This year, 4th of July festivities are going to look a little different than they usually do – but there are still plenty of celebrations planned. If you’re looking for the best places to see fireworks in and around Scottsdale, this list will get you started.
4th of July 2020: Where to See Fireworks
These are the cities that still have fireworks displays planned:
- Apache Junction
- Litchfield Park
- Queen Creek
Here’s a closer look at what each one has planned, starting with Scottsdale.
4th of July 2020 in Scottsdale
A 4th of July parade takes place just before a drive-in concert at WestWorld of Scottsdale (Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers are headlining). Tickets for the concert are based on how close to the stage you want to be, but you don’t have to attend the concert to see the fireworks. Fireworks are $25 per car (although VIP tickets, which include parking for up to three cars, a catered dinner and premium viewing, are available for $570). Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Get more info here.
There’s also a July 4 celebration at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess that kicks off on July 2 and runs through Independence Day, but it’s limited to nightly fireworks shows. There’s a vintage air show on July 4 at 4:45 p.m., but attendance is limited to those who are staying at the resort or who dine at one of the resort’s restaurants on that day. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Apache Junction
The Apache Junction fireworks display will be at Apache Junction High School, on the track. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Buckeye
Buckeye’s annual fireworks show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at Youngker High School. The school’s parking lot opens to the public at 7:30 p.m., but there’s limited space. You can watch the fireworks from outside the school or from inside your vehicle in the school parking lot. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Chandler
Chandler is sticking to just the fireworks this year, where you can see the show from Tumbleweed Park. Parking lots open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Parking spots are first-come, first-served, and once the lot is full, it’s being closed. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Gilbert
You can see fireworks from Crossroads Park in Gilbert, where parking opens at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. Only every other spot is open, and you can watch the fireworks from your vehicle or from within 5 feet of it. There will be food trucks, but you can bring your own food (you just can’t grill there). No alcohol, personal fireworks, tents or glass containers allowed. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Goodyear
Goodyear’s fireworks display is going to last 20 minutes, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. this year. You can head to the Goodyear Ballpark to see them, where the parking lot opens at 7 p.m. (and there’s overflow parking if the lot fills). You can bring snacks and water, and you can tailgate outside your vehicle – but you can’t cook or bring a tent. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Litchfield Park
The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park is putting on a fireworks show that starts at 9 p.m., but only people staying at the resort or who have a reservation at Red’s Bar & Grill are allowed on the property. If that’s not you, you can watch the show from outside the resort property.
4th of July 2020 in Maricopa
The city of Maricopa is hosting two fireworks shows at 9 p.m. – one on the north end of town and the other on the south end of town. The shows start at the same time and last 15 minutes each. There’s no on-site parking, so the city asks people to watch the fireworks from their own homes.
4th of July 2020 in Mesa
Mesa’s drive-in fireworks show is best viewed from the parking lot of the Fiesta Mall (now closed). The show starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Cars will park in every other space, and you can bring food, non-alcoholic drinks, chairs and blankets, but there are no vendors coming. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Peoria
Peoria’s setting off three fireworks displays around the city, but it hasn’t disclosed any locations – you’ll have to view from home starting at 9 p.m. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Queen Creek
Queen Creek’s fireworks this year will take place at Schnepf Farms. There will be DJs, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine, and a 30-minute show. General admission gets you a parking spot (it’s $25 per vehicle), and you can only buy them on Schnepf Farms’ website here. Tickets are not being sold at the gate. Get more info here.
4th of July 2020 in Surprise
Surprise’s fireworks are going off near Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane at 8:40 p.m., and the display lasts 20 minutes. There’s limited parking available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park, but the city is asking people to watch from home if possible. Get more info here.
What Cities Have Cancelled 4th of July 2020 Celebrations?
Here’s a list of cities that won’t have 4th of July 2020 celebrations:
- Fountain Hills
Fort McDowell Casino and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, which usually have big celebrations, have both cancelled 4th of July 2020 fireworks displays, as well.
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