The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays in Flagstaff! It’s the epitome of a “small town 4th.” Special thanks to the Here’s a quick rundown of the festivities, including tips & tricks to make your Flagstaff 4th flawless.
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The 24th Annual Flagstaff Festival in the Pines, a three day celebration kicking off July 4, 2019 features 150 independent fine artists, local musicians on two stages, a variety of international food, local community groups and interactive hands-on art activities for children. Painters, Sculptors, Jewelers, Metal, Clay and Glass fine craft artisans will show and sell one-of-a-kind works of art. The festival is held in a spectacular setting on Coconino County’s Fairgrounds located in the cool pines of Flagstaff. $10 Admission per person per day. Children 12 and under are FREE. Purchase tickets through our website here.
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July 6, 9am – 5pm, 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. With puppet shows and craft activities for kids, this is a fun-filled, immersive weekend for the entire family.
July 6, 9am. Yoga on the Lawn is back for another season, hosted by the amazing Holly White! Yoga on the Lawn will take place every Saturday at 9am 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!
July 4, 3pm – 10pm. 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.
Fun for Families:
July 4, 7am – 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. 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.
July, 7 12pm – 1pm. Yoga for the whole family! All ages, all types of families. Come get on your mats with us! All class passes can be used for full-size humans-tiny humans under age 5 are free and % and up, there is a $5 dollar drop-in or we can put together a tiny sized class pass package for you!
Join Kortney for this fun and family-oriented yoga class!
Greater Flagstaff Chamber 4th of July Parade
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.
- 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!
July 4, 2pm – 4pm. 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! Bring the kids. Bring a blanket. Relax under the Ponderosa pines with an Independence Day concert sure to please.
July 4. Fireworks start approximately 8:30-9pm. Parking fee $10. Food, drink, and Kids Zone activities use pre-paid vouchers available for purchase during the event.
Friday, July 5. From 6pm – 9pm downtown businesses open their doors for Flagstaff’s favorite monthly party! Enjoy the art galleries, live music, treats and much more.