4th of July Events in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Adam Haught

Scottsdale lights up the night with family-friendly Fourth of July celebrations that include everything from fireworks displays and military tributes to classic summer barbecues. Here’s the inside scoop on the best local celebrations.


Fourth of July Freedom Fest

July 4-6, 2019

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess celebrates America’s birthday with their annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest. It’s a grand patriotic party with nightly fireworks, military tributes, a vintage airshow, live concerts and plenty of poolside fun!


4th of Zooly

July 4, 2019

The 4th of Zooly is an all-American celebration at the Phoenix Zoo that includes a classic summer barbecue with all the fixings, free carousel rides for the kiddos, animal encounters, deejay entertainment and a bounce house. At 9 p.m., you’ll enjoy a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular right from the VIP seating area on the Zoo’s grounds!


4th of July Celebration at WestWorld

July 4, 2019

Be red, white and cool at Scottsdale’s Fourth of July Celebration at WestWorld. This patriotic festival is held in air-conditioned comfort in WestWorld’s Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and includes appearances by Captain Marvel and Captain America, a meet-and-greet with Curious George, bull riding rodeo, pony rides, and the Fortnite 4th Experience. A dazzling fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.


Firecracker Express

July 4, 2019

It’s “all aboard!” for fun as the Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates Independence Day with the Firecracker Express. Your ticket includes a traditional all-American barbecue on the depot patio, first-class passage on the 1 p.m. train, and a visit with Sonora, an eagle rescued by Liberty Wildlife. Head up early and enjoy an old-fashioned parade at 9 a.m. in the historic town of Clarkdale.


July 4-7, 2019

Ignite your holiday weekend with food, fun and family at The Phoenician! The resort celebrates Independence Day in style with special events and activities such as a treasure hunt, watermelon eating contest, relay races and much more. A spectacular fireworks show will be held on Friday night, July 5.