Keep it local this 4th of July with these downtown Phoenix happenings. From family fun to baseball to live shows to fireworks, celebrate Independence Day weekend with our roundup of patriotic events.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Local First Arizona’s Annual Pub Crawl: Get ready for a night out in downtown Phoenix exploring some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Starting at 7 p.m., 21+ folks can enjoy $5 drink specials at participating locations, including Valley Bar, Cornish Pasty Co. and FEZ. Local First will be guiding participants through a free scavenger hunt along the way, so bring your friends to solve clues for spectacular prizes. To learn more and register for the event, click here.
All-American Weekend at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar: Starting Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, LUSTRE is celebrating America’s independence with a long weekend of pool parties and staycation deals. Each day, the poolside party kicks off at 11 a.m. on the third-floor deck of Hotel Palomar and includes live music, Tito’s Handmade Vodka specials and tastings, an outdoor barbecue and more. There’s no cover, but if you want to upgrade your experience, you can reserve a VIP package by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For those looking to turn the weekend into a staycation, Hotel Palomar is offering a summer deal that includes rooms starting from $120 per night and discounts at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and LUSTRE. Visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com to book a reservation.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
AZ Diamondbacks at Chase Field: The D-backs will rock custom-made ‘Stars and Stripes’ uniforms as they take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 p.m. at Chase Field on Saturday. A pre-game ceremony will feature tributes to military organizations and charities, such as Folds of Honor. Following the game, attendees can enjoy a fireworks spectacular, presented by Gila River Casinos. The first 20,000 attendees will receive patriotic t-shirts, courtesy of State Forty Eight. To purchase tickets, click here. For information about military discounts, click here.
Red, White & Brew at Copper Blues: Copper Blues is celebrating the 4th a little early this year by throwing the biggest party in downtown Phoenix on Saturday. The BBQ grill fires up at 3 p.m. to serve hot dogs and hamburgers, and the whiskey fountain will be full of house-made Copper Fire Whiskey. Phoenix-based cover band Nineball will perform at 9:00 p.m. Party-goers can also enjoy spiked snow cones all weekend long.
SUNDAY, JULY 2
“Super America Trivia!” at Crescent Ballroom: Test your U.S. knowledge at Crescent’s free trivia night, hosted by DJ Heimbuck. Enjoy $4 Oskar Blues cans and house wine, $1 chips and salsa, $8 nachos and $3 bean burritos from 5-8 p.m. The first question will be asked at 6 p.m., and DJ Heimbuck will be playing jams between rounds. Try your luck for prizes such as free tickets to shows, gift cards to Crescent or Stinkweeds and bacon — because what’s more patriotic than bacon?
MONDAY, JULY 3
Independence Day Eve at Cobra Arcade Bar: Choose from a selection of 40 arcade games like Super Mario Bros. and The Simpsons to play this Independence Day eve, as Cobra Arcade Bar will be closed July 4. The bar’s co-founder, Ariel Bracamonte, searched every inch of the U.S. for arcade games to include in his bar, so what better way to celebrate America than by enjoying Bracamonte’s classic American finds. DJ Stoneypie and Dungeon Destroyah will be providing the night’s music and Cobra’s bartenders will be offering specialty drinks throughout the night. Get your drink on and pop some tokens in the vintage gems at 9 p.m.
Re:Sound Music Summer Series 003 at Melinda’s Alley: With prohibition repealed, 21+ folks can enjoy this speakeasy-like joint in all its glory. Hear DJ Michael Hooker, Orenda and Nikolas’ mixes of deep house, tech and melodic techno at 9 p.m. in the basement of the Renaissance Hotel. The DJ set is part of the Re:Sound Music Summer Series 003 showcase. Enjoy special premium crafted cocktails by Melinda’s mixologists while experiencing the unique visuals and lighting this show has to offer. Get your $10 tickets quick, as the crowd is limited to 69 people.
TUESDAY, JULY 4
4th at the Phoenix Art Museum: The Phoenix Art Museum (PAM) will open at 10 a.m. for museum-goers looking to celebrate their patriotism by viewing the museum’s American collection and Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road, an exhibition featuring photographs of America’s most famous highway, Route 66. Admission is free for PAM members, military members and youth 5 years of age and under. For information about military discounts, click here.
Fabulous Phoenix 4th: This year’s 32nd annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th will feature live music, festival-style food and drinks, interactive exhibits, kids activities, fireworks and more. Thousands of attendees will flock to Steele Indian School Park from 6-10 p.m. to enjoy this free family-friendly event. Don’t miss one of the southwest’s largest fireworks displays.
Independence Day Valley Metro Service: Celebrate the red, white and blue by avoiding traffic congestion and parking hassles with Valley Metro. The Valley Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule with enhanced service starting at 5 p.m. to support the holiday festivities, like Fabulous Phoenix 4th. Greater use of park-and-rides and light rail trains is expected, especially after the conclusion of fireworks shows. Riders are encouraged to plan ahead by purchasing fare in advance and allowing themselves extra time to reach their destinations. Parking at park-and-rides is FREE and an all-day pass is $4. For more information, visit valleymetro.org.