WILLIAMS, Ariz. - With Independence Day on Friday, Williams has several events planned throughout the day for the whole family. A parade, barbecue, swimming and ice cream are all on tap.
Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Darlene Bitter said Williams has several long-standing Fourth of July events.
"Williams is a small town and there's so many entities that are putting on events that gives it the real hometown feeling, to be able to attend all of these things," Bitter said. "So I think it's really neat to include the traditions in the hometown Fourth of July celebrations."
The day kicks off with a mission fundraiser at Family Harvest Church, 220 S. Seventh St. The event will include barbecue, chicken on a stick, hot dogs, sno-cones, drinks, a bounce house, balloon toss, cupcake walk and watermelon-eating contest. More information is available at (928) 635-5208.
Then from noon to 4 p.m., the community is invited to a free swim and free lunch at the Williams Aquatic Center on Railroad Avenue. The event will include hot dogs, door prizes and games. Lunch will be available from noon until 2 p.m. The Friends of the Williams Aquatic Center is sponsoring the event. More information is available at (928) 635-3005.
From 1 to 6 p.m. the community Fourth of July event will take place in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot. At 1 p.m. the 13th annual community prayer will take place. From 2 to 6 p.m. people can enjoy food, games and crafters. More information is available at (928) 635-0273.
At 4 p.m., the Community United Methodist Church will put on its annual ice cream social. The event is at 127 W. Sherman Ave. More information is available at (928) 635-2511.
The day culminates with the Hometown Fourth of July parade, which will take place on Route 66 at 6:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Pride in Our Past...Faith in Our Future." To represent that theme, the parade's grand marshals will be the class of the 1980s reunion class and recent Williams High School graduates and scholarship recipients.
Organizers expect about 40 entries to participate in the parade, from floats, equestrian entries, walking groups, antique cars, bikes, tractors and emergency vehicles.