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4th of July

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4th of July

Hi all, was just wondering if 4th of July is celebrated at the South rim, and if so; How?

thanks

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1. Re: 4th of July

Don't expect fireworks.

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2. Re: 4th of July

It's a holiday. You'll see flags and bunting, but as mentioned, no fireworks. Too much danger of wild fires.

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3. Re: 4th of July

Wasn't expecting fire works, I read that they were forbidden :) Just wondered what to expect, have never been to the US before so I'm not sure how you usually celebrate 4th of July. Thanks for your replies!

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4. Re: 4th of July

Since you are from Europe you might want to try to see the most classic of America on the Fourth of July, the small town parade and watermelon bust. I would check with Adventuritis, who is the expert for the small towns up there. Maybe Flagstaff, Williams, Holbrook, Winslow will have a parade. It is a great thing to see, especially if you have never seen one. Winslow also might have fireworks, but then it would be too late to drive back to the Grand Canyon. I would check on Flagstaff first.

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5. Re: 4th of July

Much of the U.S. celebrates with fireworks, barbecuing, and maybe a parade. I found this in Tusayan which has the latter two:

http://grandcanyoncvb.org/rotarydinner/

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35th Annual Grand Canyon Chamber 4th of July – this year’s theme is “Salute the Troops – Heroes in our Hearts,” kids games, parade, live band local favorite “Exit 64,” celebrate with a parade at 2 pm, fun for all, free, 11 am, 928-638-2901 or http://therealgrandcanyon.info H

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6. Re: 4th of July

This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about. Notice it closes at 7 p.m. (19:00) so no fireworks.

Don't know how big this one will be, and I imagine every parade across the country will be a salute to the troops. But it looks like fun, and it has all the basics. And the price is right, FREE! The reason I suggested Flagstaff as first choice is that it is one of the Old West railroad towns that has families with roots going back 5-6 or even more generations. When they have a parade you can have 3 even 4 generations marching as a family with their loved ones cheering them on from the sidelines. That's impossible to find in the newer towns of the Southwest.

Edited: 12:28 pm, June 12, 2013
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7. Re: 4th of July

Weather permitting, Page/Lake Powell also has a cool fireworks display. They typically set them off over the Lake Powell National Golf Course, and the pyrotechnics often illuminate the Glen Canyon Dam and the sandstone cliffs surrounding them. It's very cool. But again - heavily dependent on weather, specifically, enough precipitation received in the months prior to minimize fire danger.

Page/Lake Powell is ~3.5 hours from Grand Canyon South Rim due to the detour through Tuba City one has to take due to a roadslide that occurred a few months ago on the town's main highway coming in from the South.

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It sounds like you will definitely be at the Grand Canyon on the 4th, but just in case you have plans to be in Las Vegas around that time, Vegas really does the 4th of July in a big way. Several of the casinos set off huge fireworks displays. It's not the small town parade and picnic type of celebration tho if that's what you're looking for.

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Just as an aside, the biggest annual fireworks show in the nation is held at Lake Havasu, the second most visited site in Arizona behind the Grand Canyon. I believe it is held in February. This is the convention of fireworks manufacturers and you will never see anything bigger unless you live to see the next centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

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10. Re: 4th of July

Thank you all, we'll arrive in the afternoon at the Canyon so we won't have time for a detour since we will be leaving the day after for Vegas. We will probably miss all 4th of July fun but our plan is already in place.