Williams celebrates Fourth of July

Parade attendees line Route 66 July 4. The parade had more than 50 entries this year.

Photo by Loretta Yerian.

Parade attendees line Route 66 July 4. The parade had more than 50 entries this year.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Residents and visitors joined together to celebrate Independence Day, July 4.

The town was a buzz with a variety of entertainment options throughout the day. A Carnival sponsored by the City of Williams was held at Cureton Park offering games, a watermelon eating contest, dunk tank, face painting and photo booth. A free swim was hosted by the Grand Canyon Deer Farm and Rod's Steakhouse at the Williams Aquatic Center and a variety show at the Babbitt-Polson Community Stage boasted traditional folklorico dancing, trick roping and musicians.

For those needing to cool down later in the afternoon, the Methodist Church offered an old-time ice cream social with a myriad of flavors to chose from. The American Legion held a barbeque and horseshoe tournament and at 5:30 p.m the community gathered for prayer. Bob Dunagan kicked off the parade at 6 p.m. with more than 50 floats and entries.

At 9 p.m. the community enjoyed its first fireworks show in 10 years.

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