foot replica of the USS Arizona, the Veterans Honor Walk and Fallen Heroes Memorial. Saturday events include Motorcycles on Main and East Valley Tribute to America. Sunday events include the American Iron (pre-1975) Classic Car Show, Salt River Brass Band performance and the Missing Man Ceremony. The festival ends with a Salute to America program and fireworks display. Free admission. 58 W. Main St., Mesa. 480-890-2613, www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org.

Patriotic Comedy Shows: 8 and 10 p.m. both nights, with an additional show at 6 p.m. Saturday. Wear patriotic shirts and watch games and scenes are played out around the themes of Fourth of July and America. $10-$12, $8-$10 with $2 discount. Reservations are required and you must ask for the discount when making them. Jester'z Improv Comedy Theater, 7117 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. 480-423-0120, www.jesterzimprov.com.

Independence Weekend Comedy Shows: 8-10 p.m. Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Wear your patriotic shirts and watch as games and scenes are played out with themes of Fourth of July and America. Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m. both nights, with an additional show at 6 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are required, and you must mention the $2 discount when making them. $12 or $10 in advance when mention discount for 8 and 10 p.m. shows , $10 or $8 in advance when mention discount for 6 p.m. Saturday show. Jester'z Improv Comedy Theater, 7117 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. 480-423-0120. www.jesterzimprov.com.

July 1-3

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Hotel guests are invited to see a patriotic fly-over and presentation of the colors ceremony, followed by a concert. Guests can catch the concert broadcast live on screen at the south pool. Special room packages are offered as part of the "Fourth of July Freedom Fest." Call for details and reservations. $199-449 per night, includes concert and fireworks. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive. 480-585-4848. www.fairmont.com/scottsdale.

- Three Dog Night: 7:30 p.m. July 1. This band has sold more than 50 million records of '70s feel-good classics, including such hits as "Joy to the World, "Black and White" and "Shambala." Enjoy a five-minute fireworks display after the concert.

- Zowie Bowie: 7:30 p.m. July 2. This Scottsdale-based band is now a popular act in Las Vegas, presenting hot dance, hip-hop and top 40 hits in a high-energy performance. Enjoy a five-minute fireworks display after the concert.

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting: 7:30 p.m. July 3. He performs music with a current social message to make emotional connections with such hits as "Superman," "100 Years" and "Chances." Enjoy a 20-minute fireworks display after the concert.

Resort Festivities: 10 a.m. Lawn games, a bocce-ball tournament, s'mores and three- to four-course dining options are offered all three days. Featured July 1 is a Core beer experience from 5 to 6 p.m., a nighttime golf-putting challenge from 7:30 to 9 and Ranger Rick's Bug Experience from 8 to 10 p.m. On July 2, a cosmic slide party begins at 7 p.m., followed by a night sky telescope experience. A barbecue buffet is available from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 3 with a free fireworks show on the Brisa lawn July 3 at 8:45 p.m. Open to resort guests and the public. Dining reservations required. $25-$75 dining, $18-$38 barbecue buffet, $15 Core beer experience, free fireworks show. The Ritz-Carlton-Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana. 520-572-3000. .

July 1-4

Fourth of July Weekend Lodging Special: Book two nights and get two nights free. Rooftop viewing of the fireworks at Steele Indian School Park is available. Relax by the pool and stay in a standard room for $99 a night, a junior suite for $109 a night or a one-bedroom, pool-view suite for $129 per night. Must e-mail mac@goclarendon.com and mention the Fourth of July promotion. Clarendon Hotel and Suites, 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-7363, www.theclarendon.net.

Independence Day Menu: 5-10 p.m. A patriotic-themed, prix-fixe menu is prepared by chef Jacques Qualin and bar chef Julie Hillebrand Tomey. Starter choices are chilled watermelon gazpacho, endive and sugar snap peas salad or shrimp cocktail. Entree options are grilled lobster rolls, baby-back ribs or a J&G burger. Desert selections are cherry pie, a trio of ice cream sandwiches or a strawberry sundae. Featured cocktails include a sour cherry Caipirinha, J&G Cream Soda and a blueberry lemonade with Ketel One Citroen. $38. J&G Steakhouse, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 480-214-8000. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.

July 2

Anthem Independence Day Celebration: 6-10 p.m. Highlights include live music, including a performance by the newly crowned Anthem Idol, Dave Hatley; wet and dry inflatables; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages are available. Free. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. 623-742-6050, www.onlineatanthem.com.

