Celebrate a classic Independence Day in Clarkdale, Arizona beginning the morning at the town's famous Children's Parade down Main Street, and enjoying the ice cream social in the park and a ride on a vintage firetruck, prior to moseying down to the Verde Canyon Railroad depot for their annual "Firecracker Express". Enjoy a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot's shaded courtyard from 11:00am-12:45pm and visit with our nation's symbol, a Bald Eagle from Liberty Wildlife's educational program. At 1:00pm the historic train, powered by vintage locomotives, pulls climate-controlled coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon. Celebrate America's birthday by riding under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows, seasonal celebrities on their mid-summer Canyon stage. The train returns in time for Cottonwood's dazzling fireworks display.