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Area residents and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Independence Day holiday today (July 4). The Joseph City Fourth of July Celebration is slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 is planned, followed by a $1 swim from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Joseph City pool. 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. The annual Holbrook Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue will be served beginning at 12 noon today 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. Winslow will host the Northern Arizona Freedom Festival all day today at the Eagles Pavilion, located at 523 W. Second St. The event will include an old fashioned carnival with three-legged races, cowboy golf, water games and a dunk tank, a children’s parade, a horseshoe tournament, a beer garden, and lots of food, and arts and crafts vendors. The fireworks show will start at dusk at Emil Nasser Stadium.