A quick glance at this week's "Out of the past" on Page 2 shows that fireworks have been a tradition in Williams for many years. It looks like fireworks on July 4 might be an event we have lost. Conditions remain dry this time of the year. And Williams has outgrown fireworks - there's simply no safe place to ignite them.
There's still plenty to do in Williams on Friday in honor of Independence Day. Our local merchants will have the opportunity to have sidewalk sales and a business-decorating contest.
The chili dog and ice cream social, which benefits the Williams Ministerial Association, will be held 3-4 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church. Come early as the delicious homemade ice cream runs out fast.
Cool off with a free swim at the Williams Aquatic Center from 1-4 p.m. The Williams Rotary Club is hosting a barbecue at the Visitor Center parking lot 3-6 p.m. Bring the entire family for hamburgers, hot dogs and games for the kids.
Parade organizers are hoping to beat the large numbers that came out for last year's parade, which boasted 52 entries that involved more than 270 individuals. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will cruise along Route 66. This year's theme is "Faces of Freedom."
The Northern Arizona Antique Tractor and Engine Association is returning and will display their tractors on Second Street Friday and Saturday. The tractors will appear in the parade, too.
A fundraiser for Ellie Krombeen, who will attend the Miss Teen USA competition later this year, will be offered at 11 a.m. July 4-6 in the Williams Police Department parking lot, 501 W. Route 66. Food and drinks will be sold.
There's something for everyone, but let's not forget the reason behind celebrating the Fourth of July - our nation's independence. We should never take our independence for granted. Instead, take a moment to pray for those fighting for our nation's independence not just on Friday, but every day. Have fun on the Fourth, but do so safely.