Locals can celebrate Independence Day with a daylong celebration tomorrow, including food, music and a laser light show.
The first Williams Hometown Fourth of July Celebration will take place on July 4 from about noon to 8 p.m. in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot, 200 Railroad Ave. Admission is free.
"We're really excited for the first time in many years to have a Hometown Fourth of July and to celebrate it in the ways that small towns all over the United States celebrate it," said organizer Connie Hiemenz.
The American Legion and the Williams Volunteer Fire Department will put on a barbecue at about 11 a.m. in the Visitor Center parking lot. The Legion will also play host to a horseshoe tournament at 11 a.m. at the Legion.
From about noon to 6:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy live entertainment, including the Dancing Divas, Southwest Skye Pipes and Drums, Williams Folklorico Dancers, Debbie Campbell, Greg Mendonca, Sherrill Kennelly, Kerry-Lynn Moede, Dennis Nelson and John Carpino.
After the stage performances, line dancing will take place until the laser show starts at about 8:30 p.m. on the stage. Epic Laser Company will put on the show.
"It's been a few years since we've had a fireworks show, and it's become more difficult to do with the fire danger and so forth," said organizer Dennis Nelson. "So this is the first time we've done one, and it's a little bit of an experiment. We want to see how this might work as an alternative to the fireworks."
Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, cotton candy, snow cones, and red, white and blue berry pies will be for sale.
Organizers also hope to offer a Kid Zone with face painting, a beanbag toss, rubber band shoot, ladder ball, balloon toss, pie eating, hula hoops, limbo, fortune telling and ice cream.
Organizers hope to make the Hometown Fourth of July Celebration an annual event.
"We just hope that all the locals come and join in and have a good time and eat and listen to the music," Hiemenz said.
More information is available from organizer Carol Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.