Fourth of July fireworks will light up the sky tonight

Today we will celebrate America's birthday. Even though July 4 falls on a Wednesday, there are many activities available in Williams today. An old-time tractor show, art of America show, pancake breakfast, pony rides, a chili dogs and ice cream social, free swim, parade and fireworks are just a few activities open to all.

The theme of this year's parade is "America's Past and Present." The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Route 66. The parade will begin with the Arizona Skyhawk Free Fall skydivers who will land downtown. We welcome the grand marshals of our parade, the Havasupai Tribal Council.

Up until a few days ago, our fireworks display had been cancelled due to fire danger. However, an alternative launching site was suggested - the city of Williams Wastewater Treatment Plant off Airport Road. The Williams Volunteer Fire Department will ignite the fireworks after 9 p.m. Our fireworks display has become a northern Arizona favorite. Hats off to the men and women of the WVFD that spend the holiday away from friends and family so that we all can enjoy a fireworks show. Your sacrifice is appreciated.

The staff at the News wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. However, we encourage everyone to celebrate safely. If you drink, don't drive. And leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy the show. Create great memories that can be shared for years to come.

Travelers enjoy Williams

A California family visiting the Grand Canyon recently became stranded when their RV broke down. The family was referred to Jimmy Walker of Perfection Automotive. Jimmy looked over their RV and got them back on the road. After arriving safely home in California, the father of the family shared the following e-mail with the News staff:

"I asked the boys at dinner last night what the best things were on their trip. All three (14, 12 and 10) said the same thing. The fossil walk at the Grand Canyon, and the pancakes at a café in Williams. I asked them what café and they said that they thought it was called the Route 66 Café, and they could see a train out the window. You can't ask for a better recommendation for pancakes than that. So if they have the name correct, and you know the people there, be sure to tell them."

The café was Goldie's Route 66 Diner. Hats off to the crew at Goldie's and Jimmy Walker! The tourists are saying great things about you. Keep doing what you are doing,

Phyllis is retiring

Our long-time Parks correspondent, Phyllis Angliss-Rosso, said "Goodbye" to us last week. Phyllis has decided to retire. Phyllis began compiling the Parks news in 1993. She stopped briefly a few years back when she moved to Flagstaff, but couldn't stay away. Happy retirement, Phyllis. You will be missed.

In the meantime, if anyone has news from Parks, please contact us at (928) 635-4426 or e-mail your news to editorial@williamsnews.com.

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