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America's Independence Day is right around the corner and Yuma is a great place to celebrate the holiday with friends and family! Here's our list of the most popular activities taking shape in the world's sunniest city this 4th of July ...
Make Waves — Don't let your holiday plans be ruined by weather; come to the place with the most fun under the sun for a Colorado River cool down! Access to refreshing waterways is within minutes of Yuma ... ideal for finding your way back to town after a day on the water. Don't have watercraft but crave an opportunity to splash away the heat? Gateway Park and Centennial Beach at West Wetlands Park are perfect for melting away the doldrums of the work week with easy beach access along the calm Colorado River. For information about boating in Arizona, visit the Arizona Game & Fish Department's website.
Splash-tacular — Recently reopened, Waylon's Water World is one of Arizona's premier water parks and features several slides, a relaxing lazy river, and a large adventure area for kiddos, all of which overlook Yuma's beautifully manicured east valley. More than just water fun, Waylon's and the adjacent Z Fun Factory serve up delicious food, beverages (including adult drinks), go-karts, mini-golf, and indoor arcade entertainment.
Risquè Band at Paradise Casino — Kicking off the holiday festivities an evening early, Risquè Band from Phoenix will perform throwback favorites across many different genres at Paradise Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Monday, July 3. After the music, try your luck with some gaming on more than 500 new and classic slot machines.
31st Annual Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony — Caballeros de Yuma invites the public to a truly patriotic ceremony, honoring all service members past and present. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 4 at Yuma Armed Forces Park, the free event includes a presentation of the colors and guest speakers from the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Coinciding with this event, Old Glory will also be raised upon the mast atop the Yuma water tower at Friendship Park.
A Star-Spangled Celebration — Yuma's take on 4th of July festivities combines traditional entertainment with fun water features to help the family keep cool throughout the evening. For just a dollar per person, attendees can enjoy dry and wet play areas, food eating competitions and games, a patriotic ceremony, and 20-minute fireworks display. Food and drink will also be available for purchase. Head on out to Desert Sun Stadium on the 4th beginning at 4 p.m. to join the party in a fun, family-friendly environment at the annual City of Yuma All American BBQ & Fireworks Spectacular. Also, help support the Yuma Community Food Bank with a non-perishable food item.
Fortunate Son at Cocopah Casino — Let freedom ring with the sounds of the ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival & John Fogerty tribute band on the lawn of Cocopah Casino! In addition to the great live music, there will be water slides for kids, food vendors, a beer garden, and fireworks display. This is a free event which begins at 6 p.m. on the 4th. After the show, stick around for some gaming at the casino or take the fun over to Wild River Family Entertainment Center.
Cocopah Speedway Demolition Derby — Just in case fireworks aren't enough, Cocopah Speedway presents its annual 4th of July Demolition Derby to help satiate your high octane lifestyle! Gates open at 5 p.m. with main ceremonies beginning at 7, waterless boat races at 7:30, and the demolition derby at 8:30. Cost is $10 per person (free for kids under 12).
Record-Breaking Fun — Yuma's sister city of Somerton will break its own record for Yuma County's largest water balloon fight, arming attendees with a total of 55,000 water balloons! Other entertainment includes live music, water slides, and a fireworks display to conclude the evening. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free. Event starts at 6 p.m. on the 4th at Council Avenue Park.
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