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.


Fun for Families:

2024 Fourth of July Downtown Mile

Race schedule:

6:30 a.m. – Master’s Race, Men
6:40 a.m. – Master’s Race, Women
6:55 a.m. – Citizen’s Race, Men
7:05 a.m – Citizen’s Race, Women
7:20 a.m. – Men’s Elite Race
7:35 a.m. – Women’s Elite Race
7:45 a.m. – Kid’s Race

Whether your goal is to dress festively and have fun or to run as hard as you can, there is a race and a space for you!

Greater Flagstaff Chamber 4th of July Parade

The 2024 Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade will follow the usual route around Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Starting at Elm & Beaver, it will go south down Beaver, turn left on Aspen to San Francisco and north on San Francisco back to Elm.

When: Thursday, July 4, 2024, 9am-11am
Cost: Attendance is free!


  • 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 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.

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

Hosted by Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is back on the lawn at Pepsi Amphitheater for our annual Flag Fourth concert! This family-friendly patriotic pops concert is perfect for all ages, free of charge, and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen and join us for the perfect Flagstaff Independence Day celebration with live music.
This is a free non-ticketed event.

Doors open at 2pm and the show starts at 3pm!

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


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