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Train Rides
Nevada State Railroad Museum
600 Yucca Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 486-5933
Passengers will be able to ride in refurbished enclosed air-conditioned/heated Pullman Coaches, which date to 1911. For the more adventurous passengers who wish to be closer to nature we offer an open-air coach and for passengers who need assistance boarding the train, we have an ADA/Handicapped coach with a lift for wheelchairs and passengers needing additional assistance.
Rides are available every Saturday and Sunday.
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           Have Fun & Be Safe
For a complete list of all the local events in and near Yuma, Arizona visit the Yuma Visitors Center. Events & Festivals. Dining, Hotels, Shopping, Business directories and more information for the area. A lot to see here!

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Have a Safe & Happy
4th of July!

   We'd like to thank all the viewers who have sent in events to help keep us updated, Thanks so much!
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Please be careful with campfires and fireworks!
Don't let this ruin
your holiday!

July 4th, 2017
Gila Valley 4th of July Parade
Location: Main St., Safford, AZ
Come join Gila Valley in celebrating the 4th of July 2017. An annual event in Safford AZ. on Main St.. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. with food and beverage vendors. Kids Bicycle Decorating Contest. At dusk, the annual fireworks display at Graham County Fairgrounds will begin.

July 4th, 2017
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration!
Location: Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others. A face painter will be available to brighten kids' faces. Free hot dogs, nachos, and lemonade. The "squirt-down" courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department will be the cooling grand finale. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from our local non-profit organizations. Park admission is FREE during the event. Time: 10 a.m. - Noon.

July 4th, 2017
Holbrook 4th of July Celebration!
Location: Homolovi State Park
Arizona 87, Winslow, AZ
Come join the 4th of July celebrations in Holbrook Arizona. This event includes the Pop Walk - 5K, Fun at the Park, bike parade at Hunt Park, Fireman's BBQ at noon and fireworks at Navajo County Complex. The drive to Holbrook, Arizona is approximately 40 minutes, via I-40 East.

July 4th, 2017
4th of July Celebration in Yuma!
Location: Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
201 N 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ
The City of Yuma's biggest 4th of July celebration lights up Desert Sun Stadium! This amazing family event will include picnic style food, pie eating contests, entertainment, fun water features, and of course for the grand finale....a fireworks display!
Bring a non-perishable food item to support the Yuma Community Food Bank. Entry fee is only $1.
Time: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

July 4th, 2017
Fireworks Over the Lake!
Location: Thompson Bay, Lake Havasu City, AZ
After the sun goes down, watch the sky light up over Thompson Bay with fellow boaters, beach-goers and tailgaters. Get to your viewing location early and celebrate the magic and wonder of this Fourth of July fireworks spectacular, or spend the day on the water and tie up with your fellow boaters in Thompson Bay to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your boat.
Please note, officials are reminding pet owners to please keep pets at home and in a secure location. More pets are lost during July 4th than any other day of the year. Time: 9:00 pm. Admission Price: Free.

July 7th - July 9th, 2017
Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Fair
Location: Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex
1101 N. Woodland Rd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
Medieval Mayhem is your chance to escape the modern world. Take a step back in time, where a thousand years of history comes to life. Fun for the entire family. You`ll find a little of everything at this faire. This event offers Food, Music, Sword fighting, Goods, Wares and a lot of entertainment. Set in the beautiful Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex in Pinetop~Lakeside, Arizona. Approximately a half hour drive southeast of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. For More Info: Click Here

July 8th, 2017
Full Moon Kayaking Trip
Location: Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
1st and North Gila Streets, Yuma, AZ
Bring your binoculars along on this trip! You'll be amazed by all that can be seen so clearly in the night sky as you kayak the Colorado River. This trip is open to participants ages 18+. Begins and ends at Gateway Park. For registration and more information contact City of Yuma Parks and Recreation at (928) 373-5200 Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

July14th & 15th, 2017
26th Annual Cornfest
Location: Downtown Camp Verde, Camp Verde, AZ
Come enjoy this event with the entire family. Featuring lots of fresh roasted Hauser sweet corn, lots of vendors, craft fair, food, area museums, music, lots of family fun, and games for the kids. Activities also include the Corn Hole Competition, River Rafting Adventures and Birding Excursions. Historical sites and Fort Verde Historical State Park (an authentic, original 1870s military fort). This event takes place in Downtown Camp Verde. Approximately 30 minute drive south from Dead Horse State Park.
For More Info: Click Here

July 23rd, 2017
Agave Nectar, Nopalitos and a Taste of Desert Edibles with Jim Shepherd!
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few 'desert edible' samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Time: 8:00am.

July 29th, 2017
Bat Night
Location: Oracle State Park
3820, Wildlife Dr., Oracle, AZ
Bat Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kannally Ranch House for a 30-minute PowerPoint introduction to the bats of Arizona. The talk will be followed by an optional netting event excursion. The remote netting site will require an easy one-mile roundtrip trail hike. However, participants should be prepared for walking on non-level park trail, in the dark with the help of flashlights and ranger guide. Research Ecologist and Regional Manager for Arizona Game and Fish, Joel Diamond, Ph.D., is back by popular demand for this evening program to learn more about bats and get up close and personal to some of the flying mammal species living in our neighborhood. Please call for a reservation, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission. Bring your own flashlight! Time: 7:30 p.m.

July 30th, 2017
Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ
Learn how to pick a peck o' prickly pears, remove the spines and turn the bright red fruits into tasty jelly, ice cream - or margaritas. Opuntia expert Robert Lewis leads his audience for a short walk, and demonstrates proven techniques for picking and de-spining cactus fruit. Then Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering, offer their unique cactus cuisine with a culinary demonstration - with their audience invited so sample fresh cactus snacks, until supplies run out. Time: 11:00am.

July 4th, 2017
4th of July Celebration Fireworks after Sunset!
520 South Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, CA
Come out and enjoy the live music of country band Amarillo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Knights of Columbus will serve hamburgers and drinks. The Lions Club will serve hot dogs, chili dogs, Frito boats, corn on the cob, ice cream sandwiches, assorted candy, cotton candy, soda and water. Friends of the Fair will serve watermelon and beer, and The Shaved Ice Shack will also be available at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

July 4th, 2017
20th Annual Fireworks Spectacular
Location: Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark
2800 Mayor Katy Pkwy; Barstow, CA
A fun day & evening to celabrate the 4th of July.
Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

July 27th - 30th, 2017
Jeepers Jamboree!
Location: Rubicon Trail, CA
Jeepers and Jeep Jamboree are fully supported off road trips through the famous Rubicon Trail in Northern, California.
Jeep Jamboree is only a 3 day trip and is geared for families. Jeep Jamboree has a Camp Rubicon educational program for kids 6 - 16 years of age. Jeep Jamboree has fewer vehicles and provides live entertainment. For More Info: Click Here

July 4th, 2017
4th Of July Fireworks Display
Location: Eagle Nest Lake State Park
42 Marina Way Eagle Nest, NM
4th Of July Fireworks Display Sponsored by Eagle Nest Chamber Of Commerce.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Mark Sullivan (575)377-1594
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

July 4th, 2017
Location: Sumner Lake State Park
32 Lakeview Lane, Sumner Lake, NM

The Lake Sumner Fire Department is putting on a Fireworks display to celebrate July 4, 2017. The event will start at 9:00 PM and go until the last firework has been shot off. Visitors arriving after 6:00 PM will not have to pay the Park Entrance Fee for the event. If they decide to stay after the event they will have to pay the Park Camping Fees. Visitors arriving before 6:00 PM will have to pay the Park Entrance Fee. Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

July 8th, 2017
Full Moon Walk
Location: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
1504 Miehls Drive N., Carlsbad, NM

Visitors stroll through the zoo with trained tour guides by the light of the full moon. This is a beautiful time to experience the park. You may even hear the wolves howl! Registrations are required. Call (575) 887-5516. Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

July 8th, 2017
Bird Walk
Location: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria Rd., NW Albuquerque, NM
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information. Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Fees: Regular Entrance Fee. Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240

July 1st, 2017
Old Fashioned Fourth of July!
Location: Fort Churchill State Historic Park
(Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection on Highway 95A at 10000 Highway 95A, Silver Springs, NV)
Celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way with traditional games, homemade toys and crafts, sweet treats from the 1800s and live music performed by the Reno Schnitzels Oompah Band. Activities for all ages will include: sack races, three-legged races, quoits (ring toss), bean bag toss, watermelon seed spitting contest and hand-cranked ice cream. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the park. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. COST: Park entrance fees apply, $5.00 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $7.00 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors (cash or check only). There is no additional cost to participate in the event.

July 1st & July 4th, 2017
Rockets Over The River Fireworks Display!
Location: In the sky above the river at the Laughlin casinos, NV
Fees/Admission: FREE Time: 9:30 pm

July 4th, 2017
Rockets Over the Red Mesa!
Location: Eureka Casino Resort 275 Mesa Blvd. Mesquite, NV
THE NEVADA POPS ORCHESTRA SALUTES AMERICAN HEROES WITH CONCERT AND FIREWORKS IN MESQUITE Free event will be held on Independence Day at Eureka Casino Resort MESQUITE, Nev. - Eureka Casino Resort is proud to continue the tradition of "Rockets Over the Red Mesa" on Tuesday, July 4th. The Nevada POPS Orchestra will return for the 6th year with the full 32-piece orchestra performing songs saluting American heroes. Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. MDT For More Info: Click Here

July 22nd, 2017 to July 23rd, 2017
Paranormal Investigation and Campout!
Location: Mormon Station State Historic Park
2295 Main St, Genoa, NV
Join park staff for an evening of fun, history and the paranormal. This experience includes camping, a Dutch oven dinner and a paranormal investigation. Participants will have the chance to experience the park and its history through the eyes of a paranormal investigator, contacting and communicating with the land and it's past inhabitants in an "up close and personal" experience. This program is limited to 8 participants and registration is required. Please call 775-782-2590 to register. Spots are available on a first come first serve basis. This program is intended for ages 15 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All events are free and all ages are welcome. Mormon Station is located 20 minutes south of Carson City via Hwy 395, about one hour south of Reno and approximately 20 minutes from South Lake Tahoe via Hwy 207.

July 26th, 2017
Scorpion Hunt!
Location: Washoe Lake State Park Equestrian Area
(Take Exit 44 from I-580 and drive north approximately four miles on Eastlake Blvd. The park entrance is on your left. Turn right past the fee booth, pass the campground, and take a short gravel road to the equestrian parking lot.)
Join park staff for a short presentation about scorpions, followed by a "hunt" for scorpions using black lights. Participants should wear sturdy, close-toed shoes (no sandals, please), and bring a flashlight and/or a black light if possible. Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. COST: $7 per car; there is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Cash or check only.

July 1st, 2017 - July 4th, 2017
City of St. George Independence Day Celebration!
Location: Town Square 50 South Main Street, St. George, UT
Join the City of St. George for the Independence Day Celebration! This family friendly event is on Tuesday, July 4th and will be a day full of fun, games and activities. A carnival, vendors, games, contests, 4k race, parade, inflatables, water games and fireworks are just some of the fun that will be there. We can not wait to see you there!
Time: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm

July 4th, 2017
Independence Day Celebration!
Location: Main Street Park, Cedar City, UT
Parade at 9:00 am followed by activities in the Main Street Park until 2:00 pm. For information call 435-463-5501 or 435-559-4877 (Lions). Admission is FREE. Fireworks generally start between 9:45 and 10 pm. Come watch fireworks at Lund Highway and 1600 N. Park along Lund Highway, Aviation Way or Airport Road.

July 8th, 2017
20th Annual Rotary July Jamboree!
Location: Historic Downtown Main Street
Cedar City, Utah
You're invited to join us July 8, 2017 for the 20th annual Rotary July Jamboree from 3 to 9 p.m. on historic downtown Main Street in Cedar City, featuring live local bands The Clique and Full Tilt Boogie, vendors from the community, a beer garden, great food, an American Ninja Warrior course, a bouncy house, beautiful classic cars, and new this year, a display of semi-trucks. It's an unforgettable event for the whole family with activities for all ages and free to the public. Come experience the best of what our community has to offer!
For More Info: Click Here

July 8th, 2017
12th Annual Cedar Breaks National Monument Wildflower Festival!
Location: Cedar Breaks National Monument
21 miles east of Cedar City off Hwy 148 (via Hwy U-14)
Participate in guided hikes at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm which focuses on the wildflowers, how to identify them, and much more.
Cedar Breaks National Monument: 435-586-0787

July 12th - 15th, 2017
Midsummer Renaissance Faire!
Location: Main Street Park
200 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT
The festival known as the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire has a long-standing tradition of fun, excitement, and great memories. For over 30 years, people from around the world have gathered in Cedar City, Utah to be a part of these festivities. We invite you to come and be a part of our wonderful world. Come take a look at our magnificent renaissance history and lifestyle that surrounds these festive traditions.
Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm