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Deciding how to celebrate will be the biggest challenge Sedona and Verde Valley residents face this Independence Day.

Sedona Red Rock News Managing Editor Trista Steers MacVittieArea communities are pulling out all of the stops to celebrate Wednesday, July 4, in true American style.

Camp Verde is rolling out a parade of its own this year after many years to celebrate as a community. The American Legion Post No. 93 took the time to organize the parade and a celebration, which will be held following the parade. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. in Camp Verde.

Later in the evening, Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde will host a fireworks display.

To the north, Rimrock celebrates July 4 with the Beaver Creek Parade at 9:30 a.m. Before the parade, the Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast takes place starting at 7 a.m. The fun doesn’t end when the parade does. Festivities continue with a ribbon presentation, cookie sale and loads of fun for the children.

Head to the west side of the valley, and more fun is to found.

Clarkdale hosts its Old Fashioned 4th of July & Centennial Celebration at the Clarkdale Town Park. Festivities kick off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and roll on through with a children’s parade at 9 a.m. and a festival lasting until 11 a.m. The event will include live music performed in the park’s gazebo, food, picnic games and dedication of a centennial tree.

Cottonwood takes over the party at 4 p.m. with water slides, children’s activities, inflatable rides and eating contests at the Cottonwood Kids Park. Festivities heat up when the fireworks countdown begins at 7:45 p.m. with live music and presentations. The show starts at 8:45 p.m. and lasts for 35 minutes.

Up the road in Sedona, the city is reviving its Fourth of July celebration after a number of years. A fireworks display used to take place on Independence Day but was discontinued. This year, rather than setting anything on fire, the city of Sedona will host a laser light show instead. The 30-minute laser spectacular begins at 9 p.m. at Posse Grounds Park. Those who arrive early can enjoy a barbecue and live music starting at 6:30 p.m. leading up to the show.

With so much to do, it will be hard for residents to pick just one event to attend. Technically, based on the time of the events, you could make a stop at each of them if you can’t make up your mind.

Whatever you choose to do this Fourth of July, be safe, have fun and wish the United States of America a happy birthday.

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