The W Scottsdale Independence Day Party (July 4)
At the W Scottsdale, enjoy an all-day pool party where you can order some nibbles and sample the hotel’s long list of frozen summer cocktails. The band Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”) will add to the fete’s soundtrack, performing poolside later that day, as well as the band Chester French, who will reset the mood before the fireworks start around 9 p.m. Admission will be $25 per person.
W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale 480.970.2100
Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts July 4 Celebration (July 4)
First, the good news: This will be the private party with the best view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks display, and attendees will enjoy a traditional picnic buffet with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, cowboy beans, corn on the cob, pineapple coleslaw, and warm apple cobbler. There will also be a no-host bar, as well as coffee, soft drinks, and water. When the sky begins to light up with fireworks, partygoers will watch the fun unfold from the rooftop terrace or from inside 201 Lounge. Now, the bad news: Reservations had to be made by June 29. But, as this sounds like an incredible way to spend an evening, we thought we’d put it on your radar in case you weren’t already in the know. Become a Friend of the TCA and get on the guest list next year!
Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe 480.350.2884
Wrigley Mansion Pool Party (July 4)
This adults-only part will kick off at noon, when partygoers start heating things up by dancing on the mansion’s lawn to a DJ, and then later, the sounds of folk-funk band Delcoa. When it’s time to cool down, take your turn on the Slip-N-Slide if you dare. And to keep the fun in full gear, there will be games, contests, and food and drink specials throughout the day, as well as a tasty “All-American Barbecue” at 4 p.m. From the mansion’s hilltop perch, you and your date will be able to view fireworks displays from all over the Valley after nightfall.
Wrigley Mansion is located at 2501 E. Telewa Trail in Phoenix 602.955.4079
Great American Picnic and VIP Party at Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa (July 3)
The Wigwam aims to keep everyone happy. For the family, there will be a Great American Picnic, sponsored by KNIX 102.5, from 4 to 9 p.m. ($15 for adults, $9 for children ages 5-12) which will include a barbecue, live music, animal encounters from the Wildlife World Zoo, makeovers, a putting challenge, and the opportunity to write letters to our troops. For adults only, there will be a VIP grill and fireworks experience ($50 per person). VIPs will feast on tapas-style fare, drinks, and dessert in an air-conditioned lounge while also enjoying “in and out privileges” to the Great American Picnic. Around 8:45 p.m., everyone will wander to the viewing patio to watch the Wigwam Fireworks Extravaganza in partnership with the City of Litchfield Park. Special resort room rates and packages are available from $119-$399.
Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa is located at 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. in Litchfield Park 623.935.3811
“Disney in Concert” by Phoenix Symphony at Arizona Biltmore (July 4)
Now here’s one especially for the kids and those young at heart. To kick off Arizona Biltmore’s “Hollywood Blockbuster Movie Month,” the resort will be graced by members of The Phoenix Symphony and a quartet of vocalists on Independence Day to perform songs from the best-loved Disney movies of all time. The event will bring children’s favorite characters to life as they sing along to each musical number while clips from the featured film are projected onto a huge screen. And for the 90-minute concert’s grand finale, families will be thrilled by a fantastic seven-minute fireworks display. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $35 per adult and $25 per child, available for purchase here.
Arizona Biltmore is located at 2400 E. Missouri in Phoenix 800.950.0086