Independence Day Fireworks And Activities To Be Held In Payson

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This year's Independence Day celebration in Payson will feature a large fireworks show and entertainment. This is a free event the family is sure to enjoy.

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Fireworks and other Independence Day activities will be held at Green Valley Park in Payson.

The fun will take place Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Green Valley Park amphitheater. There will be games, gunnysack races, tug-o-war, and other activities for all ages. Bring a picnic basket and blanket, or grab some food from one of the vendors that will be on hand, so you can sit back after a day of fun and enjoy live family entertainment by local bands.

John Carpino and The Hot Cappuccinos perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Claymation will be providing the entertainment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Hot Cappuccinos is a five-piece variety rock band performing a wonderful mix of classic rock, crossover country-rock and contemporary music. Together, the members have more than 100 years of experience in the music business. Carpino, voted Payson's favorite musician for 11 years now, has assembled some of Rim country's finest musicians -- Billy Ichida (with Junction 87) on lead guitar, Chris Campbell on drums, James Altstatt on bass and Lu Carpino on keyboard, percussion and vocals. The combination is dynamic -- an energetic, fun sound with an emphasis on strong vocals and harmonies. In addition to original tunes, the Hot Cappuccinos play music from the 60s through today -- sounds from the Eagles, Van Morrison, John Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Marley -- just to name a few. Carpino said the band is planning to do some patriotic pieces and invite the audience to sing along.

Clay Sopeland, who grew up in Payson, is founder and lead singer for Claymation. The other members of the band are Greig Perrin, lead guitar; Kris Olsen, bass; and Marty Tkackyk, drummer. Sopeland, Perrin and Olsen have played together for nine years, Tkackyk is the new kid in the group.

Sopeland said the band plays a variety of sounds including country, classic rock, contemporary rock, and could be debuting an original song at the concert on July 4.

A grand, patriotic, traditional fireworks display over Green Valley Lake will follow.

Handicap accessible parking will be located in the northeast parking lot next to the amphitheater, but no shuttle service from other parking areas will be provided. Those attending can park around the park; in the lot at Julia Randall Elementary School; and at the Presbyterian Church on Main.

There will be several road closures as well, according to Payson Police Commander Don Engler.

At 2 p.m. July 4 the boat dock at Green Valley Lake will be closed and after 5 p.m. West Lake Drive, west of the dam, and Country Lane will be closed except for residents along those roads and their guests.

At the conclusion of the event, the police will have two lanes of east-bound traffic on Main Street and anyone parked west of the dam will have to go up Country Club Lane, Vista Road and down Airport Road to get back into town.

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