Considering getting out of the Valley for the 4th of July? Here are two of my favorite destinations within a few hours of Phoenix for a memorable weekend or day trip to celebrate Independence Day.
So many people make the trip up to Prescott for the 4th of July, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it! It takes place at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, and this is its 127th year. Regular rodeo events include saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, team bronc riding, bull riding and Women's Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing. Tickets are $12-$25. Besides the rodeo, there's the Prescott Frontier Days Parade (July 5, 2014 at 9 a.m.). Here is the schedule of events.
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The July 4th festivities at Verde Canyon Railroad begin at 11 a.m. on the shaded patio, with an All-American outdoor barbecue, tickets for which may be purchased in advance when reserving train seats. Enjoy patriotic tunes while sampling an array of entrees with assorted side dishes and a sweet treat. If you are planning to drive up early in the morning, the town of Clarkdale has it’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July festivities in the Clarkdale Town Park located at 1001 Main Street from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. More about Clarkdale.
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The entire weekend will be filled with music, games, activities, food, fun and fireworks. Did you know that Payson is about 20°F cooler than it is in Phoenix?