Things to do 4th of July Weekend in Northern Arizona

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Things to do in Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Jerome and Sedona 4th of July Weekend

July 3rd – 5th, 2015


The Fourth of July weekend is here, and we are ready to have some fun from Cottonwood to Sedona to Flagstaff! From laser shows, live entertainment, and gallery tours in Sedona; to Fireworks in Cottonwood; to the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff, we are ready to rock out the holiday! Below you will find all the events taking place in the Sedona area. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle to get you to and from the Sedona Laser Show and the 1st Friday Gallery Tours. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Have fun, enjoy the events and be safe! If you are over 21 and enjoying some adult libations over the holiday please make sure to have a designated driver.

Events in Sedona, AZ

108th Army Band Performs in Uptown Sedona
July 3rd, 2015 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)
Free Event
logo_108thArmyBandArizona’s Own” 108th Army Band, Arizona Army National Guard, will perform Canyon Breeze Plaza!The theme of their complementary performance is patriotic in nature. The 108th Army Band is a 30 piece musical group based in Phoenix. They perform in a variety of ensembles, such as a concert band or marching band, with smaller ensembles within the organization such as their rock band “Ordnance” and brass quintet. This complementary performance is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program to bring a stirring patriotic-themed concert to visitors and residents, just in time for Independence Day.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
July 3rd, 2015First-Friday
The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
July 4th, 2015 (7:00 am)
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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4th of July Concert and Laser Show
Outdoor Festival and Concert, Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2015 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
ShowImage.aspxEnjoy having a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the spectacular red rocks and listening to an upbeat live concert. Spectators will be 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 patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour (11 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00p.m.) in the Performing Arts Center (no wet bottoms allowed please). Each show is 15 minutes in duration. Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Esteban’s 4th of July Americana Tribute
July 4th – 5th, 2015Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
Tickets $25 Show – $60 Dinner and Show
Esteban will be sharing the stage with his daughter Teresa Joy and percussionist Joe Morris in this special show! This is an intimate dinner theater where you may enjoy a rare and breathtaking experience of music mastery at its finest that can not be duplicated! The concert will take you on a musical journey with stories that inspire and ignite the passion of the soul. There will be 2 Performances on July 4th at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. One show on Sunday at 7:00 pm.For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Events in Cottonwood/Clarkdale

16th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th, 2015 in Cottonwood, Arizona
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
4thDon’t miss out on all the family fun at the 16th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza taking place at the Cottonwood kid’s Park in front of the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Arizona! The VFW Color Guard will be giving a patriotic salute to veterans. There will be Free Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, a watermelon contest and inflatable rides! Wrist Bands are $10 and individual ride tickets are $1. The Fireworks wil start at 8:45 pm and parking is only $1! For more information on this amazing night of fun and fireworks please visit Cottonwood Parks and recreation.

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Firecracker Express at the Verde Canyon Railroad
July 4th, 2015
Tickets: Visit Verde Canyon Railroad
VCRThe Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard. At 1:00 pm you’ll board their historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon. You can celebrate America’s birthday by riding the waves of a fruit smoothie under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows which are the celebrities on our mid-summer Canyon stage. You’ll be back in time for Cottonwood’s dazzling fireworks. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Jerome Art Walk
Jerome Art WalkJuly 4th, 2015 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
First Saturday Jerome Art Walk celebrates the Fourth of July weekend in artistic style as galleries and studios open the doors for an evening of summertime enchantment. From the lively Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery at the other end of town, delightful surprises abound in this artist colony high on Cleopatra Hill. Restaurants will be offering delicious fare and the charming hotels and Bed and Breakfasts will be welcoming visitors on this holiday weekend. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Events in Flagstaff

Flagstaff Art in the Park
July 3rd – 5th, 2015
Cost:Free entry. Wine tasting is $15-$20
Art Park“Flagstaff Art in the Park” are arts and crafts festivals that feature tightly juried one-of-a-kind fine art and fine crafts designed and shown by the artists. These shows take place over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends in Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff; a beautiful tree shaded, grassy venue across the street from City Hall and on the main thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. In addition to nearly one hundred artists from across the Southwest, these shows feature nonstop live music throughout the three days of each event. So come and join us once again for another amazing season of art and music in the heart of Northern Arizona’s cool pines! For more information please visit Flagstaff Art in the Park on Facebook.

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82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture – Flagstaff
July 4th and 5th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Hopi FestivalThe oldest Hopi show in the world and a Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff during this annual event. The unique work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters, and basket and textile weavers fill the more than 65 artists’ booths. Enjoy cultural presentations, storytelling, music, and dances that fill the Museum grounds during Fourth of July weekend. Taste Hopi bread and piki baked outside in ovens. Watch Hopi pottery being shaped, painted, and traditionally fired. Walk the Museum’s Rio de Flag Nature Trail with a Hopi medicine woman. Learn about Hopi clans and clan migration, and how the tribe is working to preserve language and agricultural traditions. This event takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information please click here.

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