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Clarkdale’s annual Kids’ Parade will start at 9 a.m. from the Clarkdale-Jerome School, down Main Street past Town Park and finish at Town Hall. Prizes will be issued for: Best Decorated Pet, Best Decorated Bicycle, Best Decorated Wagon, Most Patriotic, and Most Original. VVN file photo

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Verde Valley ready for festive 4th of July

Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year and Uncle Sam has some red, white and blue fun planned in the Verde Valley. From parades to picnics to fireworks and even waterslides, you won’t want to miss this day of celebrations.