You’ll want to be sure to get in on all the activities and events, so here’s a schedule to help you out.
At 7:30 PM head out to the World's Oldest Rodeo® at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Unfortunately, if you don’t have your tickets yet, you might be out of luck. According to their website, performances are entirely sold out until Monday’s matinee at 1:30.
No tickets? Darn. But no worries, there’s still plenty to do. The Rodeo Dance starts at 8 PM and continues until 1 AM at the BMO Harris Bank Parking lot on 303 N. Montezuma, in downtown Prescott.
Arrive somewhere between 7-10 AM at the 1st Congregational Church on the corner of Gurley and Alarcon, and you can score a delicious pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, sausages, egg patties, oj and coffee. Cost is just $6 per person, with children under 10 eating for free. Plus it’s for a great cause, as the proceeds benefit the Prescott Community Cupboard food bank.
Hopefully you weren’t out too late on Friday night, because the Prescott Frontier Days Parade starts early at 9 AM. You’ll want to arrive early, however, because it’s the 2nd largest parade in the state, and it can be tough to find parking. Bring a chair, water and a hat. Don’t forget the camera!
This year’s theme is, “Let your voice be heard… Vote, it’s the American Way!” Tanya Tucker will be the Grand Marshal. (She will also sing the National Anthem at the 7:30 performance of the World’s Oldest Rodeo.)
An afternoon matinee for the World's Oldest Rodeo® will take place starting at 1:30. The matinees are great, because everything is easy to see in the daylight.
Throughout the day on July 2, 3 and 4th, you can meander through the vendors set up on the square during the Courthouse Plaza Arts & Crafts Show.
There is an evening Rodeo performance at 7:30.
Saturday night, the Zona Band will once again entertain you during the Rodeo Dance at the BMO parking lot.
Ready to move up the street a little? There is also a Whiskey Row Street Dance BBQ & Brews on the Row from 5 PM - 12 AM. That takes place in downtown Prescott, and includes an opportunity to enjoy a Beer Garden ($5). Again, this is for a great cause, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona.
Sunday morning, July 3, is the very special, harken-back-to-the-ol’-west-circuit-days, Cowboy Church. It’s open to the public, and it’s a sweet old-fashioned time of fellowship with rodeo fans and participants alike.
For the rest of the day on Sunday, pull out your walking about change, and wander through the Courthouse Plaza Arts & Crafts Show and relax a bit.
Sunday evening, there is another Rodeo performance at 7:30 sharp!
Monday is July 4th, and it’s packed with events, too.
The Rodeo Queen coronation takes place at 12 noon. It’s a great time to see these young ladies achieve their dream at such a young age. It is said that the Rodeo Royalty are the Ambassadors of the sport, and it is very true that they work quite hard to represent the community with grace and skill.
Right after that is the last performance of the World's Oldest Rodeo®. It starts at 1:30 PM and will close out the bucking and riding for 2016.
This year the town can gather in their favorite meeting place - downtown at the Square - and celebrate the 4th of July together. Look for inflatables, live bands, 8 food trucks, beer gardens, a mechanical bull and more. What about fireworks? Yep! Off the roof of the downtown parking garage for all to see and enjoy. Gates will open at noon, and the fireworks begin at 9 PM.