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!

JULY 3rd

“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.

JULY 4th

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.


Photo: Hotel Palomar Phoenix

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