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Fourth of July in Flagstaff
Independence Day is all about food, fun and freedom. In the mountain town of Flagstaff, we have so much of that, you’ll need a three-day weekend (or more) to pack it all in. Flagstaff 4th of July Weekend is an all-American, stars and stripes celebration filled with excitement—all in the cool pines. It’s no surprise that Travel Channel selected Flagstaff for “Top 10 Small Town Fourth of July Celebrations.”
1. WATCH THE FLAGSTAFF 4TH OF JULY PARADE
2022 Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade The 2022 Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade will follow the usual route around Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Starting at Elm & Beaver, it will go south down Beaver, turn left on Aspen to San Francisco and north on San Francisco back to Elm.
2. EARN YOUR STARS AND STRIPES
Earn your stripes when you zip through the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course. Not everyone can say they conquered aerial obstacles that include swings, slides, suspended bridges and nets. This thrilling activity is treetops above the rest in providing safe, fun and physical outdoor experiences. Reservations recommended during Flagstaff 4th of July Weekend.
3. CELEBRATE OUR NATIONAL PARKS
Get your patriotism on by visiting Flagstaff’s nearby national parks. Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater Volcano are within 30 miles (48 km) from Flagstaff. For another monumental option, take the beautiful scenic 80-mile drive north to Grand Canyon National Park.
4. WALK LIKE AN ASTRONAUT
Every Apollo astronaut who walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff. Independence Day is the perfect time to trace their steps with Flagstaff Lunar Legacy Landmarks Maps and Passports available at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 East Route 66). Your moonwalk will take you to Meteor Crater, USGS Astrogeology Center, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Cinder Lakes and Grand Canyon National Park. Collect stamps on your passport for a free Flagstaff Lunar Legacy prize.
5. PURPLE MOUNTAINS MAJESTY
For a majestic mountain experience, rise to the occasion on the Arizona Snowbowl scenic gondola. This Fourth of July weekend get bird’s eye views of the fruited plain, the San Francisco Peaks and the Grand Canyon. Afterward, relax at the Hart Prairie Lodge 9,000 feet above sea level with Fourth of July food and drink specials.
6. GET YOUR (4TH OF JULY) KICKS ON ROUTE 66
Escape the mundane when you cruise like the wind with the windows down and sunroof open, take the top-down to enjoy your convertible or ride your motorcycle along the nostalgic Route 66. The Mother Road runs right through Historic Downtown Flagstaff, where Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper rode in scenes from the movie, Easy Rider. From here, cruise out to hidden spots and obscure roadside attractions. You’ll capture the spirit and freedom of simpler times on scenic roads–without the big-city traffic.