KAYENTA, Ariz. - Kayenta spares no expense for its Fourth of July celebration with activities including games, parades, fireworks, rodeos and live music. The festival culminates on Saturday, July 6.
The whole community comes together for the event and with many activities every day there is something for everyone.
On Saturday, July 6, there are two huge all day events worth seeing.
The music festival starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. at the Kayenta Recreation Park. The festival features The Plateros, the Jir Project Band, Twang Deluxe, Chuckie Begay & The Mother Earth Blues Band, Pax Harvey and a special guest.
Also on Saturday at the recreation park, Field Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can experience dunk tanks, trampolines, tire races, grandma's purse race, a balloon toss, a tug-o-war, horse races, foot races, a watermelon eating contest and plenty more.
In the evenings of each night from July 3-6, the all-Indian rodeo takes place with a dance after and fireworks on the evenings of July 4 and July 6.
The Fourth of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Thursday right down Kayenta Main Street (U.S. 163) with free entry for non-political affiliates. The grand prize award is $500, second prize is $400, and the third place prize is $300. The theme is "honoring traditions yesterday, today and tomorrow."
At the same time at the Monument Valley High School student activity center is the Navajo Song and Dance Contest beginning at 10 a.m.
On Friday, women's basketball and team roping take place at 9 a.m. with enough time to head to the 11th Annual Kayenta Pow Wow featuring gourd dancing at 2 p.m. Then later that evening, the Pow Wow Grand Entry takes place at 7 p.m.
More activities on Saturday include steer wrestling at 9 a.m., the youth dummy roping championship at 9 a.m. and men's basketball tournament at 9 a.m. More Pow Wow gourd dancing takes place at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission is free to all events.
More information about exact schedules and location of events is available at kayentatownship.net or (928) 697-8451.