The Greencards: 8-10:30 p.m. The concert opens with Rondavous at 8 p.m., followed by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band the Greencards. They perform songs from "The Brick Album," due out June 21. $5-$15. Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. 480-488-1906, www.ticketmaster.com.

Independence Day Celebration: 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner, complimentary watermelon, a Western stage show and an Indian dancer. The evening ends with a patriotic tribute and fireworks display. Reservations required. $32, $22 for ages 3-12. Rockin' R Ranch, 6136 E. Baseline Road, Mesa. 480-832-1539, www.rockinr.net.

Sizzlin Summer Bash: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate in Sedona with pie-eating contests and rock-and-roll and blues performances. Kids activities include face painting and star-spangled crafts. A balloon artist makes animals. Free admission. Oak Creek Brewery hosts a barbecue with sliders, ribs and mini brats. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 336 Arizona 179, Sedona. 928-282-4838, www.tlaq.com.

Independence Day Fireworks Show and Car Show: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. The car show, presented by Art of Noize, features late-model cars and drop-down pickup trucks. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, icy drinks, fruit drinks, ice cream, sodas and beer are available. Chairs and blankets are welcome. A deck with misters is available at the sports bar. $4 admission. Victory Lane Sports Park, 22603 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix. 623-581-6000. www.playvictorylane.com.

July 2-3

Independence Day Weekend: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. In addition to the water slides and other attractions, see fireworks on Saturday and Sunday evening. The shows feature music by KZON 101.5-FM. An all-you-can-eat barbecue offers grilled chicken, hot dogs, salad, Western-style beans, corn on the cob, watermelon and beverages. Admission is $34.99 for those taller than 42 inches, $27.99 for those shorter than 42 inches and age 65 and older, free for age 2 and younger. The barbecue costs $11.99, $9.99 for ages 3-11. Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 623-201-2000, www.wetnwildphoenix.com/Events.asp.

Arts and Crafts Festival: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Browse more than 80 craft booths, featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, hand-woven baskets and hand-knitted and crocheted items. The fire department hosts a pancake breakfast, and the senior center serves Navajo tacos. There is also a quilt raffle. For the kids, there is a playground, clowns and face painting. Free admission. Pine Community Center, Arizona 87, north of Hardscrabble Mesa Road and south of Randall Drive. 928-978-0469. www.pinestrawberryartscrafts.com.

Resort Special: Stay at the resort and enjoy an afternoon barbecue prepared by chef Mel Mecinas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 2 and 3. The meal includes sirloin burgers, grilled chicken breast, bratwurst, slow-roasted pork shoulder, fingerling potato salad and coleslaw. Live music, smoothies, mint-scented towels and snow cones are available at the pool from 2 to 4 p.m. Room packages are available. Barbecue available to resort guests only. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and checkout is at noon. $129-$184 room rate per night, $11-$19 for barbecue. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive. 480-513-5039. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.

July 3

Cave Creek's Third of July Fireworks: 5 p.m. The celebration starts with a barbecue followed by live music by EastonAshe outdoors and Young Country indoors. The party also features drink specials, prizes, face painting and the Games2U Mobile Video Theater. Call for reservations. Free admission. Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. 480-488-1906, www.haroldscorral.com

Independence Day Music Festival: 5 p.m. The headliner is country singer Blake Shelton, a vocal coach on NBC's talent show "The Voice." Other performers are Crystal Bowersox, the runner-up on the ninth season of "American Idol," and Casey James, a third-place finalist on the same show. Fireworks cap off the evening. Gates open at 5 p.m. $18.50-$92. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. 480-270-5000, www.saltriverfields.com.

Fireworks Party: 6 p.m. This adults-only party offers guests two complimentary cocktails, live entertainment, patio seating for the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres. Buffet items include barbecue pork empanadas, smoked corn enchiladas and mac and cheese. Call to purchase tickets. $50. Red Allen's at the Wigwam, the Wigwam, 451 Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. 623-535-4973. www.wigwamresort.com/dining.html.

Lon's BBQ: 5-8 p.m. The barbecue offers five starters and features smoked prime rib, jidori chicken and Mexican street corn. Desserts choices are Lon's Cowboy Candy Bar, Schnepf's Farm apple cobbler and angel food cake. Dine inside or on the patio. Menu available online. There is also musical entertainment, and diners can take in the local fireworks shows. Reservations required. A two-night holiday package at the Hermosa Inn begins at $239, and includes a room, the barbecue, Sunday brunch, drinks and appetizers in the Last Drop Bar, and breakfast for two. $59, $19 for age 12 and younger. Lon's at the Hermosa, Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. 602-955-8614. www.lons.com.

