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Celebrations Continue

06 July 2019  
You may have thought that the big day this week was the 4th of July - and yes, it was! - but, wait, there’s more!

There is a lot going on today in Prescott as the celebrations continue. 

Of course, first off is the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade. Did you know that this parade is the 2nd largest annual parade in the state of Arizona? Only the Fiesta Bowl is larger. The route is a little over a mile in length, and typically there are over 200 floats. It usually takes about 2 hours.

By the time the parade is over, the temperatures should be higher than 85º. It will be sunny, with a little breeze and no chance of rain or clouds. In other words, a gorgeous day is planned for this parade!

To enjoy the Prescott Frontier Days Parade® to the fullest, here’s what you want to bring: 

  • Plenty of water– stay hydrated
  • Simple snacks, especially if you have children
  • A hat will also help, as the sun will shift over the parade route
  • A chair or a blanket to sit on. 
  • A reusable grocery bag, because you will probably be given flyers, candy, flags and other objects. 
  • Your camera/phone, and extra batteries! You’re going to have lots of photo ops! 

Parking is never fun when it comes to Parade day, so arrive early in order to find a place. Load as many people as possible in your vehicle, because it’s easier to find one spot than two! Some of the places to consider include: 

  • Parking Garage on Granite
  • Sprouts parking lot
  • Mile High Middle School

If you have previously parked in the parking lot at Sheldon and Montezuma, you probably should not expect to do so today. There is construction taking place in the area, and much of it will be closed. Please be respectful of driveways and businesses. There are a few locations that offer paid parking, usually somewhere between $5-10.

If you’re up for a short hike, you could park in Granite Creek Park, and then plan to picnic afterwards! 

There are a lot of road closures, not just for the parade route, but for staging the floats. Coming in from the south of Prescott is probably your best bet. Expect short streets between Sheldon and Gurley to be closed all morning. Here is a map of street closures and restrictions for the Rodeo Parade

Prescott eNews will be live streaming the parade on their Facebook page, so if you can’t make it downtown, tune in online! 

Right after the parade, on the north side of the Courthouse Plaza, will be a patriotic concert. It’s a great way to celebrate your country!

Head over to Whiskey Row, and watch the hose cart races, which start shortly after the parade is finished. 

Starting at noon, you can head over to the Mile High Middle School football field for Water Wars  The admission is $20, which includes 30 water balloons, a water slide pass and a commemorative Water Wars Head Band for the first 1000 attendees. Additional water balloons are available for purchase from charities that are on site. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden. 

Finally, the World’s Oldest Rodeo® will have two performances today: a 1:30 matinee and a 7:30 PM evening show. 

Sunday, you can attend Cowboy Church in the grandstands at 10 AM, and the final rodeo performance for 2019 at 1:30 in the afternoon. 

 

 

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.