July 4 is a time of remembrance — a time to celebrate the founding of the United States of America.
Now 243 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the nation to this day has continued to build upon the principles set forth by the Founding Fathers.
But while Independence Day has its own historical significance, it’s also a time of fun in the sun, situated perfectly in the heart of summer — and the Arizona heat.
Whether cooling off at a local pool, having a historical fireworks blowout, or just gathering to spend time with friends and family in a fun, outdoor setting, here are five city-hosted Fourth of July celebrations in the West Valley.
The theme of Avondale’s celebration is apt. With temperatures upward of 100 degrees, the city plans to bring back its Waterpalooza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Friendship Park.
Waterpalooza will offer guests the opportunity to cool down in the hot summer sun with free water activities such as water slides and a dunk tank. There will be plenty of other family-friendly festivities to boot.
Complimentary hot dogs and chips will be provided while supplies last, and concession stands will be stocked with icy treats to purchase.
Friendship Park is at 12325 W. McDowell Road. For more information, call 623-333-2400 or visit avondaleaz.gov/events.
Buckeye’s annual Independence Day celebration — at 6 p.m. at Youngker High School — will feature festive food and treats.
The event will play host to a variety of food trucks, vendors and live entertainment.
The Buckeye Main Street Coalition will provide free watermelon, and there will be fun activities and shopping for the whole family.
The evening will conclude with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs.
Youngker High School is at 3000 S. Apache Road.
For more information, visit buckeyeaz.gov/events.
The city of Goodyear will bring a little bit of the Fourth of July to Goodyear Ballpark with its Star-Spangled Fourth celebration from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The celebration will feature live music, inflatable water slides, bounce houses, a zipline and carnival swing, and a 20-minute fireworks show. Guests may bring blankets.
Parking and admission are free, though air-conditioned suites with all-you-can-eat buffets and nonalcoholic beverages for up to 15 people can be reserved for $550. For more information, visit goodyearbp.com or call 623-882-3120.
Goodyear Ballpark is at 1933 S. Ballpark Way. For a list of items allowed/not allowed at Goodyear Ballpark, visit goodyearbp.com/ballpark-information/ballpark-policies.
Over in Litchfield Park, celebrate the patriotic holiday at the recreation center pool from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Named Splash Bash, this event is sure to be a bash, with relay races, cannonball contests and greased watermelon polo. Activities have also been expanded to the library lawn, and include face painting, giant lawn games, cornhole, sack races and a kids’ water slide. A family-friendly affair, kids can win prizes and take home patriotic mementos. Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty will even make a special appearance.
This year’s event is a partnership with Estrella Gymnastics, Kiwanis Club of Litchfield Park and local Realtor Anne King of West USA Realty.
The public event costs $2 per person, but those with a valid Litchfield Park pool pass can get in for free. Children younger than 3 years old will be admitted free.
Various vendors in the north parking lot will also sell food and beverage. Admission is not required to purchase from vendors.
The recreation center is at 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. For more information, call 623-935-9040 or visit litchfield-park.org.
The city of Tolleson will host family-friendly musical entertainment by the People Who Could Fly Band at its own Fourth of July celebration, which is from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Veterans Park.
Adults can also stuff their faces via a hotdog-eating contest, while kids ages 6 to 12 can partake in a watermelon-eating contest and teens just a bit older, ages 13 to 17, can duke it out in a pepperoni pizza-eating contest. Pre-registration is recommended, as there is a limit of 10 people per contest. To register, should space still be available, visit tollesonaz.org/events.
City staff will also cut and pass out slices of watermelon donated by Rousseau Farming Company.
Arguably the moment everyone will be on the lookout for, however, a fireworks show will close out the evening at 9 p.m. It is recommended that guests bring blankets and chairs.
Veterans Park is at 8601 W. Van Buren Street. Parking will be available at City Hall and the 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street parking lots. Shuttle services will be provided to Veterans Park.