Fourth of July 2021 Celebrations in the East Valley, Alternatives to Fireworks Displays

Many families love making Fourth of July memories each year. It’s a wonderful time to teach kids lessons of freedom and patriotism while satisfying their deep fascination with things that go “boom!”

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, and to adhere to CDC guidelines, East Valley cities are still holding celebrations but have amended shows for community safety this year, many holding drive-in events.

Here’s a list of our favorite events that are happening in 2021:

Chandler:

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park

Gilbert:

Gilbert Centennial 4th of July at Gilbert Regional Park

  • When: July 4, 5:30 p.m. The parking lot will open at 6:30 p.m., with parking spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Where: Gilbert Regional Park, 3005 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert
  • Highlights: Parking is limited but the park connects with the East Maricopa Floodway and Queen Creek Wash Trail and is easy to access by foot or bike. 
  • Live entertainment will be provided by GARTH LIVE from 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM. Fireworks will begin at 8:45 PM, weather permitting. The show will be 20 minutes long.
  • Cost: Free
  • Fireworks start: 8:45 p.m.
  • What to Bring: Chairs and blankets.
  • Parking and event information:  https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-permits/gilbert-s-july-4th-celebration

Mesa:

Arizona Celebration of Freedom Drive-In Fireworks at Fiesta Mall

  • When: July 3, 9 p.m.
  • Where: 1425 W. Southern Ave., Fiesta Mall
  • Highlights: Drive-in fireworks show only. Please park as specifically directed by Mesa Police and the event security team. This is to provide physical distancing and to maintain quick entrance/exit and safety for attendees.
  • Cost: Free
  • Fireworks start: 9 p.m.
  • What to Bring: Chairs and blankets.
  • Parking and event information: http://azcelebrationoffreedom.org/

Queen Creek:

Schnepf Farms Fourth of July Celebration, Tailgate Party

  • When: July 4, 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Highlights: View details on their website.
  • Cost: $25 per carload
  • Fireworks start: 8:30 p.m.
  • What to Bring: Chairs, blankets and water. Bottles of water will be available for $1. No ice chests, alcohol, umbrellas, firearms or illegal drugs.
  • Parking and event information: Parking passes are for sale ONLINE ONLY and must be purchased in advance. No parking passes will be available at the gate. https://schnepffarms.com/4th-of-july/?v=e748b7c8fd06

Alternative Celebration Ideas

Maybe your family has decided to stay close to home for the Fourth. There are so many fun alternatives for celebrating, we’re sharing several of our favorites:

  • Glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Just add a little bit of glow-in-the-dark paint to your bubble solution and you’ll have glowing bubbles!
  • Confetti poppers. Filled with patriotic confetti, these favors are perfect and safe for celebrating.
  • Glow Sticks. Everyone loves them, they are inexpensive and there are patriotic colors available!
  • Silly String. Let the kids run off their energy—sure, we know it makes a mess, but it’s outside and you can hose things down the next day.
  • Hot dog eating contest. Each year there’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Easting Contest at Coney Island. Why not start your own tradition?
  • Fence painting contest. In honor of Mark Twain’s novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” challenge your guests to paint a fence. In the novel, Tom fooled his friends into painting his Aunt’s fence. You could, too!

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe, heath and Happy Independence Day.

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