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7/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
Fun Fourth planned in Williams
Members of the American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 march in last year’s Fourth of July parade down Route 66. Photo/WGCN
Members of the American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 march in last year’s Fourth of July parade down Route 66. Photo/WGCN
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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.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: Bruce Bloomquist

Carol, I've got no dog in this hunt but it really grates on me when people misquote/misinterpret the Constitution.

Here is the actual text of Amendment I of the Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof "

That says that the US government has no authority to decree a national religion but it also prohibits the government from dis-allowing people from freely expressing and practicing their religious beliefs. That "freedom from religion" garbage stuff is probably something you heard from a talking head on MSNBC. So, yes, there is "prayer" in the Constitution -- in just a few words.

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: Terri Beeson

I don't want to offend anyone but... This country's foundation was built on Christianity! I think everyone needs to pray for our country! It's a mess! We are slowly but surely taking God out of our lives then wonder what's wrong with our society! I think it's great churches are stepping out and praying in public, and having functions. I was honored to be a part of the family fun day at family harvest church! We provided a safe, fun inviroment for kids of all ages. No preaching or teaching just loving people in our town and providing a safe and fun event!
I also wanted to say the people over at the pool did a wonderful job! And the parade was amazing !

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Williams Resident l

OMG, please accept our apologies Carol Coffey, we certainly don't want to offend you with our 'Prayer' stuff.
If you don't like it just don't go!!

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Pat Smith

Calm down ladies, if you want to go to an event that is not at a church meet me at the Salty Tuna for a drink!

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: carol coffey

Why is there a prayer at the forest service? That is what churches are for. There is no prayer in the constitution, you know.

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Article comment by: Kerry-Lynn Moede

Harriet, HUH?????

Did I read a different article than you?
12-4 FREE swim at the pool with hot dogs door prizes and games.
2-6 Visitor Center Celebration: food, games and crafters
6:30 FREE parade

I think everyone's trying to offer things.

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Article comment by: harriet Lockwood

I notice most of the events are at churches. What other things are going on in Williams? I would like to see more around the chamber like bands that do not cost, games, and fun stuff. The Ice cream social is not for smaller kids. We should have some events going on at the wreck center. Harriet Lockwood

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