By Linda Kor —
Visitors and residents of central Navajo County will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Independence Day holiday this year. The fun begins this weekend and will continue through Wednesday, July 4.
Once again the Town of Taylor will celebrate Independence Day to the beat of a famous bass drum and the blast of an anvil.
The celebration will open with a newer tradition, though, a Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Music Program scheduled at 6:30 tonight (June 29) at Taylor Rodeo Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the program.
The firing of the anvil on Saturday, June 30, will begin waking up residents at 4 a.m., and at 5 a.m. will begin at the Taylor Ball Park on Center Street and Love Lake City and go to Freeman Park, the LDS Stake Center on Willow Lane and end at the City Ball Park on East Center Street, firing at 6 a.m. to begin the 10K and two-mile runs.
The patriotic program begins at 10 a.m. at the Taylor Stake Center.
There will be country music at 10 a.m. at Rodeo Park, where they will have barrel racing, and the barbecue begins at 12 noon and again at 5 p.m.
The Taylor Museum located on Center Street and Main Street will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., and the historic home sites will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. They will be closed Monday, July 2, and open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, including Wednesday, July 4.
This year Taylor will host its 58th annual Rodeo, with pre-rodeo entertainment at 6:30 p.m., followed by barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and $25 for family tickets. Fireworks are slated at 9 p.m., followed by a dance from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on the pavilion.
The Hayride Jamboree sponsored by the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, at the Margaret McCleve Log Cabin. Come and enjoy a horsedrawn wagon tour of the historic homes, a cowboy dinner and entertainment. There is no cost, but donations are welcome and will be used to maintain the homes.
The annual Holbrook Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue will be served beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 4, at Station No. 3 on the mesa. The all you can eat meal of slow roasted beef, beans, coleslaw and ice cold lemonade will be served for $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The firemen will also present a fireworks show at dusk at the county complex in south Holbrook.
The Winslow fireworks show will start at dusk on July 4 at Emil Nasser Stadium.
The Joseph City Fourth of July Celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4 at Tanner Park. Festivities will include a children’s parade at 9 a.m., followed by a flag raising ceremony at 9:15 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. more fun begins with a horseshoe tournament, a four-on-four volleyball tournament, 25-cent games, a bake sale and other vendors. At 11 a.m., a barbecue luncheon will take place at the park for $4 per plate. At 11:30 a.m., an ice cream churn-off will take place, followed by a $1 swim at the Joseph City pool from 1 to 5 p.m. At 2 p.m. a three-on-three basketball tournament will take place at the high school gym, with a $15 fee set per team. All proceeds will go to the Joseph City Chamber of Commerce for the maintenance of Tanner Park.