Cottonwood readies for July 4 Independence Day Extravaganza

Prior to Cottonwood’s July 4 firewords display, the Cottonwood Kids Park will come alive with games, water slide, inflatable rides and watermelon eating contests. Photo courtesy City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation.

Prior to Cottonwood’s July 4 firewords display, the Cottonwood Kids Park will come alive with games, water slide, inflatable rides and watermelon eating contests. Photo courtesy City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation.

COTTONWOOD -- Pre-show activities for Cottonwood’s Independence Day Extravaganza start at 4 p.m. with games, water slide, inflatable rides and watermelon eating contests at the Cottonwood Kids Park on 12th Street and adjacent to the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

Free food will be provided courtesy of Fry’s Food & Drug and prepared by the Knights of Columbus from 4-6 p.m.

Wrist bands will be available for purchase on site for the kids’ games. Soft drinks, glow necklaces and other items will also be available for purchase during the event through the Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission.

The countdown to Northern Arizona’s finest fireworks display begins at 7:45 p.m. with music, presentations, and a patriotic solute by the VFW Color Guard. At 8:45 p.m., grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for 35 minutes of lights, booms and ahhs.

Admission is free. Fair parking only $1 and benefits a local non-profit youth organization.

This event is co-sponsored by: Fry’s Food & Drug, Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Waste, Verde Valley Fair Association, Verde/Clarkdale Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Jennifer Griffin State Farm, Nice Jons, and Minerals Research.

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