Best time to go to Grand Canyon

4th of July 2021

Celebrate America at one of the seven wonders of the world

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
4th of July in Grand Canyon 2020 - Best Time

The iconic Grand Canyon with millions of years of geological history is a unique formation that is impressive during any time of the year. If you feel a bit overwhelmed with annual pyrotechnic displays, Grand Canyon is the perfect place to celebrate America's Independence, since fireworks are banned almost everywhere around the park due to extreme drought conditions. Many local towns host traditional celebrations featuring parades, barbecues, and street parties with a small-town atmosphere and classic Americana decorations. Most celebrations and festivities are grouped around the South Rim Area. We encourage you to check the updates on the official event websites.

Annual Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade (postponed in 2020)

Flagstaff is surrounded by mountains, desert, and scenic pine forests. The city is famous for premier hiking, camping, and mountain biking activities that can be enjoyed at any time. The highlight of the Independence Day Weekend is the Annual Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade around Historic Downtown Flagstaff. In the evening, locals and guests sit on the grass watching the Lights on the Lawn fireworks show at the Continental Country Club. This is one of the few places to see the fireworks in proximity to the Grand Canyon. The 2020 parade has been canceled due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The new date depends on the reopening stages in the area.

WetFest in Sedona (canceled)

On July 4, Sedona traditionally hosts the day full of music and lots of fun activities like a swimming pool and waterslide surrounded by the spectacular red rocks at Sedona Community Pool. Free admission. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 year celebrations have been canceled. Alternatively, you may attend other events in the area. Cottonwood will be hosting its annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza at about 8:45 pm. The event is to be held at the Cottonwood Kids Park next to the Verde Valley fairgrounds.

Firecracker Express from Clarkdale (pending)

Many visitors also take Verde Canyon Railroad’s “Firecracker Express” on July 4th from Clarkdale, just about 20 miles from Sedona. The tour starts with a patriotic visit with a bald eagle at the depot and All-American Barbecue on the patio prior to the train’s departure at 1:00 pm. The express takes visitors on the scenic route in the Sedona area with spectacular views of the Verde River and red cliffs.

Engineer of Firecracker Express at Verde Canyon Railroad on the 4th of July 2020
Engineer of Firecracker Express at Verde Canyon Railroad on the 4th of July

Fourth of July fireworks and parade in Williams (July 4, 2020)

Williams, located about 90 km (50 miles) south of the Grand Canyon, hosts an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with parades, ice cream, and barbeque. A historic railroad small town has one of the longest parades in Northern Arizona. Festivities also include a chili cook-off, antique car and tractor show, and team roping competition. The day ends with spectacular fireworks.

4th of July Celebration in Tusayan (canceled)

The town of Tusayan, south of the entrance to the park, hosts a Fourth of July Parade followed by festivities, fun activities, and a laser show.

Small Town Independence Day Celebration in Kanab (July 4, 2020)

Kanab in the North Rim area of the Grand Canyon holds an atmospheric celebration of America's Independence featuring a parade, a pancakes breakfast, barbeques, and fireworks. In 2020, local authorities promise to make all the necessary adjustments to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. The festive day starts at 6 am with the Blast Off! cannon ceremony, followed by a Color Fun Run 5k at the church in the town center at 7 am. The “Forever Freedom” parade starts at 10 am on Center Street. There are other festivities planned at Jacob Hamblin Park with the program full of entertainment and vendors.

Page & Lake Powell Fireworks (July 4, 2020)

The town of Page located near the East Rim of Grand Canyon offers plenty of things to do like kayaking or boating on Lake Powell, hiking in Antelope Canyon and other scenic locations. Page is known for its large 4th of July parade at 10 am, pancake breakfast, and fireworks at 9 pm at the Lake Powell National Golf Course.

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