Thu, July 18

4th of July celebrations throughout Verde Valley
Plenty of events and family entertainment

Families and individuals in Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley will have plenty of events and activities to choose from to help them celebrate the Fourth of July.


This year's Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Clarkdale will also be the town's Centennial Celebration. The annual Kids' Parade will include the Centennial Parade of Dignitaries.

The event will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Clarkdale Town Park at 1001 Main St. A pancake breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., following the Presentation of Colors by VFW Post 7400.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Clarkdale-Jerome School and continues down Main Street through the business district. Parade winners will be announced at the gazebo at 10:45 a.m.

Other activities include entertainment by Sax Appeal and the Cottonwood Community Band, free fire truck rides, games and races sponsored by Clarkdale-Jerome School, an Ice Cream Social and a performance by the Ballet Folklorica De Los Ninos.


Sedona's first 4th of July Laser Light Show will be presented by Day Star Lasers International. The show will dazzle audiences at this outdoor, 30-minute spectacular. Multi-colored lasers choreographed to songs from local musicians will create a wonderful show for people of all ages.

Currently, this show is set to begin at dark (around 9 p.m.) but everyone will want to arrive early for parking.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a live concert and delicious barbecue from Red Rock BBQ. Enjoy this picnic at the park and live music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and then enjoy the laser light show.

This event is sponsored by the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. Diamond Resorts made a generous donation that made this event possible.

Village of Oak Creek

The Village of Oak Creek Association's Old Fashioned Family 4th of July Celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the VOCA Kiwanis Park at 690 Bell Rock Blvd.

Jeanie Carroll will provide music, and food will be available for purchase from Redstone Grill & BBQ. Weber's IGA will provide free watermelon, and the Kiwanis Club will have bottled water available.

Other activities include a two-story water slide, a K-9 Demo and Deputy Do-Right of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department, face painting, Snakes & Spiders, Veteran's Flag display and raffle tickets.

This family event is free and open to the public.

Camp Verde

The first ever Fourth of July Parade is scheduled in Camp Verde at 10 a.m. The parade starts in the Bashas' parking lot.

Following the parade, the America Legion will serve free hamburgers and hot dogs. The Lions Club will serve free ice cream. There will be free children's games. Also planned are an apple pie baking contest, a watermelon eating contest and music and public speakers.

Along with all the floats and old-time vehicles, the Lions Club is asking for any kids who want to decorate their bikes and ride in the parade to call Jim Lawson at (928) 300-4309 or Gary Greeson at (928) 300-8128. A prize will be given for best-decorated bike.

If any kid doesn't have time to decorate his or her bike, the Lions Club will have streamers and flags available. Contestants will meet before the parade at the Fort Verde Plaza in front of the Horn Saloon at 9 a.m. so bikes can be decorated and judged.

Anyone wanting to join the parade as a commercial or organizational entry should call Sharon Doran at (928) 300-6826 or Morgan Embly at (928) 567-9131 with the American Legion Auxiliary.


The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 13th annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4. Pre-show activities start at 4 p.m. with children's activities, water slides, giant inflatable rides and a watermelon eating contest.

Free food will be provided by Fry's Food & Drugs and Hog Wild. The food will be available from 4 p.m. until about 6 p.m. Soft drinks, glow necklaces and other items will be available for purchase.

The countdown to Northern Arizona's finest fireworks display will begin at 7:45 p.m. with music, presentations and a patriotic salute by the VFW Color Guard. At 8:45 p.m. everyone should grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for 35 minutes of lights and booms as the town celebrates the nation's freedom.

Admission is free; parking is $1.

This event is sponsored by the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, NAWS, Sparkletts Water, Verde Valley Pepsi, Verde Valley Fair Association and Fry's Food & Drug.

Beaver Creek

On Independence Day in Beaver Creek the celebration starts at 7 a.m. with a Kiwanis Club donation pancake breakfast. The parade will leave the Ranch House in Lake Montezuma at 9:30 a.m. and travel Montezuma Avenue to Sycamore Park (4170 E. Beaver Vista Road) next to the bridge.

This year the Grand Marshals are Michael and Sheila Van Dyke. Parade entrants, including walkers, animals, vehicles and floats, can sign up at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station or call (928) 567-7428.

The festivities and the noon Kiwanis Duck Race will be in Sycamore Park. For inquiries about food, display tables, entertainment and activities, call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis coordinator at (928) 606-4050.

Both non-profit and commercial vendors are welcome to have a display or sales booth in the park for this occasion at no cost. To reserve a spot or for information call Carol Keeton, Beaver Creek Kiwanis president, at (928) 606-4050.