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How to Celebrate Fourth of July

From festive holiday staycations to restaurants giving back to nonprofits that aid veterans, here are 20-plus ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. And read on to find out who is hosting the biggest fireworks show in Scottsdale history!

At The Wigwam on July 4, celebrate Red, White & BOOM from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow. The Wigwam, in partnership with the City of Litchfield Park, invites you to gather the whole family, grab some lawn chairs, blankets or beach towels to sit on and relax on the Blue Golf Course for the annual event. The event is rounded out with a DJ spinning great tunes, delicious American fare and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show. Entry to the event is free to the public. Food and beverages are available for an additional charge. Pre-purchasing your food and drink tickets by visiting the Web site is recommended.

Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld is back for an eighth year in Scottsdale to deliver fun-filled and family-friendly entertainment, like a Parade of Heroes, backyard games, fresh food from Chef Michael DeMaria of M Culinary and the largest fireworks show in Scottsdale history. A portion of each ticket to Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration goes to St. Mary’s Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America Network, with a match by Subaru. Tickets in advance, including fees, are $41 for adults and $21 for children for VIP Backyard Barbecue; $41 per carload for Polo Field Parking; and $26 per carload for general admission parking. Prices increase at gate.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Open only to resort guests this year, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is celebrating its 11th-annual Freedom Fest 4th of July celebration with family fun starting on Thursday, July 1. On the action-packed agenda all weekend long: space-themed Outta This World Summer at the Princess activities for cadets of all ages, live outdoor concerts, military flyovers, fireworks every night at 9 p.m., dive-in movies, special food and drinks and much more.

At FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, chill out with a poolside Cold Bar Pop-up Party featuring Chef Shane Jackson and Chef Blake Willis. From 1 to 6 p.m., attendees can cool down with cold seafood selections, oysters and sashimi as well as with Champagne and drink specials, alongside beats from DJ Just Fresh. Admission is free; registration can be made online here

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa will be lighting up the night sky over the Fourth of July holiday. Enjoy the show by booking the Fireworks Spectacular Package, which includes overnight accommodations with guaranteed views of the fireworks display and a $75 resort credit per night. Prices begin at $399 per night with no minimum night stay required. Promo code: LPR.

ADERO Scottsdale hosts its Fourth of July SkyTop BBQ, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the property’s new outdoor cocktail lounge, SkyTop Lounge. Guests will enjoy front-row seats to the city’s fireworks on Sunday, July 4. Feast on a menu of barbecue favorites and a lineup of festive signature cocktails (think: the red, white and boozy margarita, sparkling sangria or saguaro spritz).

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Andaz Scottsdale

Andaz Scottsdale’s Fourth of July weekend lineup includes three days of live music at Weft & Warp and a visit from a bald eagle, thanks to Liberty Wildlife, from 7 to 10 a.m. on July 4. Guests who choose to stay at Andaz Scottsdale over the holiday weekend can also look forward to exclusive events and entertainment, like a dive-in movie, private cabanas and classic theater snacks on July 3 followed by an outdoor evening concert in Andaz Scottsdale’s Olive Grove and barbecue favorites on July 4.

The Phoenician celebrates with its Stars, Stripes & Splash Weekend, July 1 to July 5. Activities include a poolside bash and fireworks, dueling pianos, dive-in movies, Americana trivia and many more offerings for a family-friendly holiday weekend. Activities are for registered guests only.

W Scottsdale presents “Red, White & Bubbly” to kick off Independence Day weekend. From Thursday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4, hotel guests can enjoy an array of activated pool parties, DJ performances, fireworks and more. At the Independence Day soiree, the hotel’s rooftop WET Deck provides dancing and fun paired with a stars and stripes bottle service. Cottontail Lounge is showcasing Sparkle, a patriotic themed nighttime event. To top off the weekend, W Scottsdale will provide the only fireworks show in Old Town Scottsdale at the hotel’s WET Deck.

Lights on the Lawn is Flagstaff’s three-day Independence Day celebration with live music, lawn games (like a cornhole tourney!), plenty of delicious food and drink, a kid’s zone, fireworks and much more. Doors open at 6 p.m. nightly. Safety protocols, like encouraged mask usage and sanitation stations, will be in effect.

