By Naomi Hatch
Residents are gearing up for this special time of the year when families come home to observe patriotic traditions and enjoy the 59th annual Taylor Independence Day celebration.
Motels will be full and many homes will have wall-to-wall children. It’s become tradition for many families to sleep outside Friday night, July 5, so they don’t miss the firing of the first anvil at 4 a.m. on Saturday. Patriotic music by the Jennings Band and the firing of the anvil begin at 5 a.m. at Taylor Elementary School, then travel to Freeman Park, the LDS Stake Center and end up at the Taylor ball field on East Center, where the Fun Run will begin at 6 a.m. with the firing of the anvil at the Taylor Ball Park.
There will be a Patriotic Program at 10 a.m. at the Taylor Stake Center, located at 309 W. Willow, where the inductees to the Taylor Hall of Fame will be announced and the Jennings Band will entertain.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Major General Donald C. Ralph of the U.S. Air Force, son of Dale Shumway, who was raised in Taylor. The major is responsible for providing full-spectrum warfighting air and space operations capability to the combatant commander throughout the entire area of responsibility, which includes 105 countries throughout Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.
The barbecue begins at 12 noon and 5 p.m.
The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and family tickets are $30. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m., and a dance is slated from 9:30 to midnight on the pavilion.
The Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will open the Taylor Museum for tours from 1 to 4 p.m., and all other historic home sites will be open from 1 to 3 p.m.
Stop by the Taylor Museum, located at the intersection of Main and Center streets. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Sunday. There are several Taylor books and souvenirs on sale.
At 5 p.m. on Monday, July 8, the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will hold its Hayride Jamboree at the Margaret McCleve Hancock Log Cabin located on Main Street at Willow. There is no cost, but donations are accepted. There will be a horsedrawn wagon tour of historic Taylor, followed by a pioneer dinner and entertainment.
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By Naomi Hatch