Prescott’s “World’s Oldest Rodeo” and Independence Day Celebrations

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Well, it’s one of Prescott’s favorite times of year again… Rodeo time!

A lot of us were holding our breath there for a little while, afraid the Rodeo might get postponed, or cancelled altogether due to COVID-19. Thankfully, however, that didn’t happen!

Rodeo and Fourth of July festivities begin Monday, June 29th at 7:30PM and will commence on Sunday, July 5th at 10:00PM.

With the Rodeo comes a carnival and of course greasy delicious carnival foods, which hopefully will both be happening this year and not cancelled because of COVID-19. There will also be various festivals and events going on around downtown to celebrate Independence Day, including the Fireworks show Saturday night (read more below).

Here’s some more information about the Rodeo from the city of Prescott:

Known as Prescott’s most anticipated event of the year, the World’s Oldest Rodeo is robustly respected among professional rodeos throughout the United States and across the world. Each year, Prescott celebrates the traditions stemming from generations of rodeo families who have competed in this rodeo since the beginning. Even today, families of past generations are living among us in this great community. Tradition is a huge part of what makes this rodeo special and unique.

The World’s Oldest Rodeo is traditional as many of the original activities that were part of the “Cowboy Contest” are still held today such as; the grand entry formation (serpentine style), wild horse race, and cowpuncher’s bronc riding. Team ropers have used the same box and the same stock contractor (Harry Vold Rodeo Company) has supported the rodeo for 47 years. Keeping up with tradition, Mr. Randy Corley has been the rodeo announcer for 38 years.

Join us! Tickets and information are available at or call the rodeo office at 928-445-3103.

And, if you’re interested in the Fourth of July Fireworks show, here’s all the information you need to know for that afternoon:

Attendance Limited: Pre-Purchase Highly Recommended for tickets.

July 4th | Watson Lake | 3pm-9:30pm

108th US Army Band | Food Vendors | Beer Garden


Unlimited Inflatables Pass for Kids includes General Admission:
Pre-sale: $20
Day of Event: $25
General Admission: $10

Sealed water bottles permitted. Park water fountains will be open. Water for sale at the
event for $1 from Prescott Friends of Scouting.

Food Vendors: Chef Shax • Momo Korean Kitchen • Papa Nachos • Safari Samosas • Cleveland Corn Beef • Papa Johns • Bikini Bottom Ice Cream • Old Grind Taco Truck • Wild West Kettle Corn and Lemonade

A portion of the proceeds benefit Prescott Friends of Scouting

What to Bring/Not to Bring: COVID-19: Please bring your own PPE and Hand Sanitizer. Bring your own chair or blanket. No coolers, no canopies, no backpacks, open tote bags okay, no outside liquids, no outside food or drink, no BBQs, no animals, no firearms, no outside fireworks. Lake is closed for the event. Blankets encouraged. All bags are subject to search. Please bring a flashlight to navigate after the fireworks show

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