From fireworks to pool parties to baseball to music, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the 4th of July like a true downtowner. Check out our roundup of happenings in downtown Phoenix over the Independence Day weekend, and to give it that extra local touch, you can ride light rail or bike to any of these great events!
“Independence & Music” – An Evening of Music at The Newton: Continue the Independents Week celebration with independent music from North Brother Island, Longbird, Pageant, and Teddy’s Bullet at The Newton.
First Fridays at The Heard Museum – Native + You: The theme of this month’s Native & You is “Super Kids,” where kids become “super heroes in training.” You’ll find a DJ spinning Brazilian music, Capoeira demonstrations and an artist meet & greet with Joe Hopkins.
“Order, Chaos and Everything in Between” at monOrchid: Check out the opening reception for artist Ryan J. Carey’s solo exhibition, presented by Shade Projects.
Fabulous Phoenix 4th at Steele Indian School Park: This Phoenix 4th of July tradition is celebrating its 30th year with two stages of local entertainment, vendors, kids activities and one of the largest firework displays in the southwest.
AZ Diamondbacks at Chase Field: The Diamondbacks take on the San Diego Padres at Chase Field at 6:40 p.m., but there is plenty going on before and after the game. Tailgate Games start at 5 p.m., the first 20,000 fans will receive a stars and stripes t-shirt, a pre-game ceremony will honor our military and after the game, the ballpark roof will open for a firework spectacular.
Made in the USA Rooftop Pool Party: LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at the Hotel Palomar will keep their “100 Days of Summer” series going with a patriotic pool party on July 4th and 5th. Enjoy live music, specialty cocktails, a patriotic costume contest and a great view of the Chase Field fireworks display.
Red, White, & Booze at Copper Blues: Have a delicious 4th at Copper Blues with a $20 all-American, all-you-can-eat BBQ, live music, spiked snocones and beer garden games.
Bad Cactus Brass Band at The Nash: Celebrate America at Downtown’s premiere jazz venue with the Bad Cactus Brass Band and hot dogs from Short Leash. Rumor has it the band might even head outside during the fireworks!
Funky Soul 4th at Valley Bar: Keep it cool at Valley Bar with DJ MR PHX & DJ M.Rocka’s mix of funk, soul, new soul and old school jams, then follow it up with live band Southside Soul featuring Larry Bailey.
Featured image: Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks
Downtown Phoenix’s own Valley Youth Theatre is closing out their 2014-2015 season with a production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fractured-fairy tale musical, Into the Woods.
The production opened on June 12 at the Herberger Theater to positive reviews and the final run of the show begins Thursday, June 25, with multiple performances through Sunday, June 28.
It is the first time the production has run locally since the release of the 2014 Oscar-nominated film version starring Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick. According to Valley Youth Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper, “This is the largest and most lavish production of Into the Woods that has been produced in years in the valley.”
The cast includes 22 local young actors and features the overall high production values that Valley Youth Theatre is known for. According to Cooper, “It is the best entertainment value for the dollar! (Audiences) will love and enjoy the production and will want to come back for more.”
Theater is a key part of downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture landscape. “There is nothing like a live theatrical production,” says Cooper. “It is so important to the experience of visiting downtown and it is imperative to attracting business and retail thereby impacting the economy in a dramatic (pun intended) way.”
If You Go:
What: Into the Woods presented by Valley Youth Theatre
Where: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix, 85004
When: Thursday, June 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 – $39
Photos courtesy of Valley Youth Theatre
The biggest event this Sunday may be the Super Bowl, but the cutest event hands down is the Puppy Bowl.
Billed as “the biggest event on all fours,” the Puppy Bowl is broadcast annually on Super Bowl Sunday by the Animal Planet network. In this event, teams of puppies take to a pint-sized football field and romp their way to gridiron glory.
While the actual Puppy Bowl has already been recorded, Super Bowl revelers in Phoenix can get a taste of the action at The Puppy Bowl Cafe, located at The Corner at CityScape, inside Verizon Super Bowl Central.
