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4th of July Events in Greater Phoenix, AZ – 2017 Edition

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That time of year when we celebrate our nation’s independence is nearly upon us! The greater Phoenix area has plenty of family-friendly events throughout the Valley where you can enjoy fireworks, kids’ activities, rides, games, entertainment, food and drink, and all-around fun times.

Below is an expansive listing of events greater Phoenix residents can look forward to for the July 4, 2017 holiday. While most events take place on Tuesday the 4th, note that some are being held in advance of Independence Day.

Phoenix & Valley of the Sun Independence Day Fireworks and Events

Click on the name of any of the events below for more details on:

  • Specific activities offered
  • When the fireworks will start
  • Cost of admission and reservations for special areas
  • Limitations on what you can bring to the venue
  • The venue’s location
  • Whether activities will be indoors or outdoors (most are outdoors)


Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Fireworks FestivalFri, 7/1/17, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Pecos Park (CANCELLED)


Anthem Independence Day CelebrationMon, 7/3/17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Community Park

Cave Creek

3rd of July FireworksMon, 7/3/17, starting at 5:30 p.m. – Harold’s Cave Creek Corral


July 4th Fireworks Spectacular – Tue, 7/4/17, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Tumbleweed Park

Fountain Hills

Fourth at the Fountain – Tue, 7/4/17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Fountain Park


Westgate Firework Fest – Tue, 7/4/17, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Westgate Entertainment District


Star Spangled 4th – Tue, 7/4/17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Goodyear Ballpark

Litchfield Park

Fourth of July Splash Bash – Tue, 7/4/17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Litchfield Park Recreation Center


Arizona Celebration of Freedom – Tue, 7/4/17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Mesa Convention Center


4th of July Celebration – Tue, 7/4/17, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Peoria Sports Complex


Fabulous Phoenix 4th – Tue, 7/4/17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Steele Indian School Park


July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival – Tue, 7/4/17, starting at 5 p.m. – Tempe Town Lake


4th of July Celebration – Tue, 7/4/17, 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Westworld of Scottsdale

Summer Concert (Mogollon) & FireworksSun, 7/2/17, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park


4th of July Celebration – Tue, 7/4/17, starting at 4:30 p.m. – Surprise Recreation Campus

Have a Cool Fourth of July

Given how hot it is in the Valley this time of year, be sure to bring plenty of water with you to these events, and anything that can offer you shade. Check the event pages for details on what each venue provides and what you’re allowed to bring with you in terms of food, drink and shade.

From our families to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy, safe and fun Independence Day!

Sara Korn

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Frighteningly Good Halloween Events in Phoenix: 2016 Edition

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Every October, there is no shortage of Halloween-themed events in the greater Phoenix area. From haunted houses to family friendly festivities, the Valley of the Sun has got it all.

Here at Eminent SEO, we thought we’d help point those of you in Arizona to some can’t-miss events taking place this month. Activities are going on all over the Valley and, in some cases, all month long.

The following list will let you know a little more about more than a dozen Halloween events worthy of your attendance this October.

2016 Halloween Events in Phoenix and Beyond

The following events are listed in chronological order:

Harkins Presents Harry Potter – 10/13 – 10/20

Harkins at Arizona Mills shopping center has already begun showing the “Harry Potter” films once again. All eight installments of the franchise are in rotation at Harkins’ 6-story IMAX theater. Each showing will offer a sneak peek of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” as well. Times vary, so check the website before you head on over. The “Potter” event runs until Thursday, Oct. 20.

Tickets are $10 per person.

Arizona Mills 25 w/ IMAX – 5000 Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282

Harkins Showtimes

Haunted Harbor at Lake UN-Pleasant – 10/21-22 and 10/28-29

Lake Un-Pleasant Haunted Harbor - Facebook

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Kick your Halloween off early at Lake Pleasant in the Northwest Valley. This family friendly event features trick-or-treating, food trucks, hay rides, hot air balloon rides and zombie cornhole. The nightcap will be a movie shown on the lake, as well as a Halloween bonfire. The event runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. each night.

