Arizona is a beautiful place to visit if you’re not lucky enough to live in the showplace of the Southwest. With mountainous terrain, valleys and deserts, the varied landscape creates a beautiful quilt of colors for the exploding fireworks overhead. With mild, dry weather for nearly all the year, Arizona firework shows usually pull out all the stops for holidays and special events because they don’t have to factor much rain into the equation.. A common question is whether fireworks are on display over the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately ‘no’ due to safety concerns at this national treasure.
In Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, fireworks are always a hot pick in entertainment for the Fourth of July. Patriotic celebrations can be found in abundance all over the greater Phoenix area, from downtown through the outlying suburbs. A hot event in Phoenix is the Tempe Town Lake Festival and Firework Show, said to be the largest fireworks display in the state. Before the sun sets, visitors will find lots of family entertainment and then a 40-minute choreographed firework show is launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge – this is a long show, most fireworks shows typically just run 20 minutes. Also, the Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth is a huge event with more than 100,000 folks in attendance ready to party with a patriotic program that ends with a blast of fireworks.
A few days before the Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, the City on Phoenix hosts a firework show at Maryvale Baseball Park. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Phoenix at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party, a year-end party so over-the-top that USA Today has ranked it as one of the top 10 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in America More than 100,000 people attend this event that is jam packed with carnival rides, headlining entertainment and a confetti blast - fireworks show.
Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city but is certainly not second-choice when it comes to fantastic views, family fun and fireworks. With 350 days of sunshine, the climate is right for an amazing array of firework shows. The largest firework display in southern Arizona is the Red, White and Boom at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Free for the public, the patriotic shindig includes family and children’s activities, all-American food and dazzling fireworks shot off over the desert landscape. There are also many firework shows in the foothills of Arizona, many in the resort locations of Tucson. The July 4th at the Westin La Paloma features is lots of fun with old-fashioned picnic games like watermelon races and concludes with a firework show for the grand finale. Or check out the 4th of July Concert and Fireworks at the Hilton El Conquistador. The Tucson Rodeo, also known as t he Fiesta de los Vaqueros, is celebrated by the town – kids even get a couple days off school! These and other events often kick off or conclude with awesome pyrotechnic shows. Usher in the New Year with First Night, a family-friendly event that finishes off with a midnight laser and firework show.
For the sports fans, head out to game in Arizona and there is a good chance you’ll see some fireworks both on and above the fields. Over at Chase Field, baseball fans will Arizona Diamondbacks enjoy firework shows after many of the home games, just kick back in your seat watch the beautiful shots fired up into the sky. The Arizona Cardinals, the NFL football team, often hosts fireworks at the University of Phoenix stadium. For more sports-related firework shows, check out the schedules for the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona in Tucson.
When visiting Arizona, call up your hotel concierge or check out the Arizona Visitor's Center beforehand to get the skinny on firework watching opportunities Always on the pulse of what is happening all over the city, including firework shows, you’ll find quick and accurate information from this traveler’s resource. The beautiful state of Arizona, from the mountains to the valleys, is a gorgeous place to watch fireworks explode in the sky.