Today through Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day, teams of adoptable puppies from the Arizona Humane Society will compete on a miniature football field located on the cafe’s patio.
According to the Arizona Humane Society’s Bretta Nelson, they will have an all-star lineup of rescue dogs, each with their own unique rags-to-riches story, “everything from shepherd mixes, to lab/chow mixes to chihuahuas.”
The puppies will rotate throughout the day, with three litters appearing in the morning, then heading back to the shelter where another set of litters will come off the bench. “It’s about making sure they’re comfortable while getting the exposure,” says Nelson.
At the end of the the Super Bowl festivities, all of the puppies will be up for adoption at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion, located at 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix.
Photography by NBMA Photography
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A unique public/private partnership is saving dozens of mature trees and bringing additional shade and beauty to the increasingly walkable Downtown core.
When a City of Phoenix-owned lot on Second Street between Taylor and Polk was tabbed as the future site of Arizona State University’s new law school, a place-holding parking lot was created. When the timetable for construction of the law school was accelerated, it left the future of the lot’s 116 trees in doubt.
DPP recently boxed 43 trees that are being stored at the Partnership’s new activation project, the SPACE_BETWEEN, until weather permits more favorable planting conditions. DPR is salvaging 32 Palo Verde and Mulga trees along Taylor and Polk streets that will remain in place as part of the finished law school project.
Many of these displaced mature trees, which would cost between $1000 and $2000 to buy new, will be transported this fall to vacant Downtown tree wells along Adams Street between Second Street and Second Avenue. Others will stay at the SPACE_BETWEEN, which has seen its site plan break ground and will debut this fall on First Street between Valley Youth Theatre and Taylor Place.
“This is a great opportunity for us to put more established trees within our tree wells to provide more shade canopy, which we desperately need Downtown,” said Ray Cabrera, the Partnership’s Streetscape Programs Manager. “These trees have had three years to grow and provide shade to those who walk near the lot. It’s only appropriate we try to transplant as many of these valuable public assets as we can.”
Additionally, the Partnership will be switching out many Palo Brea trees along Adams Street. Palo Brea trees have been phased out of that street’s tree palette because they don’t do well in the tree wells and their branches have the propensity to break, often causing property damage. Trees will also be planted in abandoned tree wells near the former Matador building.
This project has also spawned the Downtown Tree and Shade Task force. Led by the Partnership and Downtown Phoenix, Inc., the task force will focus on education, advocacy and demonstration projects that will help Downtown become the model for how the City and region’s tree and shade goals are met and exceeded.
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REDESIGNED DOWNTOWN PHOENIX DIRECTORY FEATURES LOCAL ART
Featuring an artistic rendering of First Street on the cover, a redesigned 2014 Downtown Phoenix January to June Directory is hitting the streets now.
Local artist Jon Arvizu’s digital rendering celebrates the new shade trees, expanded walkable space and temporary planters installed by the City of Phoenix in late 2013.
“I’m glad to see a renewed interest in making Downtown Phoenix a more pedestrian and bike-friendly destination,” Arvizu said about the improvements that inspired his cover artwork. “In a city this large, an accessible Downtown benefits everyone.”
The redesigned cover continues the recent Downtown Phoenix Partnership publication initiative to highlight the Downtown Phoenix experience through art.
The Downtown Directory, the must-have resource for visitors and urban explorers, includes business listings for over 200 businesses and 120 restaurants in the 90-square-block urban core. The new edition also features a new Walking Tours list, encouraging pedestrians to explore Downtown’s historic buildings and public art.
The Directory will be distributed to businesses, restaurants and major event locations inside and outside of Downtown and through the Downtown Ambassador team.
In addition to the 2014 January-June Downtown Phoenix Directory, information about Downtown Phoenix is easily accessible through the Partnership’s web site www.downtownphoenix.com.