Lake Pleasant Fireworks Show: 5-10 p.m. Family activities include trackless train rides, bounce houses, water slides and live DJ music. RV, car and ATVs are displayed. The Perfect Poise Car Club shows hot rods and "chopped down" trucks. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available, including hot dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers, carne asada, snow cones, ice cream, soda, lemonade and water. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. $10 parking, free admission. Pleasant Harbor RV Resort, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria. 928-501-5253. www.pleasantharbor.com.

July 3-4

Parking Lot Picnic Party: 7 p.m. Celebrate with an all-American picnic, featuring chilled cocktails and beer, a beer garden and outdoor festivities. Late-night menu options include the Big Earl burger, french fries, onion rings, grilled cheese sandwiches and mozzarella sticks. Also bring a chair or blanket for views of neighboring firework displays. Free admission, menu prices vary. Big Earl's Greasy Eats, 6135 E. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. 480-575-7889. www.bigearlsgreasyeats.com.

July 4

All American Festival: 5-10 p.m. Peoria's celebration features live music on multiple stages, a kids zone, water zone, hot-dog-eating contest, family activities and fireworks. There is also an F-16 flyover. $5, free for age 12 and younger. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. 623-773-8700, peoriasportscomplex.com.

Hometown Fireworks Celebration: A co-ed volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m., followed by swimming from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. A kids zone offers bounce houses, water slides and games from 6-9 p.m.; free watermelon is available. Judging for a bicycle-, tricycle- and wagon-decorating contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Classic rockers One Minute Millionaires perform from 7-9 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Free admission. Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. 480-983-2181, www.ajcity.net/events.

Fourth of Zoo-Ly: 6-10 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue dinner on the zoo's lakeside lawn, free carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay. Face painting, bounce houses and special guests and music are planned. Get a VIP view of the fireworks at Tempe Town Lake at 9 p.m., and cool treats will be served. Beer and wine are available. Reservations required. $40, $35 for ages 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. 602-273-1341, www.phoenixzoo.org.

Celebrate the Fourth of July: Noon. This family event features nine water slides, bungee jumping, climbing walls, pony rides and electric swings. There also are crafts tents for kids, contests, games and giveaways. Four bands will perform and food vendors are available. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Tickets available at Prescott City Hall, Grace Sparks Activity Center, Freedom Station and Fry's Markets. Use your wristband after July 4 at Freedom Station for one free round of miniature golf or one attraction. Free parking and shuttle at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. $15, $12 in advance. Pioneer Park, 1200 Commerce Drive, Prescott. 928-777-1349, www.cityofprescott.net/events/index.php.

Surprise Fourth of July Celebration: 5:30 p.m. Watch a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; the game begins at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands offer food and beverages. A 20-minute fireworks show set to patriotic music follows the game at about 8:30 p.m. Tickets are required, with a limit of six per family. Early pickup recommended at Community & Recreation Services Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Free admission. Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. 623-222-2000, www.surpriseaz.com/specialevents.

Star-Spangled Shoot Out: 5 p.m. Rawhide Western town presents cowboys, gunfights, live music and food. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. $10, free for age 5 and younger. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. 480-502-5600, www.rawhide.com/calendar.html.

Great American Picnic: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. This old-fashioned picnic features a pig roast, bike show, live music, pet parade and games. Swimming pool available for a fee. There also will be a beer garden and raffles. Free admission. Globe Community Center, 1274 S. Hagen Road. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201485379893153.

Lake Powell Fireworks Display: 9 p.m. July 4. This annual celebration is at the Lake Powell National Golf Course and is among the largest fireworks displays in northern Arizona. Free. Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, 100 Lake Shore Drive, Page. 928-645-2433, www.azpyro.com.

Queen Creek Fourth of July: 5-10:15 p.m. There will be bounce houses, water rides, food and merchandise vendors and live music. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. $10 per car. Schnepf Farms, 24810 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. 480-888-1709, queencreekchamber.org.

Tempe Town Lake Festival: 4 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs, grab a spot on the lawn and hear bands perform rock, folk, pop and country music. Kids activities include bounce houses, rock walls, face painting and relay races. VIP packages including misted seating, a barbecue dinner and two drink tickets are available. Fireworks are choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Food for sale includes hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, fry bread and snow cones. Tickets available at Valley Fry's Food Stores and various city of Tempe locations. $30-$60 VIP barbecue, $15 for two in advance, $8 for one at the gate, $6 in advance, $5 at city of Tempe locations, free for age 12 and younger and those with current military ID. Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. 480-350-5189, www.tempe4th.com.

Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth: 6 p.m. The patriotic program includes an F-16 flyover. Entertainers perform on three stages. More than 50 booths include food and beverage vendors and community displays. A kids zone offers inflatables and activities. Fireworks wrap up the evening. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-262-6412, phoenix.gov/parks/fabphx4.html.

Splash Bash: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Highlights include swimming and water games. Kids can dive for pennies and nickels in the play pool and cash in their loot for prizes. A biggest-splash contest and wet-shirt family relay will be held. A DJ will play music. Free watermelon. $2, free with recreation swim pass. Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. 623-935-9040, www.litchfield-park.org.

Fire in the Sky: 7-9 p.m. A fireworks show is accompanied by a tailgate and lawn party. Spectators are asked to donate canned or non-perishable food items. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and food. Text "Fireworks" to 83990 or see website for details. Free. www.gilbertaz.gov/calendar/eventDetail.cfm.

- Central Christian Church of the East Valley Gilbert Campus, 965 E. Germann Road, Gilbert.

- Campo Verde High School, 3870 S. Quartz Street, Gilbert.

- Gilbert Soccer Complex, 4260 S. Greenfield Road.

Freedom Parade: 8 a.m. Decorate a bike, stroller, skateboard, golf carts, wagons and even your pets and yourself to join this neighborhood parade or come out to watch the half-hour march. After the parade, participate in a red, white and blue contest to win prizes and compete in a water balloon toss. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Donations go to Packages From Home, which sends care and comfort packages to deployed American military personnel. Free, donations accepted. Mescal Park, 11015 N. 68th St., Scottsdale. 602-570-0303. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/mescal.asp.

Great American Picnic: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. This old-fashioned family picnic features a pig roast. Highlights include a bike show, live music, a patriotic pet parade and games. On-site swimming pool available for a fee. There is also a beer garden and raffles. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Presented by American Legion Riders Henry Berry Post 4. Globe Community Center, 1274 S. Hagen Road. Free admission. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201485379893153.

Old Fashion 4th of July: 6-9 p.m. Family activities include sack races, an egg toss and a watermelon-eating contest. A DJ provides music. Food and beverages are available. Lawn chairs are recommended. A fireworks display begins at dark. Free. Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye. 623-349-6604. www.buckeyeaz.gov.

The July Four: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. . Pick up a patriotic package featuring a half-pound of hand-sliced smoked brisket, a half-pound of seasoned pulled pork, four large barbecue buns and a five-ounce bottle of signature barbecue sauce to bring out to picnics and fireworks shows. $17.76. Bobby Q, 8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. 602-995-5982. www.bobbyq.net.

July Fourth Celebration VIP Package: 4 p.m. The festival is filled with family activities, including face painting, live entertainment, food vendors and a desert sky fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. The VIP package features a buffet dinner served in the Geronimo Ballroom and free parking. VIP package must be purchased by July 1. $55 registration after June 24, $45 registration by June 24, $15 age 12 and younger. Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, 1 Otero Road. 520-398-3531. www.tubacgolfresort.com.

4-Cent Sangria: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The pizzeria offers its signature recipe white sangria with fresh-cut fruit for 4 cents each. One glass per customer. La Grande Orange Grocery, 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix. 602-840-7777. www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com.

$4 Entrees: 11 a.m. Purchase one entree and get the second for $4. Look for selections like Dixie pan-fried chicken, rib-eye steak tacos and brussels sprouts salad. Add such drinks as a house-infused prickly-pear tequila margarita or Lucy's "spiked" lemonade. Dessert options are available, including red velvet cake and chocolate nouveau. Menu prices vary, $4 for second entree. Chelsea's Kitchen, 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix. 602-957-2555. www.chelseaskitchenaz.com.

2011 Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: 4-10:30 p.m. Activities include a kids carnival, dunk tank, 35-foot water slide, water-balloon wars, 24-foot rock climbing wall and games. A push, pull, pedal and bicycle parade is featured at 6 p.m. Live music is performed beginning at 7 p.m. A fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverage vendors are on-site. Presented by the Chandler Lions Club and the city of Chandler. $5 parking, free admission. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. 480-236-9123. www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=162.

July 8

Let's Celebrate Independence Day: 6:30 p.m. Dance the night away to the music of the Colorado Connection, playing tunes from the 1950-1990s. Cash bar. Tickets available online or at the door, while supplies last. $10. Sonoran Plaza, 19753 N. Remington Drive, Surprise. 480-491-8121, www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?theatre=scg.



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