4th of July in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Adam Haught

Looking for something fun to do over the Fourth of July weekend? Scottsdale’s family friendly celebrations for Independence Day 2020 include everything from fireworks displays and air shows to poolside deejays and off-road adventures. Here’s the inside scoop on the best local celebrations.


Scottsdale’s Fourth of July Celebration

It's a patriotic drive-up celebration!  Great food and drink including All American hot dogs, tacos from The Original Taco Truck (including a vegan option), beverages and bar.  Gates open at 7:00 p.m and a dazzling fireworks display begins at 9:00 p.m. 




Grab the family, load up the car and cruise the Phoenix Zoo’s lushly landscaped paths. It’s a fun, cool and socially distanced way to see giraffes, elephants, flamingos and many more furry and feathered friends! Feeling festive? Decorate your car in its best Fourth of July red, white and blue. Tickets are first-come, first-served and must be purchased in advance online.  


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Fourth of July weekend is back and better than ever! Spend your days celebrating poolside, then reserve the evenings for culinary adventures at one of the resort’s four on-property restaurants. Each day will include fun events like dive-in movies and a vintage air show, and at night, an unforgettable fireworks display lights up the night. There’s something for all ages this year at the Princess!


Hotel Valley Ho

Soak up some sun under the palms this Fourth of July weekend at Old Town Scottsdale’s mid-century modern hideaway, Hotel Valley Ho! Visit ZuZu to try inventive cuisine or cool off with an over-the-top “Show Stopper” Shake. Outside at OH Pool, enjoy cocktails and light fare while relaxing to chill, DJ-spun beats on Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is celebrating our nation’s birthday with their signature Red, White and Boom Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4!  Before the show, make a splash at the resort’s 2.5-acre water playground, which boasts 10 pools, a 30-foot high-speed waterslide, and a spacious, sandy beach. Kids will love the beachside Fun Zone, which includes a putting green, ping-pong, giant chess and an oversized Connect Four.


The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Celebrate freedom with a getaway to this locally owned oasis! Amenities include private guest room entry, open-air corridors, five pools, and all the space you need to feel free and unwind. Soak up the vitamin D and fresh air while relaxing poolside, enjoy family friendly outdoor games on the resort’s spacious grounds, or groove to DJ-spun tunes at the main pool and live music in JD’s Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.


Scottsdale Villa Mirage and Scottsdale Links Resort

Looking to kick back and relax this Fourth of July weekend? Book a stay at one of these two desert gems and receive 10 percent of the best available rate. You’ll enjoy roomy accommodations with full kitchens, as well as amenities like spacious swimming pools, hot tubs and easy access to local shopping, dining and recreation in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. It’s a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime!


Off-Road Jeep Adventures

Enjoy special discounted rates on Off-Road Jeep Adventures’ iconic Sunset Jeep Tour during the Fourth of July weekend. Their professional tour guides will teach you about the Sonoran Desert’s flora, fauna and Native American history. It’s also the perfect opportunity to catch one of Arizona’s legendary sunsets!


All-American Eateries

Last, but not least, if you’re looking for a great place to dine on classic American fare, these restaurants will set you up with everything from prime steaks and Angus burgers to gourmet hot dogs and finger-licking-good barbecue. After all, it is a holiday weekend – a great time to leave the cooking to somebody else!