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4th of July Events Around the Valley of the Sun

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 1, 2016

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With Independence Day just days away, we have put together a list of some fun Valley events you might want to check out. Be safe and enjoy!

SCOTTSDALE

On Saturday, July 2, you’re invited to celebrate the 4th of July at WestWorld. “Be Red, White and Cool,” as you enjoy West World’s festivities under 300,000 square feet of air conditioned comfort! This is an event the entire family can enjoy with live music, a bull-riding rodeo, food and drinks, and a kids zone. Gates will open at 3pm and the fireworks take off at 9pm. Visit http://scottsdaleindependenceday.com/ for more information.

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4th of July Events Around the Valley of the Sun

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 2, 2015

Happy Fourth of July! We hope you are enjoying friends, family and celebrating our nation’s independence today! If you haven’t figured out where to go tonight for fireworks and festivities, we have put together a list of some fun Valley events you might want to check out!

Be safe and enjoy!

SCOTTSDALE 4th of July at WestWorld: “Be Red, White and Cool,” as you enjoy West World’s festivities under 300,000 square feet of air conditioned comfort! This is an event the entire family can enjoy with live music, food and drinks, and a kids zone. Gates will open at 2pm and the fireworks take off at 9pm. Visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8002963&orgid=31767 to purchase your tickets.

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TEMPE Tempe Town Lake Festival: Join thousands for lakeside festivities on the lawn! Enjoy food, live music, a splash playground for the kids, Miller Lite Beer Gardens for adults, and so much more.  Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks show will begin at 9:15pm. Tickets will be $8 at the gate, but note that children 12 and under have free admission. Visit tempe4th.com for details.

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PHOENIX Fabulous Phoenix Fourth: Come to Steele Indian School Park and enjoy local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverages, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Your little ones will love Kids World which will consist of youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone. You can plan to be there from 6pm to 10pm with the fireworks spectacular at 9:30 pm. Contact 602-262-6862 for details.

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PEORIA 4th of July All American Festival: Multiple stages will be set-up at the Peoria Sports Complex with entertainment for you and the whole family to enjoy. Kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone, Water Zones, and a variety of other activities that will be offered. Concessions and beer will be available as well. Fireworks start at 9:15pm but you can plan to arrive as early as 5pm. Admission is $10 and kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. You can also count on free parking! Contact 623-773-8700 for details.

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GLENDALE Westgate Firework Festival: Head out to Westgate Entertainment District for an eventful evening that is sure not to disappoint! Activities will include live music, great “grab and go” dinner deals, a beer garden, and kid friendly events such as face painting, games and prizes. The show of the night, the firework spectacular, will begin at 9pm. Visit westgateaz.com/fourth or call 623-385-7502 for details.

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SURPRISE 4th of July Celebration: What better way to celebrate America than with baseball and fireworks! Head out to Surprise Stadium for the Rookie League baseball game at 5:30pm and enjoy the fireworks show following the game at 8:30pm. Bring a canned food donation and your admission is free! Contact 623-222-2000 for details.

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CHANDLER

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: Tumbleweed Park will be hosting a traditional fireworks show at 9pm this Fourth of July. You can plan to arrive at 7pm and pay a $5 dollar parking fee (per vehicle). Contact 480-782-3037 for details.

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FOUNTAIN HILLS Fourth at the Fountain: Fountain Park will be treating its guests to live entertainment, a live parachuting demonstration, bounce houses, a beer garden, and food and beverages. Bring the whole family and wrap up this festive night with a fireworks show at 9:30pm. Guests ages 20 and under will be admitted for free. Anyone age 21 and over will pay $5.00. Contact 480-816-5100 for details.

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4 Steps to a Successful Fourth

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 30, 2014

 

 Independence Day is just around the corner, so why not have a 4th of July party? Here’s are four tips to make your celebration a blast!Fireworks

1. Decide on the Guest List
First, be sure to pick a location for your festivities. Will you picnicking in the park, or having a backyard shindig? These factors will help you decide on the number of people you are able to accommodate. Large or small, we know your party will be a hit! Be sure to invite guests in a timely manner, and let them know what time to arrive. Let them know if they need to bring any special items with them, such as bathing suits or bug spray.

2. Festive Decor
Party decorations always make the mood lighter, no matter how dramatic or subtle. Your decorations will depend on your party location. For celebrations at home, you can spruce up your house with patriotic wreaths or a star-spangled garland. If you are outdoors, try adding flair with these colorful bandanna silverware mason jars.

3. Food, Food, Food… and Dessert!
Everyone knows that a great party needs great food, refreshments and, of course, dessert. Plan a potluck to take the pressure off hosting, or ask a few special guests to come early and help with preparations. If you want your party to scream Fourth of July, test your baking skills with this American flag pie, or try this simple 4th of July cheese tray. Looking for something more subtle? Check out these tasty summer BBQ recipes we found on Pinterest.

4. Fireworks
Look into local fireworks shows in your area, or decide on the quantity and variety of fireworks needed for your own event. Whether you are headed to a professional show, or using sparklers in the backyard, always make sure children are properly supervised while they are near these flammables. And remember to plan for proper disposal of used fireworks. We suggest having buckets of water available for firecrackers and sparklers.

Whatever your plans, may you and your loved ones have a happy and safe Independence Day. Be sure to leave comments letting us know how your party planning goes.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the festive recipes and decor on our Red, White & Blue Pinterest Board.

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