4th of July – 2021

Who’s ready to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue? Classic Fourth of July gatherings with fireworks and food can be found across the Valley in 2021. Check out my list of things to do for the 4th of July in West Valley:



The Wigwam in partnership with the City of Litchfield Park invites you to gather the whole family, grab some lawn chairs, blankets or beach towels to sit on, and join us on the Blue Golf Course for our annual Red, White & Boom event. Get ready for a Fourth of July celebration to remember, complete with the DJ spinning great tunes, delicious American fare, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show.

The Wigwam – 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park



Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, conveniently adjacent to the Phoenix Metro area, Pleasant Harbor hosts this annual fireworks show, as well as food trucks, free kids activities, including water slides, bounce houses and live music. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and activities running through 10:30 p.m.

Pleasant Harbor Marina (Southeastern Shore of Lake Pleasant) – 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria



Come to the largest tailgate fireworks experience in the Southwest Valley for a free fireworks show, or choose an upgrade to watch the fireworks from the VIP zone. Festivities, kid zone, food, and fireworks to light up the sky are all part of the celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m., the fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m. and the event ends at the conclusion of the fireworks show.

Phoenix Raceway – 7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale



Enjoy free face painting, balloon twisting, an iconic chalk walk, patriotic photo ops, live music and a dazzling fireworks display at 9 p.m. Additionally, multiple Westgate eateries and experiential venues will offer special deals and festive drinks and dishes to round out the evening.

Westgate Entertainment District – 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale



Enjoy a brilliant 15-minute fireworks show from Reserved Fire Pits, Reserved Patio Seating, the Oasis Water Park, or from the patio of your guaranteed view suite, available exclusively to resort guests. The Fireworks show will be accompanied by a DJ and Willie’s Taco Truck will be offering delicious eats.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa – 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix



This annual fireworks show put on by the City of Phoenix will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. This is a free and non-alcoholic family event. Hang out at the park with friends and family and enjoy the show.

Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix


Soar Over the Valley in a Hot Air Balloon!

Springtime is upon us and now is the best time of year for a hot air balloon flight over the Valley! Hot air balloon rides are an incredible way to see the beauty of the desert. Is soaring over the Valley in a hot air balloon on your Arizona bucket list? Check out these local Arizona hot air balloon experts to book your flight today!

If you see your dream home while you’re floating in the sky, give me a call once you’re back on the ground! 602-329-7782

4th of July Fireworks 2020

Yes, there will still be fireworks this year! While some events have been canceled this year, others changed up their format to social distance drive-ins!

FireworksLitchfield Park
The City of Litchfield Park and The Wigwam are partnering to present a 4th of July fireworks show on the grounds of The Wigwam. Unlike prior years, there will not be an event attached to the fireworks show.  Area residents are encouraged to watch from their homes/yards and resort guests to watch from their rooms. Fireworks: 9pm

Surprise’s celebration will be limited to a 20-minute fireworks show that will be staged around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane. Area residents are encouraged to watch from home or from inside their vehicles. Parking at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park will be available but is limited. Fireworks: 8:40pm

Scottsdale’s 7th annual celebration at Westworld of Scottsdale will be drive-in this year with fireworks show. Concessions such as hot dogs, soft drinks and alcohol and tacos from the Original AZ Taco Festival Truck will also be available. Fireworks: 9:00pm

The drive-in fireworks show in Mesa will take place at what was formerly known as Fiesta Mall. Guests will be able to use every other parking spot and can sit outside their vehicle. Fireworks: 9pm

Casa Grande
To maintain social distancing, there will be a drive-in fireworks show at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park. The parking lot will open at 7 p.m., with an entrance at Rodeo Road and Pinal Avenue and another at Pinal Avenue through the Paul Mason Sports Complex. Concessions won’t be available so guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks. There will be restrooms and hand-washing stations. Fireworks: 9pm

Gilbert’s drive-in fireworks show will take place at Crossroads Park. Alternating spaces will be blocked to promote social distancing. Each space is limited to groups of eight or fewer people. Guests can bring their own food or purchase concessions from a number of food trucks. Restrooms will be available, but other park amenities will be closed. Fireworks: 8:30pm

Fun Tucson Getaway Deals

tucson Fun Tucson getaway deals are happening now!

