WILLIAMS, Ariz. — July 4 in Williams is set to be larger than life this year, with numerous activities scheduled throughout the day.
Beginning at 11 a.m., visitors and residents can enjoy a community prayer and a VFW barbecue at the Visitor Center parking lot at 200 W. Railroad Ave.
At noon, the Williams Aquatic Center is hosting a free Fourth of July swim until 4 p.m.
The traditional old-time ice cream social begins at 1 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church at 127 W. Sherman St.
Antique tractors are already setting up and can be seen on Second Street and Route 66 by the Williams Tractor Group through July 4.
Because of the diligence of many community volunteers, the Fourth of July parade returns this year and begins at 6 p.m. on Route 66. See dozens of patriotic floats, walkers, animals and other exciting entries cruise downtown Williams.
Hundreds of parade watchers are anticipated, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.
Northwoods Church at 100 N. Pinecrest Trail is hosting a barbecue beginning early in the afternoon. The church is encouraging people to come watch the fireworks from their parking lot which has a great view of the fireworks launching.
Thanks to the wet, long winter the city's fireworks display returns this year and will begin just after dark, around 9 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Williams Fire Department and the city of Williams. The show should be visible from most locations in Williams. Before the parade, those looking to experience a vintage steam train ride over the holiday weekend can take advantage of the Grand Canyon Railway’s Steam to the Canyon.
This small town Fourth of July in Williams is one you won’t soon forget.