Cave Creek’s monthly summer event continues Saturday, July 3, with its return of CreekWest Summer Fest. From 3 to 8 p.m., guests are invited to explore the western town for family-friendly activities, all benefiting Rural Metro Fire. At Big Earl’s, attendees can enjoy shaved ice, a bounce house, drive-in movies and a full bar with drink specials. At Local Johnny’s, check out the water slide bounce house, live music, two full bars, drink specials, free samples and more. For fans of Frozen and Marvel, Bryan’s Barbeque will host a character lunch from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by live music that evening. Guests can enjoy pinball games at The Eddy in addition to a food truck roundup.

Humble Pie, with two locations in Scottsdale and Glendale, and Humble Bistro, located in High Street City North, are offering 10 percent off for all military with valid ID, available year-round. Additionally, the restaurants will be featuring $10 brunch dishes and $5 cocktails until 3 p.m. and $6 frosé all-day on July 4.

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Belle’s Nashville Kitchen

This Fourth of July, Belle’s Nashville Kitchen would like to give back to those who served by donating 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that provides support to veterans wounded in combat and their families.

Morning Squeeze will kick off the Fourth of July weekend with the Bomb Poppin’ Punch cocktail, with layers of grenadine, blue curacao and lemonade. Available at all locations for $6 starting July 1.

On July 4, diners are invited to Roaring Fork in Scottsdale to celebrate Independence Day with a special “Dinner On Us” (buy one entree, get one free) treat beginning at 4 p.m. Dishes include cedar plank salmon, rainbow trout, rotisserie chicken and more.

Pedal Haus Brewery offer a special release of its Ph*ck Yeah Malt Liquor Beer on July 4, while also dishing up its Bottomless Breakfast available for $12 and Sunday Funday deals, which includes drink specials and discounts on cauliflower wings.

Blue Clover Distillery will sell all flavored 750 mL bottles of its handcrafted gin and vodka for $22 (normally sold for $26). House-infused flavors include grapefruit, lemon, strawberry, blood orange, spicy pepper and lemon-orange citrus for vodka and pineapple, blood orange and barrel-aged gin.

From July 2 to July 5, Grimaldi’s is offering a $20 bonus card for every $50 gift card purchased at all Arizona locations, except Grimaldi’s Pizzeria To-Go in Scottsdale. Also, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is offering 15 percent off to active, retired and veterans with its military discount, available year-round.

Sip a festive Tequila & Stripes Rita at Z’Tejas Southwest Grill. The red, white and blue margarita made with strawberry, traditional lime and blue curacao margaritas will be served on July 4 at the Chandler and new Scottsdale locations for $5.

Angry Crab Shack

Angry Crab Shack has partnered with the Arizona Housing Coalition, which aids and provides resources to homeless veterans and their families, for the month of July. The seafood eatery will donate funds for each guest who dines in at one of the 12 locations statewide. Additionally, the company will sell merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the nonprofit.

Buck &Rider offers its Sunday brunch menu, half off mimosas and live music on the 4th.

Dig into Sunday brunch at Chelsea’s Kitchen, as well as live music from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and mimosa bottle service (pick any bottle of bubbly and take half off, all juices included).

At LaGrande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria, the first pizza is full price; second one is $4 (dine-in and take-out).

Dine-in guests can enjoy $4 frozen greyhounds at Ingo’s Tasty Food. Curbside guests can take $4 off any to-go order of $10 or more. Promo code: july4

For Fourth of July celebrations, Trapp Haus BBQ in Downtown Phoenix features its to-go family platters. Starting at $64 and serving between four and six people, Trapp Haus family platters include guests’ choice of four proteins and four large sides. Guests are encouraged to order online for all pick-up and catering orders.

Luckys Indoor Outdoor is throwing a patriotic backyard bash on Saturday, July 3, from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can order a special BBQ burger and tots for $12 from the patio airstream, take advantage of drink specials until 8 p.m. and enjoy Western Son Spiked Ice Popsicles while jamming out to the Evan Berg band, performing from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Fired Pie is celebrating with 20 percent off for the whole family. The deal is valid for online and in-person ordering only on Sunday, July 4. Not valid through third-party delivery.  Use the codeword USA at checkout. Also, Fired Pie has teamed up with Truly Hard Seltzer to give winners free pizza for an entire year! The contest is underway, with one winner will be selected each week for six weeks. Winners will receive a total of 12 pizzas, one free pizza per month. Visit www.firedpie.com/truly-win-pizza-for-a-year/  to sign up. Winners will be announced on Fired Pie’s social media page, @FiredPie.

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