An old-fashioned, small-town celebration is in the works for the Fourth of July, starting on Friday, July 3 and continuing through Sunday, July 5.
Friday, July 3
• Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library book sale at library activities room, behind Pine Cultural Hall in Pine Community Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• First Friday
First Friday Block Party on old Main in Payson, 5 to 8 p.m. with a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Community Presbyterian Church, from 5 to 7 p.m., $5 per plate; food vendors all along Main at area shops; music; and more.
• Dance at the Oxbow
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is sponsoring a dance at the Historic Oxbow Saloon featuring the music of Junction 87. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the committee’s scholarship program and breast cancer support groups.
Saturday, July 4 in Payson
• 8 a.m. — Patriotic ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park, followed by a program on the Declaration of Independence, led by Lew Levenson at the park bandstand.
• 8 a.m. — Payson Farmers Market debuts at parking lot of Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main; open until noon.
• 9 a.m. — Fun continues Saturday morning with an old-fashioned family 4th of July Parade on West Main Street, sponsored by the Main Street Merchants Guild and Main Street Program.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Carnival games on Main Street.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Taylor Pool will have lifeguard demonstrations, games, prizes and raffles. Admission is $3 per person.
• 1 to 3 p.m. — Games for children and foot races hosted by Habitat for Humanity at Green Valley Park.
• 4 to 6 p.m. — Music at Green Valley Park with rock from the Johnny Anonymous Band.
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Music continues at Green Valley Park with more rock, plus blues and R&B by the Gypsy Juke Rockers.
• 9 p.m. — Fireworks over the lake. Because of the limited parking, once again a free shuttle to Green Valley Park will be offered from the Payson High School. Starting at 5:30 p.m., park at the Payson High School north side (football field) lot and a shuttle school bus will provide transportation to and from Green Valley Park. To get to the pick-up site, take Highway 87 to Longhorn Road. Go west on Longhorn Road to the Payson High School north parking lot (north of the football field).
• 6 p.m. — Dance at the Oxbow, sponsored by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, featuring the music of Junction 87. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the committee’s scholarship program and breast cancer support groups.
Saturday, July 4 in Pine
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair at the Pine Community Center will have more than 80 booths with arts and crafts, plus food and more. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be offered from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Navajo Tacos will be for sale at the Senior Center. The Pine Community Center is right on North Highway 87, just about in the middle of town.
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Pine Library book sale in Pine Library activity room behind the cultural hall at the Community Center, sponsored by the Pine Library Friends group.
• Noon to 4 p.m. — The Pine-Strawberry Firefighters Association celebrates 40 years of service to the communities of Pine and Strawberry and surrounding areas.
The celebration will include food, family fun and education at Station 41 in Pine. For $5 the firefighters will provide a plate with a brat or hot dog, chips, sweets and a drink. There will be a bouncy house for the kids and an education program from the firefighting clowns. Meet the firefighters, see the equipment and help with the celebration on Hardscrabble Road in Pine.
Saturday, July 4 around the Rim
• 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Houston Mesa Fire District Auxiliary is hosting its annual bake sale and fund-raiser.
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Firewise East Verde Park Second Annual All-American Independence Day Festival. Activities will include a horseshoe tournament, an adopt-a-duck race at the river’s edge, a go-cart rally and obstacle course, and a catch and release fishing derby for kids 13 and under — no license required. There will be a carnival for the kids with numerous games, activities and prizes.
Throughout the day, there will be hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches with all the trimmings, chips, cookies, cold drinks and water for sale. There will also be an old-fashioned pie-eating contest.
East Verde Park is located three miles north of Payson at Highway 87 and East Verde Estates turnoff. Just follow the signs from there.
• Noon and on — Christopher Creek’s community celebration will be anchored at the Creekside Restaurant. There will be music, hayrides, a 50-50 drawing, a chicken drop contest and special activities for children. The restaurant will be providing an assortment of low-cost refreshments.
Sunday, July 5
• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair continues at the Pine Community Center.
• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Pine Library book sale in Pine Library activity room behind the cultural hall at the Community Center, sponsored by the Pine Library Friends group.