July 4th is a wonderful holiday to spend in Arizona. With the variety of options available, there is sure to be a fun way to spend time with friends and family. Depending on what you are looking for in a celebration, here are some suggestions for a fun-filled fourth. For even more ideas, visit the events calendar page on ArizonaGuide.com.
A July 4th celebration in Bisbee kicks off with the long-running and world famous Coaster Race in Historic Tombstone Canyon. Races begin at 8:00 a.m. and the young “drivers” navigate one and a half miles of twists and turns on the narrow roads of this former mining town. The races end by 10 a.m. just in time to catch the parade in the Warren section of Bisbee. With a nod to Bisbee’s history, the afternoon is filled with mining mucking and hard-rock drilling contests in Brewery Gulch. Competitions begin at 1:30 and continue through 6:00 p.m. Stick around, the fireworks begin at dusk, topping off a great day in Bisbee.
How festive is Independence Day without a festival? Heber-Overgaard continues the 4th of July festivities right through the weekend with a festival, classic parade, food, arts and crafts, music, entertainment, anvil firing and more. On Saturday, the parade begins at 11 a.m. To keep things cool, one area of the parade is designated as a water zone, especially popular with the kids. Following the parade is a car show and throughout the weekend, enjoy the food booths, visit arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and entertainment booths.
The band, Mogollon, will even offer a free concert. For those who want to give back to the community, sign up for the 5th annual Carissa’s Run on Saturday which includes a 10K and a two mile fun run/walk. Race day registration begins at 5:30 a.m. and the firing of the anvil at 6 a.m. signals the start of the race. The money raised at this event will benefit the children of the community. Proceeds are being set aside for new playground equipment at Tall Timbers Park.
Would you like your July 4th sunny-side up?? Oatman is holding their 22nd Annual Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge on July 4th. The frying begins at noon by the post office at the North end of Oatman. Mirrors, tin foil and iron skillets are allowed, but no other devices other than the sun! The first egg fried, wins. Competitors often come in costume to add to the “eggcitment” and prizes are awarded. If you have some creative solar cooking skills or just want to enjoy the fun, head to Oatman for a “hot” time.
Some say it all started on Route 66 and in this case for the residents of Williams it does as they begin their Hometown 4th of July Celebration at 11 a.m. with a parade on Route 66. This year’s parade theme is “Family Fun on the 4th". Entries will celebrate America’s patriotism. The celebration continues throughout the day with many activities to enjoy such as music, a laser show, a horse shoe tournament, barbeque, and live entertainment.
Happy fourth, and enjoy a safe holiday!