Four Easy Drives to Celebrate Cool July Fourth

For many people, the seemingly never-ending barrage of triple digit days that make up the Arizona summer are both a curse and a blessing. The curse involves boiling hot car interiors, touching burning steering wheels, and roasting the back of your legs on a leather or vinyl interior. The blessing is the ability to get out of town in just a couple of hours and enjoy the cool mountains. One of the most popular times to do just that is the upcoming July Fourth weekend, where celebrations across the state help celebrate America’s birthday. Before you head out, make sure and swing by any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a quick oil change and to top off of your fluids.

Payson Offers a Full Day of Events

Just an hour and a half or so northeast of the Valley is the idyllic mountain town of Payson, where a full day of events caps off with fireworks at Green Valley Park. The Town begins the celebration at 8 a.m. with a patriotic ceremony that includes a flag raising and reading of the Declaration of Independence. Games and activities start at 1, with live music taking center stage at 4 p.m. Because the event is so popular, parking overflow is set up for Payson High School, with a shuttle running to the park.

Flagstaff Fourth a Four-Day Event

Take some extra time and explore the Flagstaff Fourth that kicks off on Saturday July 1 with a Hopi Arts Festival, Flagstaff Art in the Park and the Northern Arizona Taco Fest. The art events continue on Sunday along with a Classic Car Show. Lights on the Lawn at Continental Country Club offers front row seats to a fireworks extravaganza on Monday. Flagstaff ends the celebration on Tuesday, July 4 with a parade and the Flagstaff Symphony performing patriotic songs at the Pepsi Amphitheater.

Get Wet in Sedona

Enjoy the Fourth of July among the red rocks when you attend the “4th of July Wet Fest” in Sedona. Held at the Sedona Community Pool, the Wet Fest offers lunch and live music along with a water slide and large swimming pool. Water toys and games will be provided to help you beat the heat.

Show Low Freedomfest Includes Parade, Food

It’s a bit of a farther drive to Show Low, so make sure and get you vehicle checked out at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships before heading north to that city’s annual Freedomfest. Once you get there you’ll enjoy a parade along the historic Deuce of Clubs road. Traditional holiday foods like kettle corn, Navajo tacos, funnel cakes and more will all be available. Drew Cooper and The Cavalry will be headlining the live music.

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