Independence Day! Plenty of fun, food and light shows for the Verde Valley

Cottonwood and generous partners will provide food, games and a number of activities for you and the kids. VVN file photo

Cottonwood and generous partners will provide food, games and a number of activities for you and the kids. VVN file photo

Clarkdale: Parade and traditional 4th celebration

The place to be for breakfast on the 4th of July is Clarkdale Town Park.

The festivities kick off at 7 a.m. in the park, with traditional Independence Day activities throughout the morning. Get there early so you don't miss anything.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 will raise the colors at 7 a.m., followed by an opening address by Mayor Doug Von Gausig. The acoustic sounds of the Coastal Brothers will play at the gazebo until 9 a.m.

The pancake breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. Clarkdale Police Department and Clarkdale Fire District host the event. Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for 12 years and under. Credit and debit cards accepted.

From 7:30 a.m., the Clarkdale Fire District will offer free fire truck rides on the antique Parade Fire Truck and the Clark Memorial Library Ice Cream Social will open so you can top your pancakes off with a scoop of ice cream.

The Ice Cream Social will offer cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pie as well as ice cream from 7:30 until 9 a.m.

Beginning at 8 a.m., the Clarkdale-Jerome School will offer children's carnival games

Grab a spot to watch the annual Kids' Parade starts at 9 a.m. which will step off from the Clarkdale-Jerome School down Main Street. Prizes will be issued for: Best Decorated Pet, Best Decorated Bicycle, Best Decorated Wagon, Most Patriotic, and Most Original entries. Those participating must register beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Clarkdale-Jerome School. There is no cost to enter but no pre-registration before the day of the event.

At 9:30 a.m., the Cottonwood Community Band will perform their annual patriotic concert.

At 10:45 a.m., the winners of the Spirit of Clarkdale Awards will be announced and presented at the gazebo.

Events all morning, Parade@ 9 a.m.

Free; charge for concessions.

Jerome: It's a different kind of parade in Jerome

The Kids Art Workshop, police and fire departments join together for a 4th of July parade. Be in line by 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome to march in this parade: local businesses, kids, grandparents, babies in decorated strollers, well-behaved dogs, snakes, parrots, & horses, Shriners, motorcyclists, classic car lovers, art cars, pride flags, Veterans, hula-hoopers, musicians, everyone! This summer's Jerome Kids' Art Workshop marked the return of its founder Richard Johnson's participation. As many 'Jeromies' know, Richard is a master in wild 3-D wearable art and sculptures made from cardboard. Penelope was back this year as coordinator lead workshops involving life-size marionettes, as well as art games to spark creativity. These creations will be featured in the Town's 4th of July parade & other community events.

Meet up time is 10 a.m. sharp behind the Jerome Fire Station. Join the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, Jerome Kids Art Workshop, Jerome Fire and Police Depts. in our Annual Parade & Celebrate Good Times.

Parade @ 10:30

Free.

Cottonwood: Fireworks will light up the sky; food, fun

The Independence Day light show in Cottonwood will help celebrate our freedom on Saturday night. But to help allay your anticipation, Cottonwood and generous partners have assembled food, games and a number of activities for you and the kids. Everything is at the Cottonwood Kids Park at 12th Street and Cherry.

Pre-show children's activities start at 4 p.m. with games, water slides, inflatable rides and a watermelon-eating contest. Wrist bands available for purchase on site for the kids games. Soft drinks, glow necklaces and other items will also be available for purchase.

Free food provided courtesy of Fry's Food & Drug, prepared by Knights of Columbus and served by Verde District Kiwanis Club from 4 until about 6 p.m.

The countdown to Northern Arizona's finest fireworks display begins at 7:45 p.m. with music, presentations and a patriotic salute by the VFW Color Guard. At 8:45 p.m. grab a spot on the grass and settle in for 35 minutes of lights, booms and "ahhs."

Enjoy the day, have a meal and join activities Cottonwood Parks and Recreation has put together for you and your family. Fairground parking only $1 to benefit a local nonprofit youth organization.

Co-sponsored by Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Waste, Nice Jons, Minerals Research, Jennifer Griffen State Farm, Verde Valley Fair Association and Fry's Food & Drug.

Charge for concessions, fireworks 8:45. Free event, $1 parking.

Sedona: Concert and laser show

Outdoor Festival and Concert, Indoor Laser Light Show

It is all at Sedona Red Rock High School baseball field, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road

Spend your 4th of July "day" with us and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night.  Have a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the red rocks and listen to an upbeat live concert.  Spectators allowed onto the field at 10 a.m. to set up their blanket and chairs and enjoy the live concert and delicious food and fun, water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat.  

A 15-minute long patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour in the Performing Arts Center (no wet bottoms allowed please.  

Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place. Signage and Police Officers will be directing traffic.  Arrive early for convenient free parking.

Water slides, water toys, slip-n-slide for kids.

Food vendors will have booths or you may bring your own picnic.

Alcohol and dogs are not permitted!

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to offer this event to our community and we thank Diamond Resorts International for their generous donation that made this event possible. We also thank Summit Life for providing the fun, KidsLIFE Wet-n-Wild play area!

Festival and Concert 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Laser show: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Free.

Beaver Creek: Pancakes parade, music, fun and games

The Beaver Creek Parade will step off from Sycamore Park area in Lake Montezuma at 9 a.m. and wind south on Montezuma Avenue past the Village Square. 2015 Grand Marshals are Pastor Ken and Leeza Miller. Join them in celebrating Independence Day. Parade entrants (including walkers, animals, vehicles, floats) must sign up at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station or call (928) 567-7428.

The festivities and pancake breakfast will be held in Rollins Park at the Lake Montezuma Village Square. The BC Kiwanis Duck Race will be on Wet Beaver Creek by Sycamore Park. For inquiries about display tables, entertainment and activities please call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis Event Coordinator, at (928) 606-4050. Special needs parking will be provided at the entrance to the Village Square.

From 7 to 8:45 a.m. - BC Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast:

At 9 a.m. -- Beaver Creek Parade: from Sycamore Park to Rollins Park. Line up 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Led by Camp Verde Post 93 American Legion Riders, Grand Marshals Ken and Leeza Miller

Flag ceremony concluding the parade by Cornville American Legion Post 135

After the parade, there will be free hot dogs served by BC Baptist Church, free water served by GC Lutheran Church, and free ice cream cups from BC Adult Center. Parade ribbons will be awarded.

Balloons, face painting, fire truck water game by Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District as well as community information and vendor displays until noon.

Live music by the Beaver Creek Philharmonic

The world-renowned Duck Race launches on wet Beaver from at Sycamore Park at noon.

Parade at 9 a.m., Sycamore Park to Rollins Parks

Most Free, some concession charges

Camp Verde: Fireworks and fun!

The Camp Verde Lions Club and the Camp Verde Christian Assembly will combine to present a free public Independence Day cookout about noon at the Town Gazebo on Main Street.

The big attraction in the Lower Verde Valley will be the fireworks show the night of July 4th presented by at the Cliff Castle Casino. The casino says carnival type entertainment for children will be available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will also be face painting and an obstacle course. There will be a family fun picnic including hot dogs, soda and chips.

And then about 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting), the Verde Valley sky will light up with a dazzling fireworks display

Fireworks about 9:30 p.m.

Free.

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