These are some of the events that occurred on July 4th.
Are you ready to show your support for the red, white, and blue in Greater Phoenix? Food trucks, fireworks, and air shows are all part of the traditional Fourth of July celebrations, with others choosing for a drive-in alternative to preserve social distance. We’ve also compiled a list of ways to celebrate from the comfort of your own home, whether it’s through an activity or by watching fireworks on TV.
This year, you may still enjoy a traditional Fourth of July celebration: various locations are hosting fireworks, BBQ, and live music.
Are you concerned about social isolation? You won’t even have to leave your car because many of these events are held in a drive-in manner.
Freedom Fest on July 4th
The Princess is going all out for its Fourth of July Freedom Fest, which will take place over the weekend.
Enjoy a vintage air show with more than 28 historic military aircraft flying over the
resort, as well as multiple movie screens across the property displaying classic patriotic films,
barbeque boxes to dine on the property or at home, and a vintage air show with numerous movie screens playing classic patriotic films.
Finish each night with a traditional Fourth of July firework display.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
A great time to visit the zoo.
Fireworks can be exchanged for flamingos. Enjoy a driving tour of the Phoenix Zoo this Fourth of July weekend,
which lets tourists to see a variety of Zoo animals such as flamingos, giraffes, elephants, and more while maintaining safe social distance.
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Papago Park, Phoenix
For the seventh year in a row, this Fourth of July celebration returns, but this time it’s all about drive-in style to preserve social distance.
Find an excellent parking place to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display set against the McDowell Mountains,
as well as delicious hot dogs, tacos, seltzers, and other treats.
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
Many people are likely to choose to stay at home or attend a modest gathering to commemorate Independence Day this year.
And if you’re one of them, we’ve got you covered there as well. With these recipes and local recommendations,
there’s no need to lose any of the taste or customs.
Brews, Reds, and Whites
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour has created the perfect cocktail for your holiday gathering: Three-Ring Circus. These mixology experts are doing their job correctly (although this one isn’t for the kids) if you’re already nostalgic about rocket pops from the ice cream man. Remember to add a squeeze of lime and a pinch of Peychaud bitters. Check out these Summer Cocktail Recipes from Phoenix-Area Hotels and Resorts if you’re not the type of host who keeps bitters and syrups on hand. Bitter & Twisted is temporarily closed, but you may learn more about them by clicking here.
Organize a Hot Dog Eating Contest of Your Own
On July 4, the Nathan’s Famous Corporation’s original restaurant in Coney Island hosts the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Joey Chestnut successfully defended his championship last year, coming out on top with 71 hot dogs following a record-breaking performance. While we don’t recommend aiming for gold on this one, it is a massively popular custom that may encourage
you to fire up the grill (Nathan’s has some fantastic recipes here) or pick up some franks from your favorite local establishment
– check out our hot dog roundup for suggestions.
P.S. The competition is broadcast on television, and you should watch it at least once in your life.
Local Merchandise for a Local Charity
State Forty Eight has collaborated on designs with local organizations like as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the USO,
all with the hopes of raising funds and awareness for various causes. Luis Gonzalez, a 19-year MLB veteran whose game-winning hit
sealed the Dbacks’ first and only World Series triumph, collaborated with the clothing business to create a stars and stripes design this spring.
Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes, his foundation, will receive $5 from each shirt sold.
While supplies last, men’s and women’s styles are available.
Participate In A Patriotic Fun Run
On a virtual run, join forces with thousands of runners from coast to coast. Avoid the throngs at the starting line and
finish the race whenever it fits into your holiday weekend schedule. Bonus: many of the races will mail you a race, bib, T-shirt, and/or finisher’s medal
(price and swag vary by event). Explore the races on our events calendar and invite your friends and family.
Visit a Historic Site in the Area
Earlier this year, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), located near Scottsdale, announced that the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River is now open. But you don’t want to wait until December to visit this salute to service. The outdoor memorial is an outline of the exact length and width of the USS Arizona — indicated with more 1,500 commemorative columns that illuminate — to honor the brave individuals that served aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial is open to the public daily, from dawn until dusk. Find them on Facebook for additional information.
PBS Presents A Capitol Fourth
Tune in to Arizona PBS (8.1) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. MST on the 4th of July for an nation-wide celebration of America’s 244th birthday. This all-star salute will feature coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation. For additional Independence-inspired activities, including the American History Quiz and 4th of July coloring pages, streaming fireworks displays, visit PBS.org.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
NBC’s presents the 43rd annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular returns for a night of sparkling skies and music stars. Co-hosted by Derek Hough and Ciara, this year’s show will feature the biggest names in music — Luke Bryan, Khalid, Maren Morris and Brad Paisley — followed by an unparalleled barrage of color, light and sound, live from the Brooklyn Bridge. Viewers can expect more than 70,000 shells, in 28 colors, and effects from the bridge and four nearby barges. To view the 25-minute display, just tune into our local NBC station, 12 News, stream the show live either on NBCNewYork.com, or use the NBC mobile app by entering your cable provider information.
July 4th with the National Archives
For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States that includes a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family
Tour American Museums and Historical Sites
This year, virtual tours continue to rise in popularity. And while there are countless new attractions to “visit,” we invite you to take a step back in America’s history this 4th of July with a virtual tour of select museums and historical sites. Institutions from sea to shining sea have opened their digital doors to offer free online looks at their exhibits. This Independence Day, get the entire family together and check out the Statue of Liberty, NASA, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History or George Washington’s Mount Vernon.