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Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns

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Since the Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, many Phoenician’s will use the long weekend to get away someplace cool.

Before you hit the road to get out of the heat, take a look at for some average summer temps.

If you still can’t decide where to go, here’s a roundup of selected Independence Day activities across Arizona.


One of the coolest spots in the state to celebrate American independence — literally and figuratively. Weekend activities include a Hopi arts and culture festival, an outdoor movie, a symphony concert and more. Monday features the 20th annual Independence Day downtown parade starting at 9 a.m. Click here for a complete listing of activities.


Holiday events include a parade, concerts, a farmer’s market, fireworks and more. Of course, those are just bonuses to the usual activities of hiking, biking, fishing, camping and more. If you explore some of the more out-of-the-way scenery, make sure you have an appropriate vehicle to handle the terrain. Check here for a rundown of all of the July Fourth events.


Cowboys take center stage at the Prescott celebration with the 129th edition of the world’s oldest rodeo. If you don’t like livestock, you’ll still find plenty to do with events like free concerts, arts and crafts shows, starlight tours and fireworks. You can get information on all the events here.

Show Low

For a more laid-back fourth, Show Low is the place. Enjoy the cooler air of the White Mountains as well as a great farmer’s market on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. along Cooley Street between 9th and 11th streets downtown. On Monday, events include a parade at 9 a.m. and FreedomFest activities starting at 3 p.m. at the Show Low football stadium complex at 500 W. Old Linden Rd. Information about other events is available at this link.


If you can’t get away for the holiday, don’t despair. There are plenty of local events to ensure you have a great Independence Day weekend.

On Friday, July 2, the city is hosting fireworks and other activities at two locations. Light Up The Sky takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Maryvale Baseball Park (3600 N. 51st Ave.). Fireworks begin at dark. Red, White and Boom runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.) at Pecos Park at 17010 S. 48th St. and Pecos Rd. Both locations will have food vendors and a variety of activities for children.

On Monday, July 4, the 31st annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park at 3rd St. and Indian School Rd., the free and nonalcoholic family event annually attracts more than 100,000 participants. Two stages will feature local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids World.

Wherever you go or do to celebrate freedom and American independence, everything will be more enjoyable if you’ve got the right vehicle to get you there in comfort, style and safety.


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