Light up the sparklers, dig the handheld flags out of the closet and gather the family for Independence Day events in the Scottsdale area. Some of the festivities include fireworks.
The Grand Ol’ Family Picnic
Nostalgic for the watermelon eating contests and potato sack races of a small town July 4 celebration? Check out Scottsdale’s old-fashioned family picnic at Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road.
Barbecue grills will be set up in the park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. so it’s possible to cook your own food or eat the free hot dogs brought by the city. Families can participate in a tug-of-war competition, pair up for a three-legged race or make arts and crafts, said Terry Erickson, Scottsdale’s senior recreation coordinator.
Visitors can also write letters and draw pictures to send to soldiers overseas.
The picnic will not conclude with fireworks, but maps will be provided to other local displays.
The Satisfied Frog Barbecue
Bring the kids and enjoy a 25-minute Cave Creek fireworks display at dusk, after an evening barbecue at the Satisfied Frog restaurant. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Cave Creek Merchants Chamber of Commerce, but the restaurant is planning its own pre-fireworks bash at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road. The outdoor barbecue with patriotic music starts at 7 p.m.
“Red, ‘Wright’ and Blues Fest”
The Scottsdale winter home of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright will host a fundraiser and blues concert.
Taliesin West’s “Red, ‘Wright’ and Blues Fest” runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $70 at the door.
The evening includes a jazz and blues concert, featuring King Gypsy Caravan and the Sahnas Brothers. Six Valley caterers donated appetizers, wine and beer.
“This is our first stab at opening up the property to the local population at a time when they aren’t fighting our out-oftown visitors,” said Cher Wood, Taliesin West’s administrative coordinator. The property will be open for tours throughout the evening, she said, “to educate our local population who haven’t had a chance to experience Mr. Wright’s works.”
The event will not include fireworks, but Wood said the property’s location will make for spectacular views of nearby displays.
Advanced tickets are available by calling (480) 627-5363 by 5 p.m. Taliesin West is located at 12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale.
Fourth at the Fort
Creedence Clearwater Revisited is celebrating Independence Day at the Valley’s Fort McDowell Casino. A fireworks display will follow the free outdoor concert at 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Creedence Clearwater takes the stage at 8 p.m.
It is an all-ages event. The casino’s KidZone, open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include water slides and a sports area. Call (800) 843-3678 for details.
CBS5 July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival
The annual event will include a fireworks display, live entertainment, family fun area, splash zone, a food court and a beer garden.
The festival is from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Tickets are $6 at Safeway stores, or $8 at the door and $15 for pairs. Tickets for children 12 and under are free.
Food and coolers are not permitted inside the park. Each person may bring one gallon of sealed water, blankets and portable chairs. Pets, skateboards, bicycles and roller skates are not permitted. For more information, call (480) 350-5189 or visit www. tempe4th.com.
Municipal buildings in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Carefree, Cave Creek and Paradise Valley will be closed today.
Scottsdale will collect trash as scheduled. The other towns do not use a citywide garbage collection service, so residents should contact their trash-hauling company for information about pickup.