July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, which is a great opportunity to extend your weekend and spend time in the amazing state parks across the state. Even if you only have a couple days, there are still holiday activities and fun ways to explore.

If you’re looking for scenic hideaway along the Colorado River for camping, swimming, fishing and boating, check out River Island State Park. This west coast park has fun activities for the whole family, and there are still lots of camping spots available – whether you prefer a tent or RV.

At a higher elevation with more than 1,200 acres to explore, Lyman Lake State Park offers boating, water-skiing, fishing, hiking and camping. Plus, this beautiful park has air-conditioned cabins available for those who are looking for a little more glamor in their camping experience.

As you celebrate our nation’s birthday, learn about some of the original residents of Arizona with a visit to Homolovi State Park. This park offers a peek into the past lives of the Hopi people through ruins, exhibits and a museum as well as camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing for visitors.

For traditional Fourth of July activities, try camping in one of these state parks near

towns with fireworks, parades and other holiday fun. Kartchner Caverns is also offering discounted cave tours for Arizona residents in celebration of being recognized as the “Best Arizona Attraction!”

•Benson – Kartchner Caverns State Park
•Cottonwood – Dead Horse Ranch State Park
•Eloy – Picacho Peak State Park
•Safford – Roper Lake State Park
•Lake Havasu City – Lake Havasu State Park and Cattail Cove State Park
•Tombstone – Kartchner Caverns State Park
•Tubac – Patagonia Lake State Park
•Tucson – Catalina State Park
Visit our events page to learn more about the fun and find out how to make camping or cabin reservations today.