Upcoming Summer 2023 Events Near Eastmark
The weather is heating up in the Valley and fun summer holidays are on the horizon! Here is a list of events to celebrate Independence Day or to enjoy a summer outing with the family in the East Valley and beyond.
Independence Day Celebrations:
Eastmark – The community is planning a wonderful 4th of July celebration for Tuesday, July 4 from 6pm to 9pm at the Eastmark Great Park. Some of the fun activities will include a pie baking contest, watermelon eating contest, live entertainment and music, and other events for the whole family! There will also be fireworks at 9pm.
Mesa – Arizona Celebration of Freedom – One of the Valley’s largest free 4th of July celebrations and a signature Mesa event, there will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona Celebration of Freedom. The event will be in Downtown Mesa at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre campuses starting at 6:00pm and ending with a fireworks show around 9:30pm. There will be local food and beverage vendors selling snacks, sandwiches, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night and there will be local breweries at beer gardens near the Amphitheatre stage. Starting at 5pm, a Naturalization Ceremony will take place inside the Main Hall where 75 new U.S. citizens will be honored in a ceremony that the public is welcome to attend. There will be live music at the Stage America area by the Amphitheatre, a BMX stunt show, the Great All-American Car Show, and historical reenactments. In addition, there will be carnival-style games at the Yankee Doodle Kids’ Zone and Kool Zones and inflatable water slides to keep cool. A laser light show and history of U.S. flags exhibit will be inside Independence Hall as well. Attendees are allowed to bring water bottles, purses and backpacks, small coolers, non-alcoholic beverages, food, chairs, and blankets.
Gilbert – 4th of July Celebration – Gilbert’s July 4th celebration will run from 4:00pm to 9:30pm at Gilbert Regional Park. There will be live performances, aerial entertainment, and fireworks. The live performances will begin at 4:30pm starting with country artist Buddy Martell, then Journey tribute band Voyager will perform from 7pm to 9pm. A variety of food, drink, and dessert food trucks will be at the park for the event. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9pm.The entire park will be closed to set up for the event on July 3 at 10pm through July 4, when the gates open for the celebration. Parking passes will be required to park onsite at the event and will only be available for purchase via credit card when arriving at the parking areas. Parking will open at 4pm and the cost will be $15 (plus tax) per car. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating (chairs or blankets), bug spray, sunscreen, and water. Outside food, drinks, and coolers are allowed, although no alcohol is permitted. Pets are also not permitted, as well as canopies, camping tents, or consumer fireworks. While general admission to this family-friendly event is free (besides the parking fee), an optional VIP Experience is also on sale for attendees looking to elevate their experience. VIP guests receive premier seating to the live performances and fireworks, exclusive food and drink vendors, luxury restrooms, Gilbert goodies, and more! Tickets will go on sale starting June 1 and will be $25 (plus fees) per person, children 2 years and under are free. Tickets and more information can be found online.
Queen Creek – Hometown Fourth at Schnepf Farms –Schnepf Farms will again be hosting Queen Creek’s Hometown 4th. On Tuesday July 4, gates will open at 4pm and the event will conclude with fireworks around 9pm. The event will feature food trucks, craft vendors, live music on a concert stage, a foam pit, water inflatables, a beer garden, and fireworks. Tickets are sold per carload and cost $40. The Car Pass includes admission for everyone in the car. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold onsite. Attendees can purchase a Car Pass by selecting a timeframe online. This timeframe indicates the time in which you can arrive between, so traffic isn’t too overwhelming. VIP Passes are also available for attendees ages 3+. They include admission to the event, parking in a private lot, catered BBQ dinner, unlimited soda and water, a private bar, indoor A/C in the Big Red Barn, front row fireworks viewing, lawn games, and live music. The VIP passes cost $120 per person.
Chandler – Chandler’s All-American Bash – This event will take place in Downtown Chandler at Dr. AJ Chandler Park from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. It will feature live music, yard games, and food vendors. In lieu of fireworks this year, there will be a 5-minute pyrotechnic show as a part of the concert. The show will begin at 8:30pm at the Park Stage Plaza. The party cover band Turn it Up! will be performing two 60-minute sets for the crowd to enjoy, one starting at 7:05pm and one at 8:25pm. Lawn games like Connect 4 and Checkers will be available to play and balloon art will be available for the kids. Food, beverage, and snack vendors like hot dogs, tacos, lemonade, and more will be available for purchase. Alcohol, marijuana, and fireworks are prohibited but guests can bring their own coolers, food, non-alcoholic drinks, blankets, and lawn chairs. Parking and admission are both free!
Phoenix – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets – Head to Downtown Phoenix to catch an all-American baseball game on Tuesday, July 4 at Chase Field. The hot streaking Arizona Diamondbacks will face off against the New York Mets starting at 1:10pm. They will be giving away a Patriotic Tee to the first 15,000 fans. Tickets start around $35.
