Looking to get away for July Fourth? Start celebrating early with Benson’s fireworks and Sierra Vista’s talent show on Saturday July 3. Then round out your weekend on July Fourth with coaster races, mucking and drilling contests, softball tournaments, the People & Pets Parade and fireworks in Bisbee, Sierra Vista and Tombstone.
Benson July Fourth Celebration, to be held July 3, 2010
Get a preview of fireworks in Benson! The community will commemorate its 130-year anniversary with a then-and-now slide show, the annual parade, and the popular “Water Fight” at Lions Park. Volunteer fire departments compete in the water fight. They use fire hoses to move a barrel on a pulley system, sliding the barrel toward the opposing team. Spectators often get a refreshing soak, and the kids get to play in the mud. Entertainment and music throughout the day, with fireworks at dusk and a family dance held at Lion’s Park at night.
When: July 3, 2010 Parade 9 a.m., Water Fight 10:30 a.m., Fireworks 8:30 p.m.
Info: 520-586-4293, Benson Visitor Center or firstname.lastname@example.org
4th of July in Bisbee, Bisbee
The famous Bisbee Coaster Races, the oldest and longest gravity-powered race in the U.S., start down Tombstone Canyon at 8:30 a.m. Between heats, the Bisbee Iron Man Mile will be held. A parade will be in Bisbee’s Warren section. Re-created Bisbee’s early miners’, mucking and drilling contests are held in the afternoon with shovels and four-pound hammers flying. The Bisbee Copper Kings will host its third annual baseball tournament Warren Ballpark, with fireworks at dark.
When: beginning at 9 a.m., July 4
Where: Bisbee locations
Info: 520-432-6016 or Bisbee Visitor Center events
43rd Annual 4th of July Festivities, Sierra Vista
The party begins July 3 with a youth talent show at Veterans’ Memorial Park, followed by a street dance with the popular band “Train Wreck.” Celebrations include the Pets & People parade, with entertainment, food and displays. City officials and dignitaries will address the crowd at a noon ceremony. A spectacular fireworks show starts at dusk at the Paiz/Stone Complex, on Tacoma Street.
When: 6 p.m., July 3; all day, July 4
Where: Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd.
Info: 520-266-2304 or Sierra Vista Visitor July events calendar or www.visitsierravista.com
July 4, Family Style 4th of July at Medigovich Field, Tombstone
America’s independence is celebrated in Tombstone with the annual softball tournament. Street entertainment and a rousing fireworks display at dusk round out the too-tough-to-die town’s events.
When: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Medigovich Field, Allen Street
Info: 520-457-3994 or Tombstone Chamber
July 3 & 4, Douglas’ “sporty” July 4th
If you and your kids can’t get enough of sports, check out the July 4th celebration in Douglas. They’ll have a variety of sports tournaments: youth soccer, golf, adult flag football and softball. You must pre-register. In addition, there will be food and craft vendors plus a Patriotic Parade downtown on Avenue G at 10 a.m. Fireworks will shoot off at on July 4th at 8:45 p.m.
For more info contact the City of Douglas Recreation Center at 520-417-7340.