Valley of the Sun

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 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 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 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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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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Arizona MAME Awards

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 15, 2015


The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona Major Achievement in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards returned on Saturday night, May 2.  The elegant black tie event was held again at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale.













This prestigious awards competition recognizes the exemplary efforts of builders and land developers; interior designers and architects; and sales managers and sales associates who make the home building industry in the Valley of the Sun one of the nation’s leaders.

It was a great night with very stiff competition. The HBACA reported a 160% increase in entries this year over last and the turnout was more than 450 of the best in the industry. It was a fantastic night and wonderful to see the local Arizona market thriving.

Shea Homes was a finalist in eight categories and was proud to accept the following awards:

  • Best Digital Virtual Tour
  • Best Magazine Ad – We Build Happily Ever Afters, Arizona Weddings Magazine
  • Best Billboard – We Build Dreams, Johnson Ranch

Shea Homes Arizona was also proud to be recognized for the following achievements and stellar team members:

  • Sales Achievement – 16 Community Representatives were recognized for 2014 achievements
  • Administrative Team Member of the Year – Lisa Hoffer
  • Construction Team Member of the Year – Nicklaus Wright
  • Warranty/Quality Assurance Team Member of the Year – Cindy Pedersen


This would not be possible without the contribution of the entire Shea Homes Arizona team!

Congratulations to those who received specific commendations, and congratulations to the whole team who work with such great dedication to Enhancing people’s lives.

And a very special thank you to all of our Shea Homeowners! We are proud that you have chosen Shea to build your families’ home!

For more information on energy efficient living at Shea Homes and what we’re up to at the Arizona division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, get inspired with us on Pinterest, and learn about all things homebuilding on our YouTube channel.


Easter Events Around the Valley

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 2, 2015

Aside from the goodies in the baskets on Easter morning and a stuffed bunny or two, kids love the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Whether you’re planning to host a neighborhood egg hunt or a smaller version of one for your own family, you’re going to face the challenge of finding creative hiding places for those little treasure seekers.

One good rule of thumb when making preparations for the egg hunt is to list the hiding place of each of the eggs on a piece of paper so that they can be checked off as they’re found. Remember, when choosing spots to conceal eggs, always think of safety first.

There are several places you can hide Easter eggs indoors like, cereal boxes, in slippers, inside a piano, behind a photo, in a cookie jar, among stuffed animals, in between books on a bookcase, a toy box, and in between leaves in a potted plant.


If you and the family are looking for a fun event this weekend check out AZ Central’s event page at:  Here are a few to look at:

4/4 – 4/5 Egg Hunt at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium

Go celebrate Easter with some furry friends. The Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium will be filled with thousands of eggs this weekend. Bring your kids out to search for the eggs over two days. Hunts will be held at 12:30 p.m. for age seven or younger and at 2:30 p.m. for eight or older. The egg hunt comes with admission to the zoo. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $32 for adults and $15.25 for ages three to 12. For more information visit

4/5 Easter Egg Hunt at Cottonwood Country Club

A whistle will blow at 9 a.m. to signal the start of the annual Easter egg hunt at Cottonwood Country Club. Children can rush to gather hundreds of eggs filled with goodies. Some patches of grass will have age restrictions on them. The Easter bunny will also be present to talk to kids and take pictures with them. For more information call 480-440-0849 or visit

4/5 Easter Eggstravaganza at Rawhide

There will be more than 15,000 eggs at Rawhide this weekend for kids to find. Cowboy cottontail, the Easter Bunny out at Rawhide, will hide the eggs for kids to begin hunting at 11 a.m. There will also be other events, like a water balloon toss, candy corral and rides. Admission is free and it is $5 to park. For more information go to