Scottsdale – 4th of July Celebration – The City of Scottsdale is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the 4th of July Celebration at Westworld of Scottdale. The indoor, family-friendly patriotic celebration will feature summertime favorites like an arena rodeo, mutton busting for kids, dancing, cake walks, live music, the Parade of Heroes, and Scottsdale’s largest fireworks display. Barbie will be in attendance to promote her new movie and greet everyone and Knights from Medieval Times will be doing Junior Knight training. The event starts at 5pm and fireworks will begin at 9pm. This is a cashless event so anything on site, including parking, tickets, and food, can be purchased via card payments. Ticketing comes in tiers depending on how many attractions you’d like to take part in. Ticket level 1 is the Indoor Backyard Barbecue option. This includes access to the North Hall and Rodeo Arena indoors, all you can eat BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, and dessert, family friendly entertainment, and premium fireworks viewing areas for $45 per person for ages 11+, $25 for ages 5-10, and children 4 and under are free. The next ticket tier is the Indoor Access ticket that includes access to the indoor North Hall and Rodeo Arena, food available for purchase, plus the entertainment, and premium firework viewing area. Prices are $20 for all ages per person. Another ticket option is the Polo Field option that is priced per car. This allows parking access to view the fireworks show only starting at 4pm, plus access to special outdoor activities and food vendors and costs $40 per car. Finally, the Fireworks Only tickets are also priced per car and gives parking access to view the fireworks show starting at 5pm and access to an outdoor food court to purchase food. The Fireworks Only tickets are $20 per car. Get your tickets ASAP because prices increase on June 28. Parking may be pre-purchased online for families who purchase the Indoor Backyard BBQ and Indoor Access ticket options. One ticket is needed per car and costs $20.00. Fireworks show only tickets do not need to purchase a parking pass. Tickets and more information can be found online.
Tempe – Tempe 4th of July Celebration – Tempe will be hosting their 4th of July celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 5pm to 10pm at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Families will enjoy live entertainment, food, kid’s activities, and fireworks. Craft food and sweet treats will be available for purchase from local vendors. Consumer fireworks, strollers or wagons, outside food or beverage, or pets are all prohibited inside Tempe Diablo Stadium. Attendees can bring in purses and small backpacks, chairs, and standard size beach towels. General Admission is $10 per person and children under 10 receive free general admission with a paid parent/guardian ticket. VIP tickets are also available for $100 per ticket and include a shaded seated area, specialty food and drinks, and exclusive parking.
Prescott – Town of Prescott Valley’s Red, White, and Boom! – If you will be up north trying to beat the heat this July, Prescott will be hosting its Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 3pm to 9:30pm at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. There will be carnival rides, splash inflatables, food trucks, local breweries and more! Live artists will also be performing.
Flagstaff – 2023 Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade – In Flagstaff, there will be no shortage of celebrations for the 4th of July holiday. The Independence Day Parade will start at 9am and conclude around 11am. The route follows through Historic Downtown Flagstaff (starting at Elm and Bever, down Bever, left on Aspen to San Francisco and north on San Francisco back to Elm). Before the parade, 4 waves of competitors will run the 4th of July Flagstaff Downtown Mile race on the actual parade route. The categories include Masters (40+), Citizens, Elite (with a cash purse available), and a half-mile kids race. Depending on the category, the races will be run from 6:30am to 8am and sign up is available online. Then later that afternoon, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra will be at the Pepsi Amphitheater for a free patriotic pops concert starting at 3pm (doors open at 2pm). Lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen are recommended. Over the long weekend of July 1-3, Flagstaff Art in the Park will be open at Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff, where 75+ artists from across the Southwest will feature their art, live music, food trucks, beer gardens, and kids activities. And Flagstaff’s 4th Fest 2023 will be held at Fort Tuthill County Park from 5pm to 10pm. The festivities here will include family-friendly activities, face-painting, crafts, food trucks, live music by Black Lemon, and concluding with a laser light show beginning at 9pm. This event is free!
Other Fun Summer Events:
The Queen Creek Olive Mill will also be hosting several events this summer, including its annual Corn Roast on June 17 from 2pm to 9pm. Admission is free! Also in the planning process is their Christmas in July event, which will run from July 14 to 25. There will be several Pizza Date Nights during the summer on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The evening of pizza-making and wine tasting will include a seasonal salad, a make-your-own pizza with various sauces and toppings, and a Chef’s choice dessert with 3oz wine tastings per course. The Pizza Date Nights run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm and tickets are $85 per person. The events will be on June 14, July 12, and August 9.
However you relax with your family this summer, we hope it’s a memorable and special time!