The summer season is always one of our favorite times of year to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather here in Flagstaff. Come join us for another exciting summer season by visiting Flagstaff for the upcoming 4th of July celebration. Our nation’s founding is one of the best reasons to see a new location such as Flagstaff for your summer travels. You will find some 4th of July events and activities along with exciting summer activities during your stay. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Flagstaff this year:

Lights on the Lawn

Flagstaff is home to the annual Lights on the Lawn. This is a multiday event that takes place at Continental Country Club here in Flagstaff. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of hot food and cold drinks to bring in their summer season. A food court with some incredible food vendors will be on hand to dish out the tasty eats. A beer garden is the perfect spot for adults to enjoy a pint of their favorite Flagstaff beer to cool off. Additional activities include an exciting youth activity area, live music and entertainment, and lawn games that include corn hole, volleyball, and frisbee. The name Lights on the Lawn comes from the closing ceremony of the 4th of July fireworks display that will look a little different this year.

4th of July Laser Lightshow

Most cities across the country celebrate the end of the 4th of July with a dazzling display of fireworks in the night sky. This has been the tradition for generations and continues to be one in most parts of the country. Flagstaff, however, will be making the shift this year from traditional fireworks to an incredible laser light show. The shift is primarily due to the extreme fire risk that Northern Arizona has seen over the past few years with hot and dry conditions. In order to protect our beautiful environment, a laser light show will be put on to continue this tradition in a new way. This year’s exclusive laser light show will start just after sunset at approximately 8:30 – 9:00 PM. Since laser light shows are only visible from up to 500 feet away, you will want to be onsite at the event, located at Fort Tuthill Park. Make sure to arrive at least an hour early and have a lawn chair and blanket on hand to be comfortable.

4th of July Parade

One activity that will not change this year is the annual 4th of July Parade taking place in Flagstaff. This annual event sees local businesses get together for lively and patriotic parade floats and costumes that are taken around Historic Downtown Flagstaff. The route will start at Elm & Beaver before heading south and making its way down San Francisco back north again. The 4th of July Parade will take place on July 4th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Make sure to grab a spot along the route early so you can have plenty of room to see!

Check Out Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff is one of the few Dark Sky Communities here in the Southwest. The term comes from Flagstaff’s dark sky ordinance that restricts the amount of light for outdoor installations. You will find the night sky in Flagstaff to be pitch black, allowing for some of the best stargazing opportunities. Head over to Lowell Observatory to do just that. Their observatory has a nighttime telescope to help you see into the starry sky. Reaching the observatory is a short two-minute drive from Historic Downtown Flagstaff. There are daytime hours too where you can enjoy educational programming. Check out their schedule to see the highlight of their stargazing evening that will always focus on a new constellation or sight in the sky.

Explore Historic Downtown Flagstaff

You will have noticed that Historic Downtown Flagstaff is the center of the area. Make sure to spend some time exploring this historic neighborhood that is filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Local breweries such as Dar Sky Brewing and Mother Road Brewing are great for craft beer lovers. Dine at Tinderbox Kitchen or Shift Kitchen & Bar for some tasty food. West of the Moon Gallery and Bruce Aiken Fine Art showcase some incredible displays of art by local and national artists. There is plenty to see and do here in Historic Downtown Flagstaff.

Get Ready for your Own Flagstaff Adventure

There is no time like the present to start planning ahead for your patriotic celebration here in Flagstaff. Make sure to reserve one of our vacation rentals today to find the best one for you and your family. You will not find a finer selection of homes than ours!