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4th of July Day Trips From Phoenix

Celebrate an Arizona July 4th in Cooler Temperatures - 2014


4th of July Arizona

Verde Canyon Railroad

© Judy Hedding

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.

Prescott Frontier Days & the World's Oldest Rodeo

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.

More: A Trip to Prescott, AZ
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Firecracker Express: Verde Canyon Railroad

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.

See a picture of the Firecracker Express.

More: A Trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad
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Payson 4th of July

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?

More: About Payson
Find a place to stay in Payson.

Looking for another 4th of July community or special event? All the celebrations, concerts and fireworks are listed in the Greater Phoenix July 4th Celebration Index.

All times, prices and events subject to change without notice.

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