The Western frontier earned its wild reputation when shifty indigenous cactuses let townspeople sup on their secretly tequila-filled innards. Kick up a Western party with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two admissions ($10 each) to “A Star Spangled Shoot Out” on Monday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. (with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.), presented by Rawhide in Chandler (a $20 value; children younger than 5 receive free admission).
Rawhide’s 1880s Western outpost hosts a Fourth of July event for citizens of all ages, who witness action-packed stunt performances and hear a host of in-house bands. Attendees can wander the town and engage in old-timey delights, witnessing gunfights and daredevil stunts at the Six Gun Theater, attempting to drink a milkshake while riding the Widowmaker mechanical bull, or perching atop a Butterfield stagecoach made from real margarine. Family-friendly live music forces limbs to forget their usual listless movements and spring to spastic life, leading dancers to do-si-do with a loved one or polka with a mortal enemy. Partiers can fill up on lip-smacking meals (though they're not covered by today’s Groupon), letting spicy summer flavors complement an explosive aerial fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. On-site parking is free.