Here are a few of the celebrations happening in the Valley this weekend.
Light Up the Sky: 6:30 p.m. The highlight of this celebration, which has been has been taking place for more than 20 years, is the large fireworks display at 9:10 p.m. There will be 10 or more inflatables, a performance of the national anthem and performances by mariachis and Hispanic bands. Food vendors will be there. Free. Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.
Anthem Independence Day Celebration: 6-10 p.m. Highlights include live music, including a performance by the newly crowned Anthem Idol, Dave Hatley; wet and dry inflatables; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages are available. Free. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway.
Sizzlin Summer Bash: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate in Sedona with pie-eating contests and rock-and-roll and blues performances. Kids activities include face painting and star-spangled crafts. A balloon artist makes animals. Free admission. Oak Creek Brewery hosts a barbecue with sliders, ribs and mini brats. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 336 Arizona 179, Sedona.
Cave Creek's Third of July Fireworks: 5 p.m. The celebration starts with a barbecue followed by live music by EastonAshe outdoors and Young Country indoors. The party also features drink specials, prizes, face painting and the Games2U Mobile Video Theater. Call for reservations. Free admission. Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road.
Lake Pleasant Fireworks Show: 5-10 p.m. Family activities include trackless train rides, bounce houses, water slides and live DJ music. RV, car and ATVs are displayed. The Perfect Poise Car Club shows hot rods and "chopped down" trucks. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available, including hot dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers, carne asada, snow cones, ice cream, soda, lemonade and water. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. $10 parking, free admission. Pleasant Harbor RV Resort, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria
All American Festival: 5-10 p.m. Peoria's celebration features live music on multiple stages, a kids zone, water zone, hot-dog-eating contest, family activities and fireworks. There is also an F-16 flyover. $5, free for age 12 and younger. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
Hometown Fireworks Celebration: A co-ed volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m., followed by swimming from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. A kids zone offers bounce houses, water slides and games from 6-9 p.m.; free watermelon is available. Judging for a bicycle-, tricycle- and wagon-decorating contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Classic rockers One Minute Millionaires perform from 7-9 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Free admission. Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive.
Surprise Fourth of July Celebration: 5:30 p.m. Watch a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; the game begins at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands offer food and beverages. A 20-minute fireworks show set to patriotic music follows the game at about 8:30 p.m. Tickets are required, with a limit of six per family. Early pickup recommended at Community & Recreation Services Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Free admission. Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave
Tempe Town Lake Festival: 4 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs, grab a spot on the lawn and hear bands perform rock, folk, pop and country music. Kids activities include bounce houses, rock walls, face painting and relay races. VIP packages including misted seating, a barbecue dinner and two drink tickets are available. Fireworks are choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Food for sale includes hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, fry bread and snow cones. Tickets available at Valley Fry's Food Stores and various city of Tempe locations. $30-$60 VIP barbecue, $15 for two in advance, $8 for one at the gate, $6 in advance, $5 at city of Tempe locations, free for age 12 and younger and those with current military ID. Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth: 6 p.m. The patriotic program includes an F-16 flyover. Entertainers perform on three stages. More than 50 booths include food and beverage vendors and community displays. A kids zone offers inflatables and activities. Fireworks wrap up the evening. Free. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Old Fashion 4th of July: 6-9 p.m. Family activities include sack races, an egg toss and a watermelon-eating contest. A DJ provides music. Food and beverages are available. Lawn chairs are recommended. A fireworks display begins at dark. Free. Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye.
2011 Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: 4-10:30 p.m. Activities include a kids carnival, dunk tank, 35-foot water slide, water-balloon wars, 24-foot rock climbing wall and games. A push, pull, pedal and bicycle parade is featured at 6 p.m. Live music is performed beginning at 7 p.m. A fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverage vendors are on-site. Presented by the Chandler Lions Club and the city of Chandler. $5 parking, free admission. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road.
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