Happy 4th of July from HSL

This Independence Day, celebrate in red, white, and blue with summertime cookouts and spectacular fireworks displays! Check out this list of festivities in your area:

Happy 4th of July from HSL

Tucson Area:

Star Spangled Spectacular (Free): Marana’s annual event begins at 5 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with live music, food trucks, and kid-friendly activities at the Silverbell District Park. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.

‘A’ Mountain (Free): Just west of Downtown, the official fireworks of Tucson start at 9 p.m. There will also be food vendors and entertainment at the Tucson Convention Center earlier in the evening.

Naranja Park (Free): Oro Valley festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Naranja Park. This family event will include live entertainment, food trucks, and kid activities, such as face painting. If you already have plans in the evening, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center will be hosting an Independence Day celebration from 12-4 p.m.

Phoenix Area:

Fourth of July at WestWorld ($12 for general admission, $6 for Scottsdale residents, $20 per car for fireworks only, children 5 and under get in for free): Escape the heat and celebrate July 4th at the WestWorld convention center. The indoor celebration begins at 3 p.m. with fun for all ages including a petting zoo, bull riding, and live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Tempe Town Lake Festival ($5 in advance, $8 at the gate, free admission for those with a Military ID): Gates open at 5 p.m. for music, inflatables, a splash playground, and more. Fireworks will be launched from the Mill Avenue Bridge at the end of the evening.

Fabulous Phoenix Fourth (Free): Check out the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest! The 32nd annual event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts, and an interactive exhibit. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.

Mouthwatering Ideas for Your Summer Cookouts

Kick off your shoes and trade your sweater for a bathing suit. It’s summertime—and the livin’ can be easy!

We can all agree summer is a time of leisure and good times. Still, that doesn’t always mean going on vacations and to resorts. Sometimes, the most fun can be had in your own backyard. What would summer be without refreshing beverages and non-stop barbecues with friends and family?

Take a Staycation!

Summer is a wonderful time in Arizona. The snowbirds have all returned home, and much of America goes elsewhere because vacationing in Arizona is extremely hot for those not familiar with our climate. But for residents, here’s the bonus: many of the finest hotels in Phoenix and Tucson become suddenly affordable. Take advantage of all Arizona has to offer with a truly stress-free, close-to-home staycation.

Road Trip! Summer Weekend Getaways

Summer is a good time to explore Arizona and adjacent states. Because there are fewer tourists in the summer, everything is less crowded; plus, there are nearby places where the temperature is actually below 110 degrees.

No Time to Spring Clean? Then Spring Organize!

Last month, we gave you tips on spring cleaning, but you didn’t actually do any spring cleaning, did you? Who has the time? That’s why, this month, we’re providing an easier option. Instead of spring cleaning, just do some spring organizing—no scrubbing required.

Help the Planet for Earth Day

For the first Earth Day, in 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to raise awareness of environmental issues with such astonishing force that, by the end of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act, all came into being, with the Endangered Species Act becoming law just three years later.

The Rite of Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, which means no more golfing, no more Netflix, because it’s time for spring cleaning. That may sound like a lot of work, but you can clean your Encantada home with minimal effort and probably won’t even have to buy cleaning products since, as anyone who has ever perused a cleaning website will attest, there are very few things on our planet that can’t be cleaned with either lemon juice, vinegar, or a combination of the two. If you do have to purchase a commercial product, most experts have two words of advice: Magic Eraser.

Stocking the Perfect Kitchen

Whether you cook for yourself, your family, or the occasional big dinner party, a pantry stocked with essentials is, well, essential. There are certain basic items everyone should keep on hand because they’re ingredients used in many recipes, relatively inexpensive, and have a long shelf life, including many refrigerated and frozen foods.

Home Workout Ideas

With the hectic lives we all so regularly lead, it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym or on-property fitness center during business hours. Maybe you’re just starting your fitness journey and prefer the comfort of your own home to build motivation. Whatever the case, working out at home is actually quite manageable and can still remain effective enough for you to see results.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

It’s February, which means that Valentine’s Day is looming on the horizon. No matter what your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can bring a lot of pressure, and you want to get it right. Happily, whether you’re in Phoenix or Tucson, there are things you can do to impress your partner.