Payson 4th Promises Music, Fun, Fireworks

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An old-fashioned, small-town celebration is in the works for the Fourth of July.

Fun and festivities start on Friday, July 3 with the First Friday Main Street Block Party and more.

Shop and snack, listen to music and check out the art in the galleries on old Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 3. The merchants will have special deals, you can enjoy food from vendors along the street and the Johnny Anonymous Band will provide music throughout the evening.

At 6 p.m., the historic Ox Bow Inn will open for a fund-raising dance to benefit the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee scholarship fund and breast cancer support groups. Providing music for the night will be the popular local group Junction 87, starting at 9 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a $5 cover charge. For more information, call John Landino at (928) 468-6684.

Farmers Market opens

Fourth of July fun continues on West Main Street Saturday morning. The new Farmers Market will be open at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, from 8 a.m. to noon. This is the market’s debut.

There will be fresh produce from both local and statewide growers, goat cheese, fudge, honey, jams/jellies, naturally sweetened fruit butters, eggs and baked goods. An ice cream vendor is also scheduled to participate.

An old-fashioned family 4th of July Parade is planned for 9 a.m. on Main Street. Sponsored by the Main Street Merchants Guild and Main Street Program, everyone is invited to participate, free of charge. Dress up everybody in the family, including the pets and walk down Main Street to celebrate.

Decorate bikes, wagons, motorcycles, ATVs, the old truck or family car and join the fun.

For additional details, call (928) 468-6074. To sign up as a participants, call Cindy at (928) 478-1065.

The Main Street Merchants Guild will provide the participants in the parade flags to wave.

After the parade, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be carnival games on Main Street.

Patriotic ceremony

The Payson Water Department, the Northern Gila County Sanitary District and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department sponsor the celebration in Payson’s crown jewel, Green Valley Park.

Activities start with a patriotic ceremony at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in the park.

Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., there will be games for children and foot races hosted by Habitat for Humanity.

Music will fill the air from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with rock from the Johnny Anonymous Band. Later, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the entertainment continues with more rock, plus blues and R&B with the Gypsy Juke Rockers.

Fireworks over the lake will start at 9 p.m. Because of limited parking, once again a free shuttle to Green Valley Park will be offered from the Payson High School parking lot. Starting at 5:30 p.m., park at the north side of the high school (football field), and a shuttle school bus will provide transportation to and from Green Valley Park. To get to the pickup 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).

Green Valley Park and West Main Street are not the only sites for 4th of July fun. There will be special activities at Taylor Pool in North Rumsey Park and up in Pine at the Community Center.

Taylor Pool will have lifeguard demonstrations, games, prizes and raffles. The pool is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is $3 per person.

Pine Strawberry arts, crafts fair

There will be a Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair at the Pine Community Center during the 4th of July weekend. There will be more than 80 booths with arts and crafts, plus food and more.

The fair is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 5.

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m., and Navajo tacos will be for sale at the Senior Center. The Pine-Strawberry Museum will be open, along with the playground for children. There will be a quilt raffle as well. The Pine Community Center is within walking distance of the area galleries, shopping and restaurants.

The Pine Community Center is right on North Highway 87, just about in the middle of town.

For more information, call Debra Price, (928) 476-3897.

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