Sun, Dec. 08

Fireworks Return<br><i>Lots to do this Fourth of July</i>

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

BESSIE Seschillie was one of the many contestants in the "Show Your Spirit Flag Waving Contest" last year hosted by Cliff Castle Casino.

Step into any nearby community from Clarkdale to Camp Verde, and you're going to find plenty to do and see, something for every age. The fun starts as early at 7 a.m. and goes late into the evening. Remember the Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, so most people won’t have to worry about work the next day.

Clarkdale: Enjoy an old-fashioned celebration at the Clarkdale Town Park starting at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Clarkdale Police and Fire Departments and a presentation of colors by the VFW at 7:30 am. The traditional and well-loved Children's Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. (enter at the Clarkdale-Jerome Schools at 9:15 a.m.) followed by an ice-cream social hosted by the Clarkdale Library Advisory Board. The ice cream is donated by local merchants and baked goods come from volunteers and citizens on sale with proceeds going to the library.

Cottonwood: For the afternoon, mosey on over to Cottonwood Parks and Recreation’s Fantastic Family Fourth of July that runs throughout the evening. Kids’ play and water rides are available at the Kid's Park at the Fairgrounds (12th and Cherry Streets) starting at 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., there will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon, donated by Bashas' and served by the Kiwanis Club. There will be pie-and-watermelon eating contests lasting for a couple of hours starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by live entertainment and a salute to veterans at 7 p.m. The evening winds down with fireworks at 8:45 p.m.

Jerome: Don't forget the Jerome Fire Department Auxiliary’s Fourth–of-July Dance at Spook Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and kids are welcome up through 9 p.m. (the dance lasts until 1 a.m.). Danny Rhodes and the Messengers will be featured, open to the public. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Camp Verde: There's more. If you want to get out town, there’s plenty of exciting fun over in Beaver Creek and Camp Verde. Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Adult Senior Center in Lake Montezuma followed by a hometown parade at 10 a.m., a free hot dog lunch at the Village Square in Lake Montezuma provided by the Baptist Church. The long-standing, popular duck race begins at 2 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Bridge, a sing-a-long at 4:30 p.m. at the adult center and the finale is a fried chicken dinner and duck-race awards at the adult center at 5 p.m.

In Camp Verde festivities begin at Butler Park at 6 p.m. running until 10 p.m. The Town and the Yavapai-Apache Nation joined forces and dollars this year, so expect more fireworks than usual at evening’s end. You'll find something for everyone — fresh roasted corn, a volleyball tournament, a casino booth with giveaways, a magic show, pie-and-watermelon eating contest, plenty of kids’ activities and much more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

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