Independence Day, and the weekend that follows it, is a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer in Northern Arizona. The cooler weather typically brings visitors from all over the state, especially from our sweltering neighbors down south. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family with a cold drink and an afternoon grilling burgers and dogs (or firing up the smoker for ribs and chicken if you’re so inclined). But the celebration doesn’t have to end in your own backyard; Northern Arizona offers a bevy of activities to enjoy and entertainment options for visitors. So whether you’re a long-time resident looking for something new, or are hoping to find a way to entertain out-of-towners, join us in exploring some of the great events happening up north.
The World’s Oldest Rodeo
Prescott Frontier Days presents the 132nd annual World’s Oldest Rodeo at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Since 1888 this traditional event has occurred annually over the 4th of July weekend. With eight breath-taking performances from July 1st – 7th, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy this weeklong celebration. You’ll see timed and judged events like bull riding, steer wrestling, and a variety of roping and racing competitions. Tickets range from $12-$25 dollars and are available for purchase on the event website (http://www.worldsoldestrodeo.com) as well as at the door. In addition to the ticketed matinee and evening performances, Rodeo week brings parades, dances, and even Cowboy Church. For more information about what to expect at the event, visit the website link above.
July 4th Fireworks & Festival at Watson Lake
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the fireworks this year, you can’t beat Watson Lake. This all-day event features live music, food vendors, and a beer garden, as well as water slides and inflatables for the kids. General admission is only $5 and the childrens’ unlimited inflatable pass is $20 and includes their admission. Doors open at 1pm with fireworks lighting up the night sky at 9pm. If you’re parking on-site be prepared to arrive a little early as parking opens at 12:30pm and is expected to fill up by 4. On-site parking is $10 but the event also offers free parking and shuttle service at Pioneer Park. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit the event website. (http://prescottevents.net/prescott-downtown-fireworks/)
Prescott Rodeo Days 39th Annual Fine Art & Craft Show
Enjoy 145 artists and crafters from all over the Western states on the shaded grounds of Historic Courthouse Square. The Fine Art & Craft show is open from 9am – 4pm on July 5th, 6th, and 7th and coincides with the Frontier Days Parade, Whiskey Row Street Dance, and Cowboy boot races. The Fine Art & Craft show is free to all ages and is a great opportunity to explore everything that Downtown Prescott has to offer. You can learn more about the show, as well and view the event schedule at their website (http://www.prescottdowntown.com).
Prescott Water Wars
If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to cool down on the 4th of July weekend Prescott Water Wars is an event like no other. From 12-5pm on July 6th, participants will skirmish with water balloons every thirty minutes at Mile High Middle School. Admission is $20 and includes 30 water balloons, a water slide pass, and a commemorative Water Wars headband for the first 1,000 through the gates. The event offers additional water balloons for purchase from on-site charities and will feature mini-games, food trucks, and a beer garden. Parents of younger children should be aware that Water Wars offers 2 divisions, 12-and-under and 13-and-over. Make sure to wear your water shoes and bring a towel. To learn more about Water Wars visit their website (http://www.prescottevents.net/water-wars-july-6th/ ).
Whether you’d like to casually stroll through Courthouse Square while enjoying one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, watch some of the world’s best rodeo competitors test their mettle, or throw some water balloons, there’s truly something for everyone on Independence Day weekend. If you visit Prescott for this year’s Rodeo week and decide to stay, reach out to one of our Online Home Advisors today.