Celebrating the 4th of July while you are recovering from addiction can be difficult. It is important to remember your triggers and avoid holiday celebrations that might affect your sobriety.
Reflections Recovery Center has compiled a list of fun, family-friendly, sober-friendly activities happening this 4th of July in Prescott and Flagstaff.
Festivities In Prescott
There are many local festivities going on in Prescott this 4th of July. From concerts, to parades, to fireworks, this list includes fun events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Prescott’s Frontier Days
Presenting the world’s oldest rodeo, Prescott’s Frontier Days take place over 4th of July weekend. The Frontier Days event includes eight amazing rodeo performances.
Downtown 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
The Mile High Middle School hosts the Prescott 4th of July Celebrations. Amusement rides, water slides, and a mechanical bull are all part of the fun. Live music will accompany the festivities throughout the day, with food trucks available. The fireworks kick off at 9:00 p.m. from the parking garage rooftop, making any area around the middle school a great place to view the show.
Worth noting: This event includes a beer garden, separate from the rest of the festivities. Proceed to this event with caution if you feel the beer garden is unavoidable.
Festivities Prescott Valley
Prescott Valley is also hosting an Independence Day celebration on July 4th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Mountain Valley Park.
Festivities In Flagstaff
Flagstaff is offering a variety of 4th of July celebrations. The event schedule provides something for everyone, no matter what type of activities your family likes.
21st Annual 4th of July Parade
The 4th of July parade in Flagstaff has been recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine as a great way to celebrate the holiday. The parade takes place in historic downtown Flagstaff beginning at 9 a.m. and features over 100 floats, music, dancing, animals and vintage vehicles.
The Flagstaff Symphony Independence Day Concert
The Flagstaff orchestra will host its annual 4th of July free concert at the Pepsi Amphitheater in Fort Tuthill park. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Lights on the Lawn Events and Fireworks
Enjoy 4th of July celebrations all weekend long! On Saturday, enjoy a dueling pianos concert by Killer Keyz. Sunday’s event is a charity golf tournament. Events on Monday, July 3 run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature a Kid’s Zone, food court, live music, a beer garden, and a fireworks display in the evening. General admission is free.
Note: The event on Monday has a beer garden, so take that into consideration before attending.
Throw Your Own Party
The fun activities going on in your community are a great option, but you can still throw your own party. Sometimes hosting a party is the best way to remain sober on celebration days like the 4th of July, because you can control the situation – who attends and what is served. Surround yourself with supportive family and friends who know how to have fun without alcohol.
Always Be Prepared
If you and your family decide to attend any of the Independence Day celebrations in Prescott, Prescott Valley or Flagstaff, be prepared for temptations. Research the events ahead of time and take note of any potential triggers that might be there. Make your family aware of a backup plan in case you feel like you need to step away from the festivities.