Flagstaff turns into a cultural mecca for Independence Day Weekend. It’s like the whole town is hosting a giant festival of various activities in different venues. There are parades, festivals, art fairs, many concerts, fireworks and fun to be had all around. It helps also that Flagstaff has beautiful summer weather this time of year, right as monsoon season is ready to start.

The big Independence Day Weekend begins with First Friday ArtWalk. This Friday evening, downtown Flagstaff will be bustling as galleries and businesses showing new art by local artists. Catch the guide for the event here.

The festivities continue with great cultural events throughout the weekend. The following is a listing of the weekend highlights. You can catch more events at Flagstaff365.com.

NEWFichotHopi Festival of Arts & CultureJuly 2-3 at Museum of Northern Arizona – features performances and art fair featuring the finest Hopi artists. The festival is in its 83rd year.

Jessica Fichot in Concert (pictured) – July 2 at the Arboretum at Flagstaff – is located in the most picturesque, perfect afternoon picnic concert setting in all the southwest.

Flagstaff Art in the ParkJuly 2-4 at Wheeler Park in downtown – features dozens of quality artists showing and selling their art.

4th of July ParadeJuly 4 in downtown Flagstaff – is the ideal small town American parade for Independence Day Weekend.

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra concertJuly 4 at Pepsi Amphitheatre – features a free outdoor symphonic concert for the whole family. It’s basically perfect.

FIREWORKS! Lights on the LawnJuly 4 at Oakmont – is Flagstaff’s fireworks spectacular (and full day of activities) that caps an absolutely perfect weekend.

From all of us at the Flagstaff Arts Council, we wish you and yours a fun, art-filled and safe holiday weekend. Remember to support local artists!

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4th of July Parade in downtown Flagstaff