Fireworks Highlight July 4th Activities



Photo courtesy of the GLH Foundation

Last year, one group of youngsters used a Hawaiian theme for the Kids Standing for Kids lemonade stand they had in front of Bashas’. The youngsters at the stand were Kailey Carnes, Cloee Beehler, Megan Sexton and her brother, Ryland Sexton. Be sure to get a refreshing glass of lemonade from one of the many fund-raising stands between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, which provides assistance to families with medical emergencies, buys bike helmets for youngsters and more.

Enjoy a “staycation” over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Revel in the cooler climes of the Rim Country and sample all kinds of old-fashioned fun in Payson, Pine and Tonto Village.

Free concert in Pine

The U.S. Army Band will present a free concert at the Pine Community Center in the cultural hall at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 1.

Take a trip up to Pine early Friday morning. The Pine Library Friends are having a book sale in the library’s activity room, which is behind the cultural hall at the Community Center in the middle of town.  The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 2; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 3; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 4.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be holding a big event as well. More than 75 high quality craft vendors will be offering those perfect items for home or garden.

There will be many food vendors and the Pine-Strawberry firefighters will offer their delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for just $5.

First Friday

Join merchants along Payson’s historic Main Street for the monthly First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 2.

Look for the crafters up and down Main Street as the Payson Main Street Guild adds more excitement to the First Friday event. Spaces are still available. For details, visit or contact Cindy Kofile at (928) 478-1065.

Right in the center of Payson’s historic business district Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., will host a program by Brandon Shepard. There will also be brats served up by members of the Kiwanis Club; ice cream from Scoops; and See’s Chocolates from the Soroptimists.

Local western artist Conrad Okerwall will be demonstrating his artistic skill and meeting the public. The Humane Society of Central Arizona will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations. Guests can also purchase tickets for the “1920s Passport to Paris” — the Payson Community Kids first gala event.

Down the Street Art Gallery will have Rim Country Literacy Program representatives from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The mission of the Rim Country Literacy Program is to enable adults of all ages to fulfill their personal goals and to participate more fully in society by providing free instruction in mathematics, reading, writing, and speaking the English language.

For each dollar donated to the program there will be a chance to win one of two prints by Minette Richardson, one of the founding members of Down the Street Art Gallery.

Anniversary celebration

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2010 and is planning one of its big events to coincide with the holiday weekend.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will have a Decadent Dessert Bash from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July 2, featuring delicious sweets for just a donation at the door. Live music to entertain guests will also be provided.

Lemonade stands

Kids are standing for kids at more than 25 decorated lemonade stands around the Rim Country as part of the Fourth of July weekend as part of the Kids Standing for Kids program.

The event features multiple lemonade stands set up by local children throughout the Rim Country, with the profits benefiting the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund.  In the past, Kids Standing for Kids has hosted 20 to 25 lemonade stands all running at one time from Payson up to Pine.

This year there will be stands from Tonto Basin up to Pine, with more than 50 children participating.

Many of the stands are decorated with a theme and some youngsters have even dressed up in costume.

Buy an ice-cold cup of lemonade and support the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.

“This event is a great way for parents and kids to interact, encourage the philanthropic spirit, build their customer service skills, and provide great community contribution opportunities while enjoying a great summertime activity,” said parent Amity Justice. 

Lemonade stands will be at: AZ Coil, AZ Exotics, Bashas’, Buffalo Grill, Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin, Canyon State Credit Union, Chapman Auto Center, Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty’s Pine office, From Head to Toe Essentials, Green Valley Park, Jennifer’s Skin Care, Payson Feed & Pet, Payson Golf Course, Pine Country Animal Clinic, Plant Fair Nursery, Rim Country Hay & Grain, Safeway, Scoops, Tonto Basin Marketplace, Twin Pines Shopping Center, Uncle Tom’s Kwik Stop, Walgreens and Western Village.

Proceeds benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund for safety, car seat, and children’s crisis medical bills programs. The event has raise between $3,500 and $6,500 in the past.

