Posted by: Toni
June 14, 2013
I grew up in Arizona and I have fond memories of the summertime. Yes, it can be warm outside but as a kid, you hardly notice with all of our pools, sprinklers and splash pads. I also remember getting together with family and friends to watch fireworks on July 4th. There’s nothing that says summer quite like July 4th and, just ask my husband, I have to watch fireworks in person or my holiday is ruined. He won’t make that mistake again!
When it comes to Independence Day celebrations with lots of fireworks and family fun, there’s no better place in Arizona than the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival. Gates will open at 5 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the gate. There will be live local music, rock climbing walls, kid’s activities, games, a food court and of course, lots of time to cool off at the AZCentral.com Splash Playground. There is also the Sally’s BBQ and Pepsi VIP Garden. VIP ticket holders get a special view of the fireworks from a misted area, barbecue dinner and two drinks. VIP tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children 5-12 years old. Children under 5 are free. What most definitely are the best fireworks around will be launched from the Mill Avenue bridge and will be choreographed to patriotic and classical musical. The big show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Check out www.tempe4th.com for ticket information and more event details.
Another way to see Tempe’s fireworks is from the Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave. Guests can enjoy a backyard barbecue, including hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw and chips for $8.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids. Before the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m., there will be putting contests and other family fun. Golfers can also practice their swing on the driving range until 7:30 p.m. Golf reservations can be made by calling 480-350-5275. Parking is $5 and is first come, first served.
Lastly, the Phoenix Zoo will take advantage of their prime location with their own holiday celebration, the 4th of Zoo-ly at The Phoenix Zoo from 7-10 p.m. There will be a catered barbecue dinner at the Lakeside Lawn, carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Kids will be entertained with face painting, airbrushed tattoos, bounce houses, animal discoveries and other activities. This VIP view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m., including a cool treat for all guests. Tickets are $45.00 for adults (13 & up), $35.00 for children (3-12) and children 2 years or younger are free. Call (602) 914-4333 to make a reservation.
I’m having a hard time choosing where I’ll watch Tempe’s fireworks. Good news is, I can’t go wrong. Happy summer and happy 4th of July everyone!