Tempe – The annual Tempe Town
Lake Festival will be held at Tempe
Beach Park on Friday, July 4.
Enjoy great food, music, facepainters,
relay races and a free inflatable
village for all ages. Gates open at 5 p.m.
General admission tickets will be on
sale for $6 through July 4 at all Fry’s
stores and $5 at various city of Tempe
outlets such as Parks and Recreation
Administration Office, 3500 S. Rural
Road (Second floor, Tempe Public
Library); Kiwanis Recreation Center,
6111 S. All American Way; Escalante
Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St.;
or the Tempe Transit Store, 200 E. Fifth
Where: Mill Avenue and Rio Salado
Chandler – Celebrate America’s
independence with the city of Chandler
and Chandler Lion’s Club at the
Tumbleweed Park firework celebration
on July 4. Admission is free and gates
will open at 5 p.m. Activities include
music, food and drink, games for the kids
and a bike parade. The firework show
will begin at 9:30 p.m. Parking is $5 per
Where: 745 E. Germann Road.
Chandler– For a change of pace
from the usual July 4 celebrations,
Rawhide is hosting “A Star Spangled
Shoot Out” this year. Celebrate the night
with entertainment from Rawhide’s
tough cowboys, gunfights, food, live
music, balloon artists and fireworks
display. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Where: 5700 W. Tham Yog North
Queen Creek – Join in on the July
4 celebration and help feed the hungry
at Schnepf Farms this year. Activities
include face painting, giveaways and a
watermelon-eating contest. Gates open
at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show will
begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per car
or 10 cans of food. You can pre-purchase
tickets at the Safeway on Power and
Queen Creek road.
Where: 22601 E. Cloud Road.
Ahwatukee– Celebrate our nation’s
independence a day early in Ahwatukee
at the “Red, White and Boom Fireworks
Festival” celebration at Ahwatukee
Country Club. Enjoy great food, games
and live music. Doors open at 4 p.m.,
fireworks at 9. Admission is free.
Where: 12432 S. 48th St.
Note: You can purchase fireworks
just about anywhere but shoot them off
practically nowhere. Here’s a short list
of areas where it is illegal at all times:
Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale,
Cave Creek, Avondale, Buckeye,
Maricopa County and Pinal County.