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Westgate Firework Fest will light up Fourth of July

The sky will light up over Westgate Entertainment District this Fourth of July for the third annual Westgate Firework Fest presented by Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment West Valley on Saturday, July 4 from 5pm – 9:30pm during the West Valley’s largest fireworks show and festival.

Last year, more than 40,000 people turned out and this year promises to be even more patriotic. The free, family-friendly event also has ample, convenient and free parking that will be available at all parking lots surrounding Westgate Entertainment District.

Westgate_Firework Fest Main StageArrive before all the festivities kick off at 5pm to take advantage of all-day dining and shopping deals at participating tenants and have the kids play and cool off at Fountain Park’s Splash Pad, near AMC Theatres. From 5pm until 9pm, live bands and DJs will perform on two stages. The family stage, located at Fountain Park, will have a DJ, dancing, activities for kids and giveaways. The second stage will be located at WaterDance Plaza, in front of Gila River Arena, with a variety of Rock, Alternative, Pop and Country performances by local bands.

For the 21-and-over crowd, a beer garden will be setup near WaterDance Plaza with a broad selection of beer choices. A portion of the proceeds from the beer garden will benefit 100 Club of Arizona.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and picnic in the park and the plaza with “Grab & Go” dining deals from participating Westgate restaurants before and during the 15-minute fireworks show at 9pm.

All restaurant tenants will be open with regular menu offerings along with varying holiday specials and discounts. The following tenants will have Fourth of July “Grab & Go” dining deals:

Crave Waffle Sandwich Creations
Chicken tenders, chips, cookie and soda for $7.99 and a sandwich, chips, cookie and soda for $9.99.

OPA Greek Life Café
Gyro pita, chicken souvlaki pita or specialty pita with fries or salad and a drink for $8.50.

Fresh Healthy Café
Full size wrap, bag of chips, and medium iced tea for $10.

Saddle Ranch Chop House
Hot dog or a chicken taco and a bag of chips for $6.

Calico Jack’s Mexican Cantina
Two tacos (choice of carne asada or chicken), chips & salsa and a drink for $6.

*Valid for grab and go only, not valid for dine-in.

Hamburger, hot dog or wrap with chips and a drink for $5.

The Shout! House
Burger, fries, and a soda for $10.

Shane’s Rib Shack
Three-piece, freshly made chicken tenders, or a Big Dad BBQ Pork Sandwich, with the choice of coleslaw, potato salad, or chips, and a 20 oz. drink for $6.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Traditional and combination dinner entrees including soup, salad and rice starting at $11.95.

Johnny Rockets
Hamburger or cheeseburger with chips and a choice of soda or bottled water for $8.50.

Whiskey Rose
Grilled chicken sandwich, hotdog or cheeseburger with chips and a drink for $7 (bottled water and fruit available for children).

Cold Stone Creamery
A 7.5 oz. Signature Creation and a 16.9 oz. bottle of Dasani water for $4. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream bars for $1.50.

Which Wich
A combo that includes a Wich, chips and a canned soda for $10.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Live on the Lawn series continues at Royal Palms

To celebrate the Fourth of July, Royal Palms Resort and Spa will host the second installment of the Live on The Lawn Music Series as well as other activities throughout the weekend.

Starting Friday, July 3, the free, live music series serve up sips and bites while guest enjoy sitting under the stars on the picturesque Vernadero Lawn and listening to a local band.

Live on the Lawn Music Series details include:

Friday, July 3:

  • Happy Hour in The Mix Up Bar.
  • Enjoy $5 sips and bites from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.
  • Live music from local band, Sugahbeat on the Vernadero Lawn from 7:30pm until 10:00pm.
  • Enjoy cocktails on the lawn from 7:30pm until 10:00pm.
  • There is no cover for the live music.

Saturday, July 4:

  • Lounge by the pool and listen to a live steel drum band from 11:00am until 4:00pm. (Resort guests only).
  • Enjoy delicious street tacos, sangria and margaritas pool side at the Cabana Café.
  • Live Music at The Mix Up Bar from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.

Sunday, Sunday, July 5

  • Lounge by the pool and listen to live music from 11:00am until 4:00pm (Resort guests only).
  • Enjoy delicious street tacos, sangria and margaritas pool side at the Cabana Café.
  • Experience the T. Cook’s three course Taste of Summer dinner menu for $44 per person (tax and gratuity not included).
  • Stop in at The Mix Up Bar for Sunday Game Night – Sip on sangria for only $5 all day while playing board games.

Royal Palms will host the final installment of the Live on the Lawn Music series to celebrate Labor Day weekend on Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 6.


RA Sushi - Bombpop, WEB

Thirsty Thursday: RA Sushi Bombpop

Oh, say can you see? There’s a patriotic cocktail just waiting to turn your Fourth of July weekend into the dawn’s early light. This week’s red, white and blue-themed Thirsty Thursday comes courtesy of RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant, which will make you one of these bombastic babies for $8.

RA Sushi Bombpop!

RA Sushi Bombpop!

What you need:
Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine

How to make it:
Step 1: Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka.
Step 2: Pour eight ounces of Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass.
Step 3: Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass.
Step 4: Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass.
Tip: Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, north Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale. For information, visit RAsushi.com.

Things to do this weekend

The Valley is not resting this Independence Day weekend and neither should you! From a music festival, firework displays at the zoo and Tempe Town Lake, a movie festival and a beer pong tournament, there is no excuse for being bored this holiday weekend.

Independence Day Music Festival with Phillip Phillips
The American Idol will start off this long weekend right, headlining the fourth annual Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River fields.  Phillips won “American Idol” back in 2012 and has been busy ever since. He released a platinum debut, “The World From the Side of the Moon.” He first saw success with his inaugural five-times-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” single, “Home” and his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.  The opening acts are set to start performing at about 5:30 p.m. and the Independence Music Festival promises the “largest fireworks show in Metro Phoenix,” which is set to start after the show, at about 9:55 p.m.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, ticketmaster.com, Thursday July 3. 5:30 p.m. $20 to $40

4th of Zoo-Ly
The Phoenix Zoo celebrates Independence Day with a special 4th of Zoo-Ly! There will be plenty of family fun and exclusive evening access to the zoo with fun activities for everyone. The event features a classic summer BBQ, carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses and special animal guests. The evening will close with a bang with a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the zoo.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, tickets here , Friday, July 4, 7 to 10 p.m., SOLD OUT

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
The Tempe Town Lake Festival, featuring Tempe’s 63rd annual fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake, is always a major hit on July fourth. The festival features many attractions, including live music, splash park,  a climbing wall, and numerous culinary delights.  People will line the lakeshore and kick back on the grassy “beach” for a fireworks show that cannot be beat in terms of location in the valley.  The fireworks are shot from the Mill Street Bridge and nearby buildings and bridges are strung with colorful lights reflecting in the water. Also, lit-up and decorated boats float on the lake to add more color.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, http://www.tempe4th.com/ , Friday July 4. 5 p.m., $ 5 general admission, $30 children’s VIP garden tickets, and  $60 adult VIP garden tickets

Dawn to Dusk Film Festival
Escape the heat this weekend at the Phoenix Art Museum as it says goodbye to its Hollywood Costume exhibit with an all-day film festival! All-day screenings will highlight films from classic to contemporary. Enjoy an entire day of art, cinema, and surprises at the Museum and FilmBar. The schedule: “The Searchers” at 9 a.m., “The Birds” at 11:30 a.m. and “Taxi Driver” at 5 p.m. “Animal House” will also be shown at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix, at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of the festival.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave Phoenix, tickets here, Sunday July 6, $20 and $10 for museum members.


Beer Pong Tournament
Fire House in Tempe will be racking up red cups in the classic pyramid formation, so perfect your arch for a beer pong tournament that comes with series prizes.  The second place prize is complimentary bottle service and the first place winners get a cash prize of $150 cash. Even if you do not sink that winning shot, you can still have beer as a consolation prize.
Firehouse Tempe, 4 East University Drive Tempe, Sunday July 6. 2 p.m.

fourth of july meal

What’s Cooking? Make Fourth of July Sizzle with Amazing Summer Fare

It is crunch time people! Time to start rolling out those last-minute ideas for Fourth of July parties and family get-togethers and most importantly — the menu. Typically, the red, white and blue holiday is associated with old-fashioned fare and barbeque, but who said traditional was the only way?

Whether you’re firing up the grill or cooking indoors this year, any foodie can create a memorable experience with delectable fare for your family and friends with minimal time and effort. Wise in the ways of cooking and pleasing guests, here are a few tips to help your Fourth of July get-together sizzle.

Grilling is a great option when cooking for a large or even small group of people. While the go-to backyard summer party foods are, of course, hamburgers and hotdogs (or sausages), that doesn’t mean they’re the only option. For the vegetarian, offer the option to have a veggie or black bean burger.

And of course—what’s a meal without the option of a side?

From the healthy options of fruit and vegetables, to the pasta salads, cold salads and mini anything, there is never a shortage of ideas to make your Fourth of July get-together unique.

For the veggie-lovers, try roasting or sautéing your favorite seasonal vegetables for a light side dish option. Say no to traditional fruit salad and instead opt to take the fruit to the grill. And how about making your own potato chips with sweet or regular potatoes? It takes minimal time and is a healthy alternative to the store-bought kind. Finally, whip together your favorite pasta dish or pasta salad to round out your side options.

Don’t know what recipe to choose? This macaroni n’ cheese recipe from The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort is delicious and easy to re-create at home.

Recipe for Macaroni n’ Cheese

Place Velveeta cheese in a sauté pan and begin to melt down over medium heat. Once cheese is half melted, add cream and whisk together. Once fully incorporated, add cooked pasta to mix, season with salt and pepper and heat through. Once heated, add parmesan cheese and parsley. Remove from sauté pan and pour into cast iron skillet. Combine panko bread crumbs, chives and salt and pepper and add to the top of the finished mac & cheese. Place under broiler until golden brown.


  • 3oz. Velveeta CheeseFourth of July mac n cheese
  • 1oz. Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TBL Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. Chopped Chive
  • 1.5oz. Heavy Cream
  • 6oz. Cooked Pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. Chopped Parsley

Now that you have your holiday menu planned, there’s nothing left to do but to go out, enjoy the red, white and blue festivities and make yours the party to be envied!

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring – A Fourth of July Infographic

Apple pie, baseball and the Fourth of July: It’s hard for one to think of three more stereotypically American things. Have a Bruce Springsteen album playing in the background and you’d have an Americana overload. Come to think of it, if you ever see someone eating apple pie at a baseball game on the Fourth of July listening to Springsteen they’re probably a poorly disguised spy.

The truth is America is constantly changing: We’re a diverse country with large amounts of different nationalities, races and religions that grow larger every decade. Regardless of your lineage or creed, every Fourth of July we celebrate the history of when we achieved our independence as a country, and we do this by grilling various meats, lounging in the sun with friends of family, rounded off with a night of fireworks.

At Quicken Loans, we’re proud to honor our nation’s history. We’re also proud to honor our veterans both past and present that have allowed us to celebrate the Fourth of July every year. So, as we get closer and closer to the most patriotic of holidays, take a moment to read our Fourth of July infographic.

Let Freedom Ring

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Infographic Credits, courtesy of Quicken Loans:

Source: QuickenLoans.com



Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row: Jon Pardi And A Boy Named Sioux To Perform For Grand Opening, July 4

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will celebrate its official grand opening this Fourth of July with live performances from Jon Pardi and A Boy Named Sioux.

Jon Pardi is a country singer signed by Capitol Records Nashville who peaked in the Billboard Country Airplay Charts top 40 in 2012 with his widely popular single, “Missin’ You Crazy.” He has also shared the stage with the likes of Eric Church and Luke Bryan.

Arizona natives A Boy Named Sioux will join the rising county star.

The group, which consists of R.E. Toney, Greg Ahmann, Austin Goff and Steve Danielak, has won numerous awards, including “Country Group of the Year” in the Phoenix/L.A. Music Awards. They, like Pardi, have graced the stage with country royalty, including Lee Brice and Keith Urban.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Old Town Scottsdale.

Morgan Page

Morgan Page Fourth Of July At W Scottsdale [PHOTOS]

Two-time Grammy nominee and five-time International Dance Music award nominee, Morgan Page, transformed the W Scottsdale’s WET Deck into an EDM nightclub and dance party.

As W Scottsdale guests celebrated the afternoon and evening away (from noon to 9:30 p.m.), the Fourth of July event ended the night with a spectacular fireworks show from the rooftop.

And Scottsdale Living was there to capture it all.

Photos from W Scottsdale’s Morgan Page Fourth of July:

Click on the image for more!

Morgan Page

Photos by Glory Shim

For more information about W Scottsdale or Morgan Page, visit wscottsdalehotel.com or morgan-page.com, respectively.

About Google’s Logo Doodler Dennis Hwang

Top Google Logos 2001

About Google’s Logo Doodler Dennis Hwang.

Google doodles, the drawings that are designed on, around and through the Google logo on the Google home page, have long been part of Google’s history. As a Google intern in 2000, Google Webmaster Dennis Hwang began celebrating and marking worldwide events and holidays with doodles. Since then, the work of the doodle team has been seen by millions and reached cult status, with fans waiting with bated breath to see the next creation on the Google homepage.

Google: doodle4google doodler

My Top five Doodles from 2001:

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year - Google Doodles

January 24th 2001

History.com: The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s been called since the 20th century

St.Patrick’s Day

St.Patrick's Day - Google Doodles

March 17th 2001

Wilstar.com: St.Patrick’s Day

Independence Day

GUnited States Fourth of July Independence Day

July 4th 2001

History.com: Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July

Claude Monet’s Birthday

Claude Monet's Birthday from Google Doodles

November 14th 2001

Wikipedia: Claude Monet

Holiday Series 2001 (4th of 4)

Holiday Series 2001 Google Doodle

December 25th 2001

Holiday of Lights: Holiday Traditions Around the World

Doodle 4 Google: Time lapse video of Google Doodle creation

A time lapse video that shows Chief Google Doodler Dennis Hwang draw a Google Doodle from start to finish. He creates a doodle that commemorates the Lunar New Year and invites students to join the Doodle 4 Google art competition.

by Google



Check back Next week for the 2002 Google Doodle’s