Valley Girl’s Fourth of July Staycation Guide

Group of friends toasting at poolside party

Traveling on Independence Day weekend can be exhausting. Coordinating schedules, finding time to plan the trip, running into traffic can all get a bit draining. So why not stay right at home? Sometimes a staycation can be way more fun than a vacation. Here are some ideas for a weekend at home on Fourth of July weekend.

  1. Listen to Live Music

Tempe 4th

What better way to spend your Fourth of July than listening to music and eating some delicious food? Tempe 4th at Tempe Town Lake has live bands, lots of food and fireworks scheduled at Mill Avenue Bridge in the evening.

Date: Monday, July 4


Two girls on shoulders in the crowd at music festival

  1. Hit Up A Local Hotel

Freedom Fest Weekend

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has you covered on things to do. Everything from concerts and fireworks to military tributes, there won’t be a dull moment the entire weekend.

Date: July 1-4


4Th of July fireworks celebration, Christmas and New Year

  1. Pool Parties

W Scottsdale

If you’re planning on hitting up a pool party the W Scottsdale is the only way to go this Fourth of July. Grab your friends and your best bikini for endless fun in the sun all weekend long.

Saturday 7/2 – Performance by the Deux Twins 12pm-6pm

Sunday 7/3 – Performance by Resident Local DJs Aaron Taylor and Knick Knack 12pm-6pm

Monday 7/4 – Performance by Jessica Who, Saint Clair & Sam Pace 12pm-2am, Fireworks Display at 9pm


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  1. Host Your Own Pool Party

A pool party is the perfect way to beat the heat on this iconic holiday and it takes little effort to plan. After you narrow down your guest list, here are a few essentials for an awesome pool party: a great playlist, festive decorations, snacks, drinks and a rad pool float.

Pool Float

  1. Head To The River

If you’re really itching to get out of town while still staying close to home, the Salt River is a perfect option. It’s just a short drive away and what could be better than spending the Fourth of July sipping some ice cold drinks while floating down a river?

Happy young woman in lake on inflatable ring

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