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Mon, July 15

Cool things to do on the Fourth of July in the valley

Swimming in the Verde River are among the ways to cool off this Fourth of July.

Swimming in the Verde River are among the ways to cool off this Fourth of July.

Get ready for what will likely be a hot Fourth of July in the Verde Valley.

  1. Swim the Verde River - The last of the free-flowing rivers, jump in at Perkinsville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale or Camp Verde.

  2. Pancake Breakfast and ice cream - The Clarkdale Old Fashioned 4th of July kicks off with pancakes at 7 a.m. and an ice cream social before it gets hot with a parade at 9 a.m.

  3. Fourth of July Sedona Wet Fest - Get Wet on the 4th of July. Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge The Sedona Community Pool opens at noon to 4 p.m.

  4. Watermelon Eating Contest – A watermelon eating contest, mainly for kids, at the  20th annual Fantastic Family 4th of July in Cottonwood. Free barbecue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the watermelon contest usually starts around 5 p.m.

  5. Fireworks show from That Brewery. Bring your lawn chair and take the party to the parking lot of That Brewery after the sun sets. It’s a $2 entry donation goes to One for the Verde and the red hot Invincible Grins are playing from 6-9 pm.

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