Planning a Patriotic Party for the Fourth of July

If you are in Phoenix for the Fourth of July, you might be interested in checking out the Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth. The event runs from 6 to 10 pm at the Steele Indian School Park and admission is free. Entertainment includes a Kid Zone with inflatable rides and activities, live music, a classic car exhibit, an F-16 fly over, and a fireworks display.

There are many other Fourth of July celebrations throughout Arizona, but if you want to hold your own, here are some tips to help you plan your event.

If you are planning on having fireworks at your event, check the local laws and make sure that using fireworks is permitted. Arizona state law allows some fireworks items, but prohibits any fireworks that explode or shoot anything into the air. City laws vary with some prohibiting pretty much everything. Fireworks are not allowed on BLM land.

There is good reason for fireworks to be controlled or illegal in Arizona. Arizona is a dry and flammable state, and when you are playing with fireworks you are literally playing with fire. Every year fires are started and people are injured by fireworks.

One alternative to fireworks is to have a laser light show. The best part about using lasers is there is no fire involved. Depending on your budget, there are all sorts of indoor and outdoor options available to buy or rent, some of which mimic fireworks and others which have a beauty all of their own. For best results, you may want to hire a professional to create a stunning light show.

Pick up some Patriotic music for your party. A variety of rock or classic collections are available to purchase or you can hire a DJ or musicians to keep the music playing throughout your party. As an added benefit, some DJs also do laser light shows for events.

If you are having kids at your event, consider renting an inflatable to keep them busy. One option is the Forces of Fun Obstacle Course. The red, white, and blue superhero themed inflatable is large enough for adults to join in with the kids and features climbing walls and slides.

Decorate your party with red, white, and blue for a traditional Independence Day look. Party and dollar stores sell a variety of decorations, plates, cups, and party favors in Patriotic colors or with a flag motif.

Hot dogs are a popular choice for Fourth of July parties as are hamburgers and steaks. Depending on the size of your party, you might set up the barbecue, have a pot luck, or hire a caterer to take care of the food requirements.

Whatever you decide to do for the Holiday, hope you have a great Fourth of July!

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