Top 10 Things To Celebrate 4th of July Weekend

Fourth of July Parade

Flagstaff on the Fourth of July is an all-American, stars and stripes forever celebration with an Independence Day parade, music, festivals and excitement surrounded by patriotic red, white and blue tradition. It’s no surprise, Travel Channel selected Flagstaff for “Top 10 Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations.” The cool pines are calling with celebrations - check out this top 10 list of things to see and do only in Flagstaff, Arizona.

1. Start with a Bang! 

The 4th of July Parade presented by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce starts at 9:00 a.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff. Tip: arrive early to find a great spot to see all the action! 

2. Afternoon Delight. 

Enjoy a flag fourth with the Flagstaff Symphony at Fort Tuthill’s Pepsi Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, bring the kids and relax under the Ponderosa pines with a free Independence Day pops concert. In the evening head to the Continental Country Club Oakmont for Lights on the Lawn with fireworks between 8:30-9:00 p.m. (weather permitting.)  

3. Thirsty? Looking for culture? 

Fun events are happening at the Museum of Northern Arizona. On the 4th of July the Museum will feature live music from Secret Handshake in the Thirsty Thursday series with a cash bar and food plus full access to browse the galleries and bookstore until 8:00 pm. Over the weekend, the Hopi Festival, is a fourth of July tradition since the 1930s with 100 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona.   

4. One-of-a-Kind Show.

At Flagstaff Art in the Park there are arts and crafts designed and showcased by artists that are sure to please. Located in Wheeler Park, this three day event during 4th of July weekend includes artists from across the Southwest, live music and a wine garden in a grassy, cool, shaded venue in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. 

5. Music, Music & More Music! 

Experience an art and music fest scene at the 24th annual Festival in the Pines showcasing a three day event with over 100 artists and vendors, two stages with live music, beer and wine garden, and a variety of international food plus children 12 and under are free! Tickets are $10 and you can bring the fur buddies along to this pet friendly event located at the Fort Tuthill County Fairgrounds.  

6. Thrilling Outdoor Adventure

Zip through the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (FLG X). This thrilling and exhilarating activity is tree-tops above the rest providing a safe, fun, physical and unique outdoor experience in the trees. Get the adrenaline pumping on swings, slides, nets, ziplines, suspended bridges and even an aerial surfboard. Reservations recommended 

7. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary at Grand Canyon National Park and Explore National Monuments

February 26, 2019, marked 100 years of Grand Canyon’s national park status. The centennial celebrations showcase the Grand Canyon’s heritage and seeks to inspire future generations to protect its natural beauty. Flagstaff is also surrounded by three area national monuments: Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki with the Grand Canyon nearby via a beautiful scenic 80 mile drive.  

8. Discover Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy Landmarks. 

All astronauts that walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff* and there has never been a better time to reach for the moon, stars and walk like an astronaut celebrating Independence Day weekend. The 50th Anniversary of the first man on the moon is July 20, 2019. Begin your moon walk at the Flagstaff Visitor Center and get your passport to discover Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy at Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater, USGS Astrogeology Center, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Cinder Lakes and Grand Canyon National Park.

9. Spectacular Scenic Views

For an elevated experience take it all in at 12,000 feet at the Arizona Snowbowl on the scenic chairlift. This Fourth of July weekend get a bird’s eye view of the San Francisco Peaks and the Grand Canyon. New fun activities include summer tubing, bungee trampoline, mini ropes course, treasure panning and barrel rolling. 

10. Experience Freedom and Cruise Route 66

Make your dreams come true with the feeling of freedom and rent a Harley to cruise America’s mother road on Route 66. The famous Route 66 runs directly through Flagstaff with more than 14 miles! Capture the spirit, freedom and nostalgia of simpler times riding through beautiful scenic roads without the big-city traffic and discover hidden spots and cool side attractions. Come live your dream and rent a Harley-Davidson at Eagle Rider Flagstaff.  

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