The Fourth of July is a time to kick back with friends and family, enjoy some barbecue and watch fireworks. There is certainly no shortage of places around Arizona to witness awesome firework displays. If you and your family are looking for something a little different this year, read on for some of the most popular destinations around the state.
Amazing Places To Check Out
You may be able to see a firework display from your backyard. However, if you feel like hitting the road, there are plenty of cities putting on their own unique celebrations for the holiday. Break out of your routine and visit one of these exciting destinations:
- Phoenix Zoo: The Phoenix Zoo hosts an annual “Fourth of Zooly” celebration. This is a fun time if you want some delicious barbecue food and see the animals before the fireworks fill the sky. You get a beautiful view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks.
- Tempe Center of the Arts: People looking for a more upscale occasion should look into the celebration at the Tempe Center of the Arts. You will be able to wear your finest semiformal attire and sip on cocktails before the fireworks start.
- Steele Indian School Park: There is plenty of food and entertainment at the park every Independence Day. This is a great place to go if you have kids, because there are plenty of youth activities to keep children occupied.
- Scottsdale Celebration at WestWorld: For the price of admission to this event, you get much more than fireworks. You also get live entertainment and a petting zoo, which is sure to be delightful for the young ones.
These are just a few places you can spend your Fourth of July. If you plan on making a road trip out of town for the occasion, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Road Trip Planning
The time around Independence Day is always one of the busiest for roadways. Millions of people all over the country hit the freeways to spend the holiday in another location. Therefore, you need to plan your trip accordingly. You want to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. You do not want to miss the fireworks because you got caught in traffic. It is always better to be too early to your destination than too late.
If you are planning a particularly long trip, you want to be certain your vehicle can handle it. Take your car to a professional to get it inspected. While there are a few inspections you can do on your own, such as checking tire pressure, you will need an expert to tell you for sure if your engine is in good shape to take on a road trip.
While you hope you will not have to use it, you should have emergency supplies in your car just in case. This should include a first aid kit in case anyone gets hurt. You also want to have a flashlight, jumper cables, bottled water and road flares. You should also make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave the house in case you need to make an emergency phone call on the road.
Lastly, make sure you and your passengers are comfortable. Pack some snacks to munch on while driving and bring along pillows in case anyone wants a nap.
While you definitely want to practice good foresight before going on road trip, it is important to remember to have fun. This can be a great experience for you and your loved ones. And for one final tip, make sure you have a camera ready, so you can take a lot of pictures to remember your exciting day.