Families and Kids

4th of July fun in Tempe

The summer is under way here in Tempe, and that means it’s time to start making plans for the July 4th, 2019! Always one of my favorite holidays, this year is sure to be another fun year with lots of places to choose from to watch the sky sparkle with fireworks of every color. Here is a list of my favorite spots for 4th of July Fun in Tempe:

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Fox 10 Phoenix and the City of Tempe

Head to Tempe Beach Park for the spectacular July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival! The gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun and entertainment are packed into the evening through 10:45 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe always presents one of the best fireworks show in the Phoenix Metro area, and this year will be no different. Everyone will get a good view since the fireworks are shot from the Mill Avenue bridge. The spectacular fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m., will be choreographed to all types of music including patriotic, pop and country. Get there early to enjoy the Family Fun Fest including an inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls and more. There will be live local music, a food court with hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, fry bread, snow cones and lots of cold water and Pepsi products and adult beverage gardens.


Starting June 4, Tempe July 4th tickets can be purchased in advance at City of Tempe outlets for $7 and at Fry’s Food Stores for $8. You can also buy tickets online for $8 plus service charges, or for $10 the day of the event (until the park reaches capacity). General admission is free for children under 12 or for anyone with an active military I.D.

Once again this year, this festival is offering a VIP Garden. VIP tickets are $60 for adults (plus a $6 service charge) and $30 (plus $4 service charge) for children 12 and under. The ticket includes event entry, seating in the misted area, dinner, 2 drink tickets and a great view of the fireworks. Check out www.tempe4th.com for ticket information and more event details.

Clear Bag Policy:

Each ticketed guest can carry one (1) large clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a 12″ by 6” by 12″ clear bag – plus a small clutch purse (4.5″ x 6.5″). Clear bag policy will be enforced.


Because of high attendance to the event and construction in the area, plan to arrive early and leave late for the best parking. There are lots of delicious restaurants in Downtown Tempe, so it’s a great excuse to come early and try out something new, or old favorite. There will also be extended bus and Metro Light Rail service for July 4th if you’d rather not fight the parking crowds. Visit http://tempe4th.com/parking_and_transit.asp for more parking information.

4th of Zoo-ly at the Phoenix Zoo

Spend time with the animals this 4th of July at the Phoenix Zoo’s 4th of Zoo-ly from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy a classic summer BBQ and top off the evening with a very special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the Zoo! There will be a catered all-American dinner by Andrews BBQ at the Lakeside Lawn from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. including BBQ chopped chicken sandwiches, pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, potato chips, fruit salad, cookies and soda and water. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the dinner and the fireworks show. And, there will be cool treats for everyone to enjoy during the fireworks. There will be music provided by a live DJ, special animal encounters, free carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.00 for adults (13 & up), $35.00 for children (3-12) and children 2 years or younger are free. Purchase your ticket online or call (602) 286-3800.

For more ideas about summer events, hotel deals and activities in Temper, visit the Tempe Tourism summer travel tips page.

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.