7 Fourth of July events for the family to enjoy in Phoenix

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 16:03:13-04

Happy Independence Day weekend!

If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday with family, we've compiled some family-friendly events happening around the Valley. 

Some of these events have fireworks, but some don't. If you're looking for fireworks, make sure to check out our full list. We found over 30 firework shows happening throughout the Valley.

Scroll down to view our list of family-friendly events:

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Meet Wonder Woman & Captain America (July 1)

The Shops at Norterra are hosting a Fourth of July event with Wonder Woman and Captain America. Both will be there to take pictures. Organizers also have games, dancing and music planned, as well as food and drink.

The Shops at Norterra (I-17 and Happy Valley Road)
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: Free


Fourth of July weekend at Wet 'n' Wild (June 30 - July 3)

As if you needed more incentives to want to spend the day at the water park (hint: it's hot during the summer), Wet 'n' Wild is hosting a dive-in movie and fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend. On June 30 and July 1 the park will be showing the animated movie, Hotel Transylvania 2. On July 3, there will be a fireworks show! 

Wet 'n' Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale
Time: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (June 4, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.)



Arcadia Fourth of July Parade (July 4)

An Arcadia neighborhood has hosted a small Fourth of July parade since 1996. This year, the parade continues.

Corner of Jokake and Calle Tuberia
Time: Registration at 7:30 a.m. Parade starts at 8 a.m.


Make a firework painting with forks and paint (July 4)

Create a firework display with paint and forks at the Children's Museum of Phoenix on the Fourth of July. Once that's done, check out the dozens of exhibits to play with and on at the museum.

Children's Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (museum open until 4 p.m.
Admission: included with general admission

Phoenix Zoo

Fourth of Zooly (July 4)

Celebrate the Fourth of July and watch Tempe’s fireworks show from the Phoenix Zoo. There will be a catered barbecue dinner, free carousel rides, special animal guest appearances, inflatable bounce houses and live entertainment. You’ll watch the show from the back of the zoo.

Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix AZ 85008
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $45 – Adults (13+), $35 – children (3-12)

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July 4th Splash Bash (July 4)

Spend the Fourth of July at the pool. Litchfield Park's annual Splash Bash will take place at the Recreational Center. Besides cooling off in the water, there will be relay races, cannonball contests and penny tosses. Love watermelon? That'll be there, too, along with water balloons and a DJ.

Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park AZ 85342
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $2 per person (free for pool members)


Independence Day celebration at Ultra Star (July 4)

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is hosting a big Independence Day celebration that has fun for the entire family. Once the sun sets, there will be a fireworks display followed by the screening of Transformers. It's all FREE. So bring your blankets and a movie and sit outside for fireworks and a show. There will be concessions available for purchase. If you show up between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., there will be an outdoor BBQ ($17 for adults, $9 for kids).

Ultra Star AZ, 16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa AZ
Time: Fireworks at dusk, screening of Transformers after
Admission: Fireworks, movie are free. Food, game cards available for purchase.

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Fourth of July at Butterfly Wonderland (July 4)

Spend the day at Butterfly Wonderland. You'll be able to see more than 3,000 butterflies in the largest butterfly pavilion in the nation or catch a film in the 3D theatre or check out the Rivers of Amazon or honey bees exhibits. On July 4, if you wear red, white and blue, or are in the military (bring ID), you'll receive $3 off admission.

Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $3 off for those who wear red, white and blue; or military