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Published on June 21, 2024
Avondale's "Light Up the Sky" Event, Largest Tailgate Fireworks Display Set for Fourth of July at Phoenix RacewaySource: Unsplash/DESIGNECOLOGIST

The City of Avondale is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July bash with "Light Up the Sky" set to dazzle residents and visitors alike. In an event described as having the "largest tailgate fireworks experience in the Valley," spectators can join the festivities at the Phoenix Raceway this July 4. Admittance is free for what promises to be a night of explosive colors lighting up the Arizona sky, according to the City of Avondale.

Those planning to attend should note that gates will open at 6 p.m., with the anticipated fireworks display starting at the pinpointed time of 8:25 p.m. But it's not just about the fireworks - before the night sky becomes a canvass for pyrotechnics, families can dive into a variety of entertainment options including live music from Soulitify, assorted crafts, and face painting, as per the City of Avondale. Food vendors will also be at the ready, serving up their wares, albeit exclusively accepting card payments, "Light Up the Sky" offers a community-centric atmosphere where attendees can spread out their folding chairs, unpack coolers, and share snacks, though personal grills and open-fire cooking will have to remain at home, as they are not permitted.

For those looking for a plush experience, VIP Passes provide an upgrade from the general admission. These passes afford perks such as VIP parking, a meal, and access to The Barn paired with sips from Huss Brewing Alehouse. As reported by the City of Avondale press release, prices for the VIP Passes are $55 per adult and $35 for each child between the ages of 3-15, while toddlers aged 3 and below can tag along for free, sans the meal inclusion. Remember that these passes are not infinite — they’re bounded by the limits of supply and the ticking clock, with sales halting on June 23.