Fourth of July Activities in Phoenix AZ

Celebrating the Fourth of July is an American tradition nationwide. Standard public events are centered around large crowds gathering to watch fireworks and light shows. In Phoenix, the community has several events and activities to spend quality time with family and friends on the nation's birthday.

Backyard Blowouts and Private Parties

For small groups who prefer an intimate setting and personal party, a backyard barbecue with games, drinks and great food is an option. A quick trip to a local party supply store to pick up red, white and blue items such as paper goods, stars-and-stripes decorations, hats and balloons will supplement at-home party needs. Board games, card , trivia and even relay games can be played during the day in a large park or backyard by inviting family and friends along to enjoy the celebration. For small groups with less than 50 people, setting up early in the morning at a smaller neighborhood park is an alternative to throwing a backyard bash. For larger groups, some parks such as Encanto Park or North Mountain Park can be reserved, depending on availability and on-site location.

Freedom Wireless Fabulous 4th

For those looking for a large gathering and want to go all out for the Fourth, planning ahead for the annual Freedom Wireless Fabulous 4th celebration is a popular choice. The event , located at Steele Indian School Park, usually kicks off at 6 p.m. and features several entertainment stages and a huge fireworks display. Kids are welcome at KidsWorld, an area at the event where inflatables and games are set up. This free event also includes several vendors selling various food and drinks as well as Independence Day-themed items. Guests can bring coolers, backpacks and their own food, however, alcohol and pets are prohibited at the park. Steele Indian School Park 300 East Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85012-1853 602-262-6412 phoenix.az.us

Enchanted Island Amusement Park

To take an adventure to an enchanted land where every day is full of festivities, a trip to the Enchanted Island Amusement Park is an idea off the beaten path of recreational parks and barbecues. The amusement park includes nine rides and several attractions, arcade games and all the amenities of an amusement park including prizes, cotton candy, hot dogs and ice cream. Admission to the park is free; guests only pay for their food and entertainment. The park is also available for large groups and to accommodate company outings with customizable entertainment packages. Enchanted Island Amusement Park 1202 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85007 602-254-1200 enchantedisland.com

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