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Payson’s 4th of July celebration begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 and continues throughout the day, concluding with a fireworks display (if conditions allow) at Green Valley Park on West Main Street.
Activities start at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial with a patriotic ceremony, which includes reading the Declaration of Independence. Family games and friendly competitions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the amphitheater bandstand will come alive with live music by the Technicolors Band.
The Big Boom Finale starts at about 9 p.m. with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Arizona. Free shuttle buses will run from the Payson High School administration parking lot (off McLane Road) to Green Valley Park. After the show, the buses will return people to their cars.
For more information, contact Cameron Davis, director, Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or e-mail: or visit

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