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 Thursday, July 4, and will continue through the weekend.
The Joseph City Fourth of July Celebration will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4 at Tanner Park.
Festivities will include