Prescott Hose Cart Races



July 7, 2024
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Event Duration

100 block of S. Cortez 

 Limited parking is available street-side around the Courthouse plaza, or take advantage of the ample parking at the City of Prescott Parking Garage



Bring a chair, a towel, sunscreen, and the whole family!  Prepare for a rollicking morning of water games, competition, family, fire engines, and lots of laughs.  Kids are encouraged to come in swimwear and play in the water.  A variety of food and beverages (and shopping - come visit our booth in front of the courthouse right across from the hose cart races!) are available on the courthouse square, as well. 

You don’t want to miss this!


This annual event takes place every 4th of July in downtown Prescott, AZ. The event consists of two different competitions. The Hose Cart Races and Bucket Brigades.

In the Hose Cart Race, competitors wheel historic hose carts from the start line to a water source. Once there, contestants hook up to a hydrant and supply a nozzle, then take aim at the opposing team’s cone. The first team to knock over the cone with their fire stream wins that event.

The Bucket Brigade simulates fire suppression in the days before fire apparatus. Competitors move water from a static source to a 55 gallon drum. The first team to fill the drum wins the event.



  • $50 per team entry fee
  • Max of 14 teams between hose cart race and bucket brigade. Events will alternate throughout the day.
  • First come, first served registration
  • Registrants must have a fire department affiliation
  • Registration due by June 21, 2024
  • The winning teams in each event will have their names placed with the traveling trophy to display until the next year’s competition.
  • Release of liability form required to participate. This is an inherently dangerous event due to the athletic requirements.


  1. Choose your team of 5 and select one member as the team captain.  Teams must be affiliated with a fire department (event participation is not open to the general public).
  2. Choose a team name.
  3. Sign up HERE. 
  4. PAY your entry fee.
  5. TEAM CAPTAINS! Please have your players print, sign, and bring their waiver form (link will automatically download form) to check-in on the morning of the event.  Waivers will be required prior to competing.  Blank waivers will also be available at check-in.
  6. Show up, check-in, and have fun!






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