Williams Independence Day parade kicks off at 4 p.m. July 4

Happy Independence Day! Miss Kathleen Raye on her father’s (Walt Eastland)1947 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail Aircraft at the Williams Clark Memorial Airport. Photo/Saaty Photography

Happy Independence Day! Miss Kathleen Raye on her father’s (Walt Eastland)1947 Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail Aircraft at the Williams Clark Memorial Airport. Photo/Saaty Photography

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to the 2012 Fourth of July Parade today on Route 66. The theme of this year's parade is "Celebrate America's Spirit." Attendees can expect to see an assortment of entries all celebrating what makes America great.

The parade kicks off at 4 p.m. at the corner of Ninth Street and Route 66 ending at Pine Street. The line up starts at 3 p.m.

Show your spirit and come out to support your community.

Ice Cream Social

The Community United Methodist Church will also host their traditional ice cream social today at 1 p.m. While ice cream will not be served prior to 1 p.m., it is recommended that connoisseurs arrive shortly thereafter to guarantee a taste of genuine, homemade, smooth and chilly ice cream. Donations are requested and proceeds assist the Williams Ministerial Association.

Fourth of July Prayer

The 11th Annual Fourth of July Prayer will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Babbitt Polson Stage in the Visitor Center parking lot. Everyone is welcome.

Historic Steam Train Rides

Fueled by waste vegetable oil, Grand Canyon Railway is taking steam power into the 21st century while preserving historic trains and the environment. Steam excursions for the Railway's regular 65-mile journey from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and back will be running in celebration of Independence Day. Another departure will be Sept. 15 in honor of the Railway's anniversary. No advance reservations are available. Tickets will be sold at the Williams Depot. For more information, call (800) THE-TRAIN or visit TheTrain.com.

The Grand Canyon Railway and Resort also offers a three star hotel, state-of-the-art RV Park with 124 spaces and full hookups and cable and a Pet Resort.

For more information on Williams' July 4 events, contact the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at (928) 635-0273.

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