GLH Foundation thanks Walmart, APS and Pine Ice for the supplies.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588 or log onto


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Professional and amateur motorcycle racers will tear up the turf Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, when motocross returns to the Payson Event Center.

Moto X Madness

Both professional racers and amateurs will be tearing up the turf at the Payson Event Center at 7 p.m., Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3.

The event will feature Freestyle Motocross, Step-Up Competition and Arena Cross. There is still time to register to participate. Pros need to be at the Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to register, or contact Tyler Polk at (480) 560-8539 or by e-mail at Amateurs must be at least 16 to participate and the entry fee is $20 (those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register). Registration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 2 and from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 3.

Fee: $15 and can be purchased online or by calling 888-840-0457.

Payson party

On Saturday, July 3, the Town of Payson is just getting warmed up as it continues the craft fair on old Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The community’s patriotic salute to America continues with the 2nd Annual Payson Hometown Patriotic Parade down Historic Main Street at 5 p.m. The parade is coordinated and produced by the Main Street Merchants Guild. Viewers will enjoy floats, walking and performing groups and much more.

Want to participate? This parade is open to everyone — decorate yourself, a float, bike, quad or car and enter the parade. The parade is free, but you must register by visiting and click on the button that says “4th of July.”

The fun continues on Saturday evening with live musical entertainment, laid back atmosphere and yummy food vendors at the Concert Under the Stars series held at Green Valley Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The performing band will be The Higher Power Band.

On Sunday, July 4 the Town of Payson will begin its Fourth of July celebration with a special Patriotic Tribute at Green Valley Park, starting at 8 a.m. Listen to a recital of the Declaration of Independence, followed by an emotional flag-raising ceremony.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Town of Payson’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will kick off its countdown to “Boom Time” with traditional kids’ games including sack races, a water balloon toss and tug of war. Finally, there will be the 2nd Annual Payson Arizona Foot Races. The goal is to find the fastest kids (young or old) in Rim Country. Race age groups will range from toddlers up to 50 years old. Also enjoy bouncy houses, face painters, balloon artists, food vendors and much more.

Rim Country favorites John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will provide live music from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the band Johnny Anonymous will entertain the crowds.

Starting at approximately 9 p.m. over Green Valley Park, the skies will come alive with one of the “best small-town fireworks displays in the state of Arizona” according to the Arizona Republic.

Enjoy more than 45 minutes of bright colors and mesmerizing displays. The Northern Gila County Sanitary District and the Town of Payson Water Department sponsor the display.

Due to the popularity of this event, free shuttle busses will be running from Payson High School to Green Valley Park. Starting at 5:30 p.m., a shuttle bus will pick you up on the north side parking lot (football field) and transport you to Green Valley Park. After the show, the busses will return you to your parked car.

Directions to Payson High School: take Highway 87 to Longhorn Road. Go west on Longhorn Road until you get to the Payson High School north parking lot (north of the football field). 

For more information about this event, please contact Cameron Davis, Town of Payson — Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director at (928) 468-6074 or email: or visit

Eat and be entertained

Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., will add to the fun on Sunday, July 4 with a patriotic celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Claudio’s “Chile Hot Jazz Band” is featured with hot dogs, displays, a raffle and more for your enjoyment.

Share in a bit of Rim Country history — the church has been serving the community since 1935.

The church will also offer free parking for the fireworks display, starting at 5 p.m.

Call (928) 474-2059 for more information.

Tonto Village fun

Lynda St. John will be providing live music July 3 at the Double D Restaurant and Bar in Tonto Village. She will perform on the patio from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and in the bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tonto Village is going to celebrate the country’s birthday with a quad parade and a Kid ’n Kritters contest. Ethel Cain, the owner of the Double D, is sponsoring the event. The parade will start at the first set of mailboxes at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 4. Decorate your quad in a patriotic theme or whatever brings out your creativity. There will be barbecue beef on a bun at the restaurant and popsicles for the kids who enter their parade.

For more information, call the restaurant at (928) 478-4332


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