Families and Kids

4th of July fun

The annual July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival is cancelled in 2020, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate Independence Day here in the Phoenix area. There are a couple of  July 4th events in metro Phoenix where you can practice social distancing. Or, take it easy at home or at a staycation at a local hotel and enjoy the pool and takeout from a local restaurant.  

If you decide to watch the fireworks or dine out, remember to follow social distancing guidelines and stay home if you’re not feeling well.  

July 4th Events

Cruise the Zoo
Celebrate the 4th of July from the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle as you Cruise the Zoo past zebras, flamingos, baboons, mandrills, giraffes, rhinos and much, much more! Cruise the Zoo is happening Thursday, July 2 through Monday, July 6 from 7 a.m. – noon. The Zoo will be CLOSED to FOOT TRAFFIC during these days. The Zoo is accommodating up to 450 cars each day and is the perfect social distancing activity to do with your loved ones and family, from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle (not to mention a COOL summertime activity!)

NOTE: Tickets are sold out for Friday, Saturday and Sunday already, but tickets are still available for Monday, July 6th!

Tickets for Cruise the Zoo MUST be pre-purchased online at phoenixzoo.org. Phoenix Zoo Members: $50 per vehicle. General Public: $65 per vehicle.

As an extra BONUS this weekend, the Phoenix Coyotes will be distributing a complimentary street hockey stick and ball to Cruise the Attendee kids as you exit the Zoo at the Arizona Coyotes Raise the Pack Stick Drive. After cruising home, your future pros will be sent videos showcasing drills to sharpen their skills with Coyotes staff and Alumni! Available for July 2020 Cruise the Zoo event attendees only, ages 4 – 12, while supplies last.

Scottsdale’s 7th Annual July 4th Celebration 
Called a “patriotic drive-up celebration,” this event will be held at Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will be at 9 p.m. There is a $25 admission fee per car and everyone must arrive in and stay in their own vehicle – no Lyfts, Ubers or bicycles are permitted. Concessions will be available for sale, including tacos, hot dogs, soft drinks and adult beverages.  

You can find even more 4th of July events on the Visit Phoenix blog.  

Things To Do

Boat Rentals of America at Tempe Town Lake
72 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (855) 690-0794 

Take a breath of fresh air while enjoying Tempe Town Lake. Take a stroll around the lake, pack a picnic, bring takeout from your favorite Tempe restaurant, or enjoy the lake on the water. Rent a pedal boat, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak at Boat Rentals of America at Tempe Town Lake.

Boat Rentals of America at Tempe Town Lake will be open on July 4th. They are taking extra precautions during COVID-19 and sanitizing each boat and bike upon its return, so it’s the perfect outing to get outside and enjoy the day, while maintaining social distancing guidelines. The dock is located on the south side of the lake, near the Mill Avenue bridges. 

Alcatraz Escape Room Games
1290 N. Scottsdale Rd. #103, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 719-1234

Alcatraz Escape Room Games is inviting you to celebrate July 4th by saving 20% off their most popular escape rooms. When booking your escape room, use code: JULY4THSPECIAL and instantly save! 

Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Tempe
3105 S. Fair Ln. #100, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 773-6551

Our friends at Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing is inviting everyone out to throw this Fourth of July! A fun-filled environment to enjoy with friends and family. PRO TIP: Wearing closed-toe shoes is required so do yourself a favor and wear your own! On Fourth of July, VETERANS THROW FREE!! So head on out with those who’ve served our country and thank them with a great time!


Maybe you prefer to take it easy this year and just relax on the 4th of July. That’s a great option too. Here are some local restaurants that are going to be open so you can celebrate the holiday with delicious takeout or a dine-in meal.  

Visit our Tempe restaurant blog for more dining and takeout options, or check out the Food and Drink section of our website. Be sure to contact your favorite place ahead of time to make sure that they’re going to be open on July 4th.  

Pedal Haus 4th of July

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 314-2337 

Pedal Haus is offering a to-go party pack this 4th of July. People can pick theirs up July 3-5 at both the Tempe and Chandler locations.  

The Independence Party Pack ($44) includes: 

  • Two American Flag wristbands 
  • Two pairs of Pedal Haus sunglasses 
  • An 8-Pack (or two growlers) of Pedal Haus Day Drinker Light Lager 

For $15 extra you can add two brats with all of the fixings and German-style potato salad. 

Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill 
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-2920 

Saturday, July 4th, Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill is having an all-day happy hour on cocktails!  This offer includes: 

  • $5.95 well drinks, house wine and margaritas 
  • $1 off all draft pints 

Fired Pie 
414 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 656-3219 

Fired Pie is celebrating the 4th of July with 20% off for the whole family! This 20% off deal is valid for online and in-person ordering only. Not valid through 3rd party delivery. Simply use the codeword ‘USA’ at checkout.  

Ghost Ranch  
1006 E. Warner Rd., Suite 102-103, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 474-4328 

Ghost Ranch, known for delicious modern Southwestern cuisine, will be open for the Fourth of July and will serve a special brisket dish to celebrate. For more information visit ghostranchaz.com or follow them on Facebook at @ghostranchaz or Instagram at @ghostranch_az. 

U.S. Egg 
131 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 831-0070

To celebrate the 4th of July, U.S. Egg will be offering $3 off its mimosa flight (regularly $15.95) for the entire month of July. The flight includes three full mimosas in the guest’s choice of traditional, Cran-mosa, Pink Cadillac, or Sunrise. Also enjoy the Stars & Stripes Waffle ($10.99), a fresh-made fluffy waffle topped with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream as an homage to the American flag. 

This promotion is valid at all six Valley locations.  

VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen 
1325 W. Elliot Rd., Ste. 106, Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 659-6145 

Locally owned and operated, VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen is a Cajun, creole and Caribbean restaurant in Tempe. They will be open this 4th of July and will have live music throughout the day with Cheryl Thurston Dixie Land Jazz Band. Enjoy $5 4th of July Hurricanes and other drink specials.  

Rustlers Rooste Phoenix

Rustler’s Rooste 
8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 
(602) 431-6474 

Everyone’s favorite steakhouse with a view is going to be open on July 4th. The whole family will love their huge portions of American food from steaks to burgers, live music and the indoor tin slide. Reservations are recommended.  

Barrio Queen Tempe Marketplace
31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 912-4052

Get a FREE $10 Gift Card from Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5. Get ready for Independence Day with Barrio Queen Margarita kits. It’s the perfect way to bring the fiesta home while enjoying our signature drinks. Purchase any TWO kits and receive a FREE $10 Gift Card valid on your next visit.

Barrio Queen Tempe Marketplace
Artichoke Pizza

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
1120 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 590-5830

4th of July special! Get 2 Specialty Pizzas, 1 Non Pizza Item and your choice of a bottle of wine, 6 domestic beers or 6 20 oz. soft drinks for $55 dollars. Available for Pick Up (Call 480-590-5830) or Dine In from July 3rd to 5th.

Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.