The Show Must Go On: Here’s Where to Enjoy 2020 Fireworks in the Valley
Jim Geymont on 26 Jun 2020
It’s no surprise that Independence Day 2020 isn’t going to look the same as celebrations of summers past.
With several Phoenix area celebrations canceled—including the granddaddy of them all, the Fabulous Phoenix 4th celebration—you’ll want to plan ahead if you are looking forward to a fireworks show on this year’s Fourth of July.
Cities that are still planning celebrations will be offering up modified versions of their usual events in order to allow for social distancing and CDC recommendations regarding crowds.
Here is a rundown of shows that are canceled and those that will go on:
The area’s largest event and typically one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire Southwest, “Fabulous Phoenix 4th” has been canceled due to the coronavirus, along with other celebrations at Phoenix’s parks.
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Annual show at Westgate Entertainment District canceled.
The annual Tempe Town Lake’s festival and fireworks have been canceled.
Where to go to still see a show
Like several communities in the Valley, Apache Junction is forgoing an in-person event this year. Superstition Shadows Park, 1091 W. Southern Ave., will host fireworks, with the event beginning at 8:30 p.m. on July 4th. Spectators are encouraged to watch the display from their vehicles in community parking lots or from their own backyards. The show will also be live-streamed. Residents are encouraged to contact the city at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480.983.2181 for a list of limited viewing locations near the park. Check the park and rec’s Facebook page, for the latest updates.
Area residents are being encouraged to enjoy the annual fireworks display from the safety and comfort of their vehicles. Parking at Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Rd., is limited and will open on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th. Fireworks are expected to begin at about 8:45 p.m. Some surrounding streets will be closed, so plan accordingly. To comply with CDC guidelines on large gatherings and physical distancing, the city has canceled live entertainment, food and beverage sales and all other family activities. Visit the city’s website to learn more: buckeye.gov.
The city will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks display as a drive-in event. The festivities will take place at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park, 2525 N. Pinal Ave., with the parking lot open at 7p.m. Fireworks will get under way at 9 p.m. There will be no concessions, so spectators are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks. Alcohol is permitted. Restrooms and handwashing stations will be available. Additional details can be found at casagrandeaz.gov.
The city will join other area communities in hosting its fireworks drive-in style. The show will take place at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., with limited parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles must allow for 30 feet between vehicles. Guests can either watch the display from inside their car or on one side outside their vehicle, within their allotted space. No tailgating, grilling, alcohol, sparkers or carry-in fireworks will be allowed. Park restrooms will be open, but other park amenities will be closed. The event gets under way at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th. Additional details can be found at chandler.gov.
Gilbert will also be hosting a drive-in fireworks, scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. on the 4th at Crossroads Park, 2155 E. Knox Rd. Parking opens at 6:30 p.m. with vehicles parked in alternating spaces to promote social distancing. No more than eight people will be allowed per vehicle space. Several food trucks will be onsite or guests may bring their own food. Restrooms will be open, but other areas of the park will be closed. There will be no drugs, alcohol, smoking, weapons/firearms, drones, glass containers, tents, canopies or personal fireworks allowed. Onsite cooking is prohibited. You can visit gilbertaz.gov for more details.
The city will be holding its annual fireworks display on the 4th as a drive-in event this year. The event will take place at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, with fireworks starting at 8:30 p.m. Spectators will be asked to park in every other space to allow for social distancing. The ballpark will remain closed, but restrooms will be available. Visit goodyearaz.gov for more information.
The Wigwam’s annual Red, White & BOOM celebration has been canceled, but fireworks are still expected to light up the sky at the resort, 300 W. Wigwam Blvd. The resort has partnered with the city of Litchfield Park to create the show for people to watch from afar. The show is slated to start about 9 p.m. on the 4th. Details can be found at litchfieldpark.org.
Mesa’s drive-in fireworks display will take place at the former Fiesta Mall. Guests will be asked to park in alternating parking spaces and may sit outside on one side of their vehicle to ensure social distancing. Face masks or coverings are encouraged. Pre-show entertainment can be accessed on 94.5 FM. The city advises that alcohol, contraband, illegal substances, firearms, weapons, personal fireworks, sparkers, firecrackers, glass bottles, laser pointers, non-ADA-approved motorized carts or scooters, tents and canopies are prohibited. Details are available at Arizona Celebration of Freedom.
The city boasts that its All-American Festival fireworks display will be the largest in the Valley. Taking place beginning at 9 p.m. on the 4th, the city advises that there will be no onsite parking, with fireworks set off from three unannounced venues. Residents are encouraged to view the display from their backyards or online. The festival’s BBQ cook-off, patriotic bike parade and cannonball competition will be broadcast live during the day. Visit peoriaaz.gov to learn more.
A “Patriotic Drive-up Celebration” is planned for the 4th at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd. Gates will open at 7 p.m., with the fireworks show expected to begin at 9 p.m. No walk-ns or drops-offs. All spectators must watch the show from their vehicles and stay within their assigned space. Concessions and alcohol will be available onsite. Tickets are $25 per carload. Visit Scottsdale 4th for details.
Surprise’s festivities will be limited to a 20-minute fireworks show that will be staged around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane. Spectators are asked to watch remotely from home or from within their vehicles. Limited parking will be available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. The fireworks display will take place from 8:40 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit surprizeaz.gov for more information.