Next week, Americans all around the country will don their red, white and blue to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day. With fireworks, good food, music and unexpected ways to enjoy the Fourth of July, there’s something for everyone to enjoy the festivities in Cochise County.

Take a look at what is going on in your community for a vibrant and fun Fourth of July.

Bisbee

The centerpiece of historic Bisbee’s Fourth of July celebrations is not the fireworks; it’s the annual coaster race, which kicks of the activities for the day at 7 a.m.

Coaster races have been going on for years and the first to occur on the Fourth of July was in 1923.

The event is a race down Tombstone Canyon in homemade coasters piloted by children hungry for prizes and glory.

There are 25 drivers this year who must all complete a pre-race trial run this Saturday. Main Street at Naco Road to Tombstone Canyon at West Boulevard will be closed to traffic for the trial race this Saturday from 6:50 to 10 a.m.

There will also be parking restrictions the day of the event.

For more information on the coaster race, visit www.bisbeecoasterraces.com.

Bisbee City Clerk Ashlee Coronado said Fourth of July is big in Bisbee and there are a variety of other activities going on throughout the day.

The popular parade will start at 11 a.m. in Warren at Cole Avenue and West Vista. On the route, a mix of groups, private organizations, individuals and out of towners will fill the streets with color.

Coronado said the parade is open to anyone to participate.

From noon to 6 p.m. the Bisbee Public Works Department will set up three or four water slides in the middle of Vista Park for people to cool down.

One of the most anticipated activities is the hard rock drilling competition, followed by the mucking competition, where competitors use shovels to load up minecarts in the fastest time. It takes place from noon to 7 p.m. in Brewery Gulch.

Bisbee’s firework display will start at dusk.

For more information, visit www.bisbeeaz.gov.

Huachuca City

The town of Huachuca City will be celebrating a rollicking, rowdy Fourth of July when the Rowdy Johnson Band takes the stage.

Independence Day festivities start at 4 p.m. in Huachuca City Park with the presentation of colors by Tombstone High School’s JROTC color guard, immediately followed by the “country-outlaw, rockin’ sounds” of Rowdy Johnson.

Known for delivering high-energy shows, the band belts out songs composed by lead singer-songwriter Rowdy Johnson, while feeding off the fans and playing to their audience.

A prolific songwriter, Rowdy’s songs are reminiscent of country music’s classic outlaws, weaving lyrics into soulful creations that replicate such icons as Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Jr. and Charlie Daniels.

The group has opened or played with the likes of Trace Atkins, Charlie Daniels, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf and more.

Whether it’s “Haunted Guitar” or “Elly May’s Biscuits,” the Rowdy Johnson Band prides itself in representing the voice of the people when it comes to traditional country fans with true country roots, Johnson said during a past interview.

“When I write a song, I want you to hear my story. I want that song to move you. And that’s what my songs do.”

Along with the live entertainment, Huachuca City’s July 4th celebration is filled with family activities, including a free barbecue that starts at four and continues through the evening, while supplies last. A dunk tank, pie eating contest, hobby-horse rodeo, and 50-50 raffle are other activities families are sure to enjoy.

“We’re even going to have a jail where folks can have a friend or public official arrested for a dollar,” said Suzanne Harvey, one of the organizers. “The prisoners can get bailed out for $3. Money raised through the arrests and bail-outs will be used for tour senior center,” she said.

As in past years, the town pool will be open to the public from 3 until 7 p.m., giving families a refreshing escape from the summer heat.

Once the sun goes down, the celebration culminates with a fireworks display by Whetstone Fire District.

“I’m very excited about our Fourth of July celebration this year,” Harvey said. “We have a fabulous band for entertainment and a great lineup of activities. For a fun, small-town Fourth of July filled with different things for kids and adults, get decked out in your finest red, white and blue and come to Huachuca City Park.”

Palominas

The July 4 Unorganized Parade returns to Palominas on Thursday, continuing the multi-decade tradition.

Susan Ostrander, a member of the Palominas community club, invites anyone who wants to participate to meet at the Palominas Fire station, 9903 S. Palominas Road, bright and early on July 4. The parade starts at 9 a.m. but participants should arrive at the fire station on Palominas road at 8:30 p.m.

“Last year we had an Uncle Sam with his little dog,” Ostander said. “It’s quite a community affair down there.”

Any person or group is welcomed to participate and are encouraged to dress up. The parade route extends roughly half a mile and ends at the State Route 92 and Palominas Road intersection.

Spectators are encouraged to park perpendicular to the road to watch the parade from their vehicle. There will also be plenty of parking at the school, near the end of the parade route.

After the parade, the church will have a fun fest with games and prizes for anyone to join. The fire department will provide food for the event.

For more information, call Ostrander at 520-366-0360.

Sierra Vista

The 7th annual Pets & People Promenade kicks off Sierra Vista’s Independence Day festivities on Thursday at Ramada No. 3 at Veterans Memorial Park. The festivities continue throughout the day at the park.

New Frontier Animal Medical Center is the sponsor for the Pets & People Promenade for the fourth consecutive year. Julie Chusman, executive assistant at New Frontier Animal Medical Center, says she likes being a part of the event because it allows her and her coworkers to interact with the community outside of an office setting.

Registration for the Pets & People Promenade begins at 7 a.m. and the walk starts at 7:30. Judging of the entries will start at 8 a.m. with the awards presentation at 8:30. Participants can compete in six categories in which prizes will be awarded: most patriotic, best couple, rockstar, best group, most original and people’s choice.

Live entertainment and military displays by Fort Huachuca will begin at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Vendors will also be stationed at the park throughout the day. The Salute to The Union will start around 11:30 p.m., and will feature 50 salvos of the cannon to represent each state.

The Chili Cook-off tasting and judging will be held at 12:30 p.m. with tasting ticket presales beginning at noon. Fort Huachuca’s B Troop riding demonstration follows at 1 p.m. and their cannon firing demonstration will be at 2 p.m.

Fireworks cap off the day with the 51st Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks Show. They are scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.

Tombstone

For Fourth of July activities for the whole family, City Park on Allen Street will be the home of Tombstone Forward’s Family Fun Day.

There will be a variety of activities available throughout the day including a display of red, white and blue quilts made and donated by the Tombstone Art Gallery. Guests will be able to vote on their favorite and the quilts will be donated to the Tucson VA.

At 10 a.m. there will be a kid’s parade of bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers down Sixth Street all decorated by the kids competing for prizes.

Board Member at Large April Hinton said they will also be sending people over to the American Legion for their annual Fourth of July cookout.

“Last year it smelled so good it drove us crazy,” Hinton said. “We really do all this for the children and groups in the community.”

Fireworks will occur around sundown at the Medigovich Field as long as weather permits.

There are no fees for the family fun day or the kid’s parade.

The festivities go from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit tombstoneforward.com.

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