Admission is $10, but kids 10 and under are free.

Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina – 40202 N. 87th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85383

Haunted Harbor at Lake UN-Pleasant

Queen Creek Trunk or Treat – 10/22

Queen Creek Trunk Or Treaters - Facebook

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Kids can dress up and collect some candy a little earlier this year by heading to the Southeast Valley for Queen Creek’s  annual Trunk or Treat Event. Ellsworth Road between Ocotillo and Rittenhouse will transform into “Trunk or Treat Street,” where children will move from car trunk to car trunk for candy.

The city provides all the candy, and groups are encouraged to sign up and decorate a car trunk for the trick-or-treating. Other fun activities will be on site, such as a bubble zone and various carnival games. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission to Trunk or Treat is free. There is a small fee for some of the other activities at the venue.

Queen Creek Town Center – 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Trunk or Treat

Chandler Halloween Spooktacular – 10/28

Downtown Chandler is always a hotbed of activities anytime a major holiday is approaching. Halloween is no exception this year, as the Chandler Halloween Spooktacular takes over the downtown plaza on Friday, Oct. 28. Visitors can traverse through a haunted house, pumpkin cemetery and inflatable corn maze and then compete in pumpkin bowling, witches broom races and costume contests. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but face painting and souvenir photos come with a nominal fee.

Chandler Downtown Library Plaza – 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, AZ 85225

Chandler Halloween Spooktacular

Pumpkins at the Peak – 10/28

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak will host its 20th annual Halloween celebration on Friday, Oct. 28. Visitors can play ring toss and bowling games, make Halloween crafts, get their face painted or fortune told, and much more. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the resort’s Hole-in-the-Wall’s River Ranch water park.

Admission is $5 per person or 3 cans of food that will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Hole-in-the-Wall’s River Ranch – 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020

Pumpkins at the Peak

Halloween Kayak in Tempe – 10/28

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Tempe Town Lake encourages you to wear your Halloween costume and come down to the lake for water paddling and spine-tingling tales told by a professional storyteller. Children must be at least 10 years or older to participate. The event lasts from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for those between the ages of 10 and 17.

Tempe Town Lake – 550 E. Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281

Tempe Town Lake Kayaking

Salt River Fields Spooktacular – 10/28-29

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular Festival

(Facebook Photo/ @saltriverfieldsattalkingstick)

Head on over to where the Arizona Diamondbacks play spring training games in order to rack up candy being passed out from more than 20 hot air balloons. The venue will also have a haunted trail, and visitors can take a ride in a tethered balloon. Live music will adorn the festivities, which will culminate in a fireworks display each night. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children between 3 and 12 years old. Balloon rides are $25 for grown-ups and $15 for children 10 years and younger.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick – 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

Howl-O-Ween at Phoenix Zoo – 10/28-29

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The Phoenix Zoo’s annual Howl-O-Ween event features separate activities for children young and old. Grown-ups and children 8 years and older are invited to walk down Urban Legend Lane as well as Walking Dead Way, where they can fight off zombies. They can also visit a clown asylum and take a post-apocalyptic train tour of the park.

Younger children can go on camel rides, walk down a pumpkin pathway, go trick-or-treating, and meet characters from the Arizona Avengers and Arizona Ghostbusters. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

General admission is $12 ($10 for members). Free admission for children 2 and younger.

Phoenix Zoo – 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Howl-O-Ween at Phoenix Zoo

Halloween Monster Bash – 10/29

Halloween Monster Bash - Peoria Sports Complex

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If you’re on the west side, the Peoria Sports Complex might be your destination for weekend Halloween activities ahead of the actual holiday. The Halloween Monster Bash is a family friendly event that will feature inflatable rides and bounce houses, carnival games, trick-or-treating, a rock wall, a scare walk and much more. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free if you bring canned goods to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank, but bring money for food and beverages. Also, some of the activities come with a minimal fee.

