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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 3:30 pm

Arizona is counting down the months and days to its 100th birthday on Feb. 14, 2012, with activities, projects and events to reflect the state’s cultures and regions. To learn more about the Arizona Centennial, visit

• June 7 – July 31. Stamping Through Arizona (Show Low). Sponsored by the Show Low Historical Society, students stamp their way through Arizona History in this youth program that chronicles Arizona from the early 1400s to the present. Emphasis is on 1800-1900 when Arizona was a territory and fledgling state. Information:

• June 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arizona Pioneers’ Home 100th Birthday (Prescott). The Pioneers’ Home celebrates its own centennial year in 2011 with a series of educational open houses.

• June 24 and 25. Scottsdale 60th Birthday Party. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, two-day celebration on the 60th anniversary of Scottsdale. Event includes a “cowboy campfire,” Mayor/Council Breakfast Birthday Party, speakers reminiscing about early Scottsdale, music, food, historic displays and children’s activities. Information:

• July 1. Light Up the Sky (Phoenix). At Maryvale Baseball Park, this annual community event celebrates the country’s birthday alongside the Arizona Centennial and Merle Lewis who will celebrate a 100th birthday at the event. Includes fireworks.

• July 1 and 2. Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom (Mesa). A 2-day free celebration of America’s freedom and independence culminating with a salute to America and celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday. Special readings and stories about Arizona’s founding.

• July 2–4. The Making of America: Our Way (Eagar). Presented by the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Round Valley School District Auditorium. Patriotic citizens will have an opportunity to understand the Constitution and hear how Arizona became the 48th state. $10.

• July 4. 4th of July All American Festival & Centennial Celebration (Peoria). Peoria Sports Complex. $5.

• July 4. FreedomFest 2011- Arizona Centennial (Show Low). Show Low hosts one of the largest Independence Day events in the state. Includes parade, concert, field day games and fireworks at Show Low High School outdoor sports facility. Free.

• July 4. Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix (Phoenix). At Steele Indian School Park, this Independence Day celebration features three stages of entertainment and one of the largest firework displays in the Southwest. Free.

• July 15 and 16. White Mountain Round Up (Lakeside). Blue Ridge High School.

• July 16. City of Phoenix Back to School and Health Fair (Phoenix). Presented by Latino Institute. At Desert Sky Mall, this annual event features over 50 information tables on education, school and lifestyle for families. Free backpacks with school supplies and free haircuts for children. Entertainment and discussion sessions, free immunizations, health screenings, mammograms, prostrate checks, dental, vision screenings and more. Free.

• July 21–24. Lori Piestewa National Native American Games (Fort McDowell Indian Reservation). A showcase for the talents and aspirations for America’s Native American athletes regardless of age or ability.

• Aug. 19–21. The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo (Payson). The 128th rodeo takes place at Payson Event Center.

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