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Wed, Feb. 26

Editorial: Have fun, but celebrate safely

Monday we will celebrate America's birthday. Even though July 4 falls on a Monday, there will be many activities available in Williams throughout the weekend. The Northern Arizona Barbeque Festival, Railhead Shooting Competition, ice cream social, antique tractor display, parade, fireworks and much more returns this year.

Many of us will enjoy a much-needed three-day weekend. Visitors will fill our forest quickly. During a quick drive on the South Road this past weekend, I noticed numerous camps already established, despite the campfire ban in our region. We welcome visitors, but encourage them to be diligent about the campfire ban. Please smoke only in closed vehicles or buildings. While fireworks are being sold throughout the state, please remember fireworks are illegal on any national forest. A forest fire would devastate our region and could destroy our watershed.

There's something for everyone, but let's not forget the reason behind celebrating the Fourth of July - our nation's independence. We should never take our independence for granted. Instead, take a moment to pray for those fighting for our nation's independence not just on Monday, but every day. Have fun on the Fourth, but do so safely.

News office closed Monday

In observance of Independence Day, the News office will be closed Monday. All classified and display ads for Wednesday must be submitted by noon on Friday. All legal advertising is due by noon on Thursday. The Grand Canyon News will be sent to print on Friday.

We welcome any reader submitted photos of Fourth of July festivities. If you see something interesting happening, chances are others will find it interesting, too. Send your jpegs to for consideration.

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