Peoria Sports Complex – 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria, AZ 85382

Peoria Sports Complex Event

Trick or Treat Main Street – 10/31

On Halloween day, come to downtown Mesa in your costume to collect candy from some of the local businesses. You can also interact with a balloon artist and purchase kettle corn and other treats during this 5th annual daytime event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free for everyone.

Mesa Main Street – 1 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201

Trick or Treat Main Street (Click on Oct. 31 on the calendar)

Halloween in the Hills – 10/31

Fountains Hills invites you to bring your children and dogs to the town’s long-running, early evening Halloween event. The town’s entire Avenue of the Fountains will close down for the event, which features carnival-style booths, bounce houses, businesses handing out candy, and costume contests. More than 40 businesses and charities are expected to participate this year. This event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m.

Admission is free, but bring money to buy some treats, beverages, jewelry and much more.

Avenue of the Fountains – Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Halloween in the Hills

Month-Long Events

Several venues around the Valley are hosting events that run until the end of the month. Here are a few worth your attention:

Brick or Treat – Through 10/30

Brick Or Treat Legoland Discovery Center Arizona

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Arizona Mills’ Legoland Discovery Center is hosting an ongoing, family friendly Halloween event every Saturday and Sunday until Oct. 30. Kids can collect a Brick or Treat factory brink, and then build a Halloween mask and participate in a scavenger hunt and a costume contest. The festivities run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets start at $17, but Legoland recommends ordering your ticket online in advance.

Legoland Discovery Center – 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Suite 135, Tempe, AZ 85282

Legoland Brick or Treat

Sea Life Halloween Spooktacular – Through 10/30

Sea Life Arizona Pumpkin Carving - Facebook

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Watch divers professionally carve a pumpkin underwater on any Saturday or Sunday between now and Oct. 30 at Sea Life Arizona in Arizona Mills shopping center. After watching the pumpkin carvers, head on over to the Bay of Rays and put your kid’s Halloween get-up against others in a costume contest.

Underwater pumpkin carving starts at 1 p.m. every day, while the costume contest takes place at 2 p.m. Spooky Science Workshops are also offered at the top of every hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekend.

Tickets start at $10.50. It’s an extra $3 per person to take a Spooky Science Workshop.

Sea Life Arizona – 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Suite 145, Tempe, AZ 85282

Sea Life Spooktacular

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party – Through 10/30

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party Family

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Every Thursday through Sunday this month, Schnepf Farms is featuring hay rides, a petting zoo, corn mazes, dog shows, and gypsy storytellers. Not to mention, guests can also roast marshmallows, climb a rock wall, take a train or pony ride, and then hop on a number of amusement rides. The party runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $18 per person, but only $15 if you buy them at Fry’s Food Stores. Extra charges for train and pony rides, food (such as chili), and pumpkins.

Schnepf Farms – 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Pumpkin & Chili Party

Haunted Houses – Through 11/12

Haunted House Phoenix Halloween

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And what would Halloween be without getting your socks scared off at a haunted house? You can find these attractions all over the Valley and beyond, and a couple of them are running until the first and second weekend in November. Also, several of the venues feature more than one haunted house to try to shake you to your core.

We’d compile a list of all of the haunted houses in Arizona, but that would take up an entire additional post, and several websites have already done the legwork. So, to learn more about the various haunted house attractions around Arizona for this Halloween season, visit

Happy Halloween, everybody! Be safe and have fun!

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4th of July Events Around the Valley: Fun in the Sun

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If you’re in the metro Phoenix area, you have a plethora of festivities to choose from this 4th of July Weekend. At Eminent SEO, we’ve put together a list of some events you might not have heard of, but are suitable for everyone.

Carve out your own 4th of July experience this year by partaking in one of the events on the following list.

Your Event Guide for Phoenix This 4th of July

Casa Grande 4th of July Celebration

July Fireworks Want to get out of the Valley and beat the heat with a small-town feel? Head on down to Casa Grande and spend the day at the water park for Family Swim Day, and free watermelon while supplies last. The fireworks show begins about 9 p.m. and rivals any in the Phoenix area.

Admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for kids.

Paul Mason Sportsplex – 2525 N. Rodeo Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

4th of July Celebration

Cave Creek 3rd of July at Harold’s in Cave Creek

Leave the beer-soaked college crowds back in town and come up to Cave Creek for some amazing BBQ, live music and fireworks.

Admission is free for open seating. Reservations are available for a fee.

Harold’s Corral – 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Cave Creek 3rd of July

Gilbert’s Fire in the Sky

Taking place outside Central Christian Church, this event is great for everyone. “Fire in the Sky” features live music, free beach balls to throw at your neighbor’s head in the crowd, county fair food, contests, prizes and a canned food drive. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Admission is free.

Central Christian Church – 965 E. Germann Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Gilbert’s Fire in the Sky

Diamondbacks 4th of July Game

Baseball 4th of JulyStart this Independence Day game off with tailgating hosted by 104.7 KISS-FM, starting at 5 p.m. with games and food as far as the eye can see. They’re even having a contest with Diamondbacks-themed prizes for anyone that thinks they are the best tailgater. The first 20,000 fans in the stadium get a commemorative stars and stripes T-shirt, and the Diamondbacks will honor men and women of the armed forces prior to first pitch. The team then takes on the division-rival Padres, and after the game has been decided, the Diamondbacks will launch a fireworks show that rivals any in the country.

Chase Field – 401 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Diamondbacks 4th of July Game

After Dark in the Park at Deer Valley

Despite its name, this event is kid-friendly and features bounce houses and food the whole family will love. Local vendors will have a variety of food and beverages available, then the fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.. Don’t forget your blankets and chairs!

Admission is free.

Deer Valley Park – 19602 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85027

After Dark in the Park at Deer Valley

All-American Festival

Firework 4th JulyThere are endless fun activities at this event: water zones, bounce houses, “The Skyscraper” waterslide, live entertainment, food eating contests, a cornhole tournament and much more. Then wrap up the night with fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m.

Admission is $10/person, although 12 and under is free.

Peoria Sports Complex – 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382

All-American Festival

Light Up the Sky (July 1)

Come to Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday, July 1, for activities inside and flanking the stadium. This is one of the most family friendly events of the weekend, with inflatable rides for the kiddos and no alcohol sold on the premises, although you are allowed to bring a cooler outside the stadium. The events begin at 6:30 p.m. with the fireworks show kicking off around 8:30.

Admission is free, but bring cash for the vendors.

Maryvale Baseball Park – 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031

Light Up the Sky

‘Independence Day 2’ Movie

Before all the fireworks events around the Valley, take the family to the movies. Stay cool during the day, relax and watch one of this summer’s blockbusters. With almost every theater around the Valley showing the movie throughout the day, you’re sure to find a time to fits this sequel into your schedule.

Harkins Theater Showtimes

Queen Creek 4th of July Celebration at Schnepf Farms

July 4th EventAnother venue that’s great for the whole family and has a small-town feel, Queen Creek’s Schnepf Farms puts on a great Independence Day show. This event has everything from mini golf and a roller coaster to rock climbing and even “flying farmers” (we’re as confused as you, but it’s gotta be good). Rides and vendors operate until 9:30 p.m., which is when the fireworks will commence.

Admission is $20 per carload, but please drive safely, folks. Don’t load more people than seatbelts to save a few bucks. Be mindful that the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring traffic surrounding the venue

Schnepf Farms – 24810 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Queen Creek 4th of July Celebration at Schnepf Farms

Friendly Reminder for Events Around the Valley
This Weekend

Eminent SEO hopes you have a wonderful 4th of July this year and wants to remind you to be safe, don’t drink and drive, and consume plenty of water. Get the family together and have fun this weekend.

Happy 240th birthday, America!

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