A local getaway is a great way to experience luxury in the desert at a fraction of the cost.  Why spend a ton of cash on flights, rental cars and the other vacation necessities this summer when people travel from around the world to experience resorts in Arizona?

Summer is the best time to book a fun getaway at a resort in greater Phoenix or Tucson for a great rate.

Incredible pools, quiet gardens, posh spas, exclusive golf, quaint romantic settings, award-winning dining and family fun are just some of the fabulous things local resorts have to offer. And, in the summer, with a staycation, you can have a piece of that luxury or a weekend of poolside family fun for a great price!

Visit any of the resorts’s websites or call for more information on the fun Tucson getaway deals

Westin La Paloma

Current Offer: $99/night Ask for Code: SAVINGS or SUM2014

Benefits: $50 food & beverage credit with 2+ nights; weekly themed beach parties with live entertainment, giveaways & specialty cocktails and BBQs; activities for both kids and adults; Friday sing-a-longs for the kids 7:30-9pm; Kids clubs; Dive-in movies; watersides; Adults only swim up bar; Jack Nicklaus golf course; Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

My favorites: The perfect amount of family-friendly and adult luxury

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Current Offer: $89/night Ask for Code: CONQUER SUMMER

Benefits: Passport of savings; AAA4Diamond; Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina mountains

Loews Ventana Canyon

Current Packages: Spaaah Package; Summer Nine Holes; Eat Drink our Treat; Their Night’s a Charm; Stop, Drop & Roll; RoadWarrior

My favorites: Prices drop way down in the summer and from the spacious suites, the views are breathtaking.

Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

Current Packages: Play Your Way: $199/night plus $100 daily resort credit, ask for Code P42; Bed & Breakfast: $189/night includes breakfast for two adults and two children, ask for Code S4B

Also, not to be missed, if you are looking to venture off the resort properties, are two of my favorite sites in Tucson. Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Both are suitable for children. Don’t forget your camera!

New Restaurants-Glendale Arizona

New Restaurants Coming to Glendale, Arizona

Glendale will be home to a new restaurants this summer.  One of the most anticipated openings is Oreganos.  Oreganos is new to the West Valley, opening in August 2013 at 6738 W. Bell Rd. (at the former location of Joey’s of Chicago)

The Italian eatery serves Chicago-style thin crust pizza, stuffed and pan pizzas, salads and pastas. For more information visit Oreganos.

Surprise is home to another new and exciting restaurant, Pinoy’s Bistro. Pinoy’s which opened in May 2013 in Surprise Arizona-just west of Glendale, serves Filipino and American Food. Currently they serve 4 kinds of noodles and jasmine rice in a Filipino style, beef, chicken and pork as well as some American fare of burgers, sandwiches, salads and even pancakes! Filipino food is sweet and salty and not too spicy.

Jonathon Torrato, owner of Pinoy’s Bistro is from llo llo in the Philippines. Four years ago his wife suggested they move to the United States for more opportunities. They settled in Surprise because of the large Filipino community. A year ago he opened up Pinoy’s  Best Gourmet Coffee in Arrowhead Towne Center. Pinoy’s Bistro opened May 8th in Surprise and it did not take long for word of mouth to spread throughout the community.

Torrato has plans to have live music on the weekends and eventually to add outdoor seating and Filipino barbeque..delicious meet on skewers.

Check back often for some great new West Valley restaurants. On a personal note I have had some great Filipino food when I lived in NY and I can’t wait to try Pinoy’s!  Pinoys Bistro