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Guide to Celebrating the 4th of July in Flagstaff

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays in Flagstaff! It’s the epitome of a “small town 4th.” Here’s a quick rundown of the festivities, including tips & tricks to make your Flagstaff 4th flawless:

Yoga on the Lawn with Holly White

July 4, 6pm – 7pm. Yoga on the Lawn is back for another season, hosted by the amazing Holly White! Yoga on the Lawn will take place every Wednesday from 6-7pm on the County Courthouse lawn. There will be a drop in fee of $5 (cash only). Whether you are a beginner or experienced yogi, join us for an evening practice outdoors, under the trees in beautiful downtown Flagstaff! Grab your yoga mat and come downtown!

Summer Block Party – Aspen Place at the Sawmill

Saturday, June 30th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Aspen Place at the Sawmill is celebrating summer with a block party! Soak up some summer fun with interactive bubble activities! Enjoy tunes and enter to win prizes from KAFF Country Radio. And stroll through the shopping center for sales, samples, giveaways and prizes from participating shops and restaurants. Aspen Place at the Sawmill is located at Butler Ave. and Lone Tree Rd., just blocks from NAU and downtown Flagstaff.

85th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture

Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, enjoy a “Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 100 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy Heritage Insights lectures, artist demonstrations, and performances by the Hopi Sinom Dancers, Tyrone & The Ledge, Tha ‘Yoties, and flutist Fredrick Andrews.” – MONA Daily Admission: $12/adults, $8/youth, Kids 10 and under FREE

12th Annual Flagstaff Art in the Park

June 30, July 1, July 2, from 9am – 4pm in downtown at Wheeler Park. Over 100 artists come together for Flagstaff’s Finest Art Show. There’s live music and amazing food, plus a wine garden featuring six Arizona vineyards! Best of all, admission is FREE. 

17th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival

Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Located at the Coconino Center for the Arts & 
Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Historical Museum.
Food and craft vendors • Jamming spaces
Bring your instrument & join in flagfolkfest.org • ffotm.org

Babbit Ford 4th Annual Ford Classic Car Show

Sunda,y July 1, 10am – 1pm. Bring the whole family down for live music, games, prizes, and free BBQ. Show the kids some classic cars and enjoy a free hotdog lunch! 

Lights on the Lawn

June 30 – July 4. The 4th annual “Lights on the Lawn” is an all-encompassing family event spanning the fun-filled Independence Weekend and more. It will feature hot food, cold drinks, live entertainment, a fantastic youth activity area, and of course front row seats on the Continental Country Club green for the City of Flagstaff’s fireworks display. 

*Per the City of Flagstaff Fireworks have been canceled this year. 

4th of July Fireworks- Main Event

Wednesday, July 5, 3pm – 10pm. Flagstaff’s official fireworks* show begins at 3 p.m. The event has all kinds of activities for the kids to help them burn off energy before the fireworks show. Admission is FREE, and VIP tickets are also available for purchase.  

Fourth of July Downtown Mile

Wednesday, July 4, 6am – 9am. This annual event is a highlight of the weekend, with everyone from Olympians to first-time runners participating. There are multiple categories for participants; including the new Wheelchair mile. Kids 10 and under can participate in a 1/2 mile race for FREE! Don’t forget about the costume contest! Awards for BEST individual and group, as well as a raffle for all participants. 

Greater Flagstaff Chamber 4th of July Parade Presented by Pepsi

Wednesday, July 4. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. It begins at the top of Beaver Street, heading south to Aspen and then east to San Francisco before going north again. The parade features military, marching bands, cheer and dance groups, beautifully decorated floats, animals (High Country Puppy Rescue is one of my favorite entries each year!) and much more. 

Pssst…I think this parade is even better than the Holiday Lights Parade! It’s no wonder 20,000 people visit downtown Flagstaff for the event. 

Tips:

  • Plan for shade! It can be surprisingly hot at 9 a.m. on the 4th of July. The sun gets intense, so in addition to sunscreen, you want to pack ways to cool off – shade umbrellas, misting water bottles, ice-cold beverages, etc. 
  • Pick a spot on the east side of the street next to a downtown building, it will stay shady most if not all of the parade. 
  • Bring a bag. Yes. A bag – because you leave this parade with as much swag and candy as though you’ve been trick-or-treating on the 4th of July! 
  • Arrive early and snag a seat on a downtown restaurant patio. Many restaurants along the route open early on the 4th of July to offer drink service during the parade. 

Trick: If you don’t already have a real estate agent, begin a relationship with one located downtown before the 4th of July! Most of the real estate offices host 4th of July parade parties complete with full breakfast and drinks, free giveaways, face painting, balloon artists and more. 

Cool off at the Pool 

My friends are going to kill me…because I’m sharing the best-kept secret in Flagstaff: Bear Paw Activity Center. Located on the hill behind the driving range, this membership-based pool is also open to the general public for $15 per person/day. 

Contact Continental Country Club to purchase day passes. 

While there, you can enjoy ice cream and snacks, Starbucks coffee, a mini putt-putt golf course, ping pong tables, pool tables and even video games inside the clubhouse. There are three swimming pools available, one is heated and only 18″ deep – perfect for the smaller kiddos! 

A Flag Fourth

Wednesday, July 4, 2pm – 5pm. Hosted by Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Bring a low-folding chair or blanket to enjoy the concert. Gates open at 2:00pm. There is a fee for parking, but admission is FREE! 

First Friday Art Walk

Friday, July 6. From 6pm – 9pm downtown businesses open their doors for Flagstaff’s favorite monthly party! Enjoy the art galleries, live music, treats and much more. 

Have a very Happy 4th of July Weekend with your families! 

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