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Wed, June 03

Community gets busy planning for July 4th festivities <br>

A parade along Route 66 will begin at 10 a.m. All types of entries are welcome in the parade. Parade applications are available at the Visitor Center. Applications must be received by Friday to participate in the parade.

The Community United Methodist Church, located at 127 W. Sherman Ave., will once again host their annual ice cream social. Immediately following the parade, enjoy homemade ice cream. Quantities are limited, so arrive early for the best selection. Proceeds benefit the Williams Ministerial Association.

A barbecue at the Visitor Center will begin at noon. Hosts for the barbecue will include Dr. and Kris Vasquez and Al and Rich Richmond. Proceeds from the barbecue will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Arizona State Railroad Museum.

Kids’ games and contests will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center. Smokey the Bear will pay a special visit to the children during the hour-long event.

The Williams Police Department D.A.R.E. Program will host a free swim session at the Williams Aquatic Center. Swim free from 1-4 p.m.

The sixteenth annual Railhead shooting competition will be held July 3-6 at Buckskinner Park. The competitive shooting competition for ages 16 and over uses guns from the period of 1880-1911. Competitors are judged on time and accuracy. Non-shooters are welcome as spectators. A Settler’s Row will be available for those who enjoy shopping for clothing, woodwork items and other period items.

City Manager Dennis Wells said he is optimistic Williams will have a fireworks show this year. Last year’s show was cancelled due to the fire danger to nearby forests. City and fire department officials have met to plan for the event and, so far, do not see this year’s show being cancelled.

The Williams Rotary Club and city of Williams will sponsor the annual Fourth of July fireworks display after dusk. Your donations are needed to make this one of the best shows ever.

The fireworks will likely begin around 9 p.m., said Wells.

“We’re busting our buns trying to get everything ready,” said Wells.

Buy your own sky rocket and have your personal, family or business Fourth of July greeting published in the Williams-Grand Canyon News. Sky rocket prices are $25 for a six-inch blossoming rocket; $45 for an eight-inch rocket; $75 for a jaw-dropping 10-inch rocket; and $125 for the “Big Boy” rockets that will light up the starry sky. Make your check payable to the city of Williams. Donations will be accepted at the News or National Bank.

For more information about the Fourth of July or any Williams’ event, contact the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at 635-4061 or 1-800-863-0546.

Editor Chris Markham contributed to this article.

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