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Fourth of July weekend offers plenty to do around Kingman

The city of Kingman will be handing out glow sticks and taking a photo in front of the courthouse Saturday night for the “America’s Best Communities” competition. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

The city of Kingman will be handing out glow sticks and taking a photo in front of the courthouse Saturday night for the “America’s Best Communities” competition. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

KINGMAN - With Independence Day falling on a Saturday, groups around town are putting together a well-rounded slate of events for residents and families. Monsoon weather is always a possibility, but with temperatures slightly cooler and the forecast sunny, this year's holiday is set to be a pleasant one.

The following is a summary of regional 4th of July events:

• Valle Vista Fourth of July Fireworks and Golf Tournament - 7 a.m. to Dusk, Valle Vista Country Club, 9686 N. Concho Drive

The Valle Vista July Fourth "Blast" Committee holds their 14th Annual Independence Day celebration in Valle Vista. Events are stacked throughout the day leading up to the fireworks show.

Children's games and face painting will be held at the Country Club starting at 4 p.m. and running through the evening. Music starts at 3 p.m., and food will be served at the Valle Vista clubhouse kitchen all day long.

The golf tournament is set for an 8 a.m. tee-off, with registration ending at 7 a.m. Participants can sign up by calling the pro shop at (928) 757-8744. Registration is $40 for members and $55 for non-members.

This year's tournament will feature a new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition truck as the hole-in-one prize on 16, donated by Findlay Motors in Bullhead City.

The evening will conclude with a 45-minute fireworks show presented by Round Eye Pyrotechnics of Lake Havasu City. The show will take place on the driving range at the Country Club. People are encouraged to bring their own seating and enjoy the show after dark.

• The 4th of July Block Party Celebration starts at 6 p.m. on Spring Street, in front of the Mohave County Courthouse

The city of Kingman is hosting the party, offering free hot dogs, watermelon and soft drinks available at the City Complex, as well as music and entertainment from DJ Art Steirs with LA Sounds.

At dusk, glow sticks and flags will be handed out to the crowd and residents will be encouraged to participate in a group photo at the steps of the Courthouse for the "America's Best Communities" competition.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own fold-up chairs, as no seating will be provided.

In addition, a Free Swim Day runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Centennial and Downtown pools, hosted by the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department.

"We'll have games and prizes. I'm anticipating it'll be full," said Beth Matthews, recreation coordinator at the department.

Both snack bars will be open as well. Any child who can't swim must have an adult with them.

The department is also opening the tennis courts at Centennial for free use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on

• Chloride Soap Box Style Derby - 10 a.m., Yesterday's Restaurant on Tennessee Street in Chloride

John McNeely, owner of Yesterday's Restaurant in Chloride, has been hosting this race down the main street of Chloride for a little over a decade.

"They're soap box style racers. Anything with wheels and no engine," said McNeely. That even includes eccentric "vehicles" such as barstools.

The course starts down the main street and turns on Second Street in front of Yesterday's Restaurant.

A trophy is given out to the winner, and there will be other prizes and giveaways available.

Registration starts around 8:30 a.m. Participants can sign up beforehand by calling (928) 565-4251.

• Short Course Off Road Challenge and Mud Bogs - Noon to 6 p.m., Mohave County Fairgrounds

Cerbat Motosports is hosting another day of racing mud bogs at the Fairgrounds, along with a short course challenge, scramble cars, off road trucks, UTVs and quads. All ages are invited to participate, and spectators are expected to fill the stands once again this year.

"The last two years, we filled this place up with a couple thousand people. I'm hoping we still do OK, but we'll see," said Joe Weber, owner of Cerbat Motosports.

Gates to the grounds open at noon, with races starting at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $2.

For more information, contact Cerbat Motosports at (928) 279-6770 or visit their website at

• Praise Chapel Ice Cream Social/Car Show - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Praise Chapel, 419 Harrison Street

Praise Chapel will be hosting the Desert Cruisers Car Club for an ice cream social, car show and prize giveaway fundraiser to support kids programs put on by the church.

"We'll have ice cream, air conditioning inside the church to get out of the heat. It's a bunch of cars and motorcycles getting together," said Gary Marks, president of Desert Cruisers. Cars and motorcycles will be judged in 10 categories as well as a Passenger's Choice and City Manager's Choice, where Kingman City Manager John Dougherty picks the best vehicle.

The event is free to the public, and a vehicle can enter the show for a $10 donation.

To sign up for the show, or to get more information, contact Gary at (928) 530-5656 or Kathy at (928) 530-0608.

• 4 Mile Firecracker Frenzy - 7 a.m. Saturday, Lee William High School Track, 400 Grandview Ave.

The Lee Williams High School Cheerleading Squad is hosting a 4-mile Firecracker Frenzy run to support the cheerleading squad and to honor the memory of the fallen firefighters of the July 5, 1973, Doxol Disaster.

There will be a 1K Junior Run and a 4-mile run/walk, all starting and finishing on the Lee Williams High School track. The races start at 7 a.m.

Participants can register tonight at packet pick up, 5-9 p.m. at the LWHS Main Gym. The entry fee is $30, $20 for LWHS students, and $20 for youth 12 or under.

For more information, call (928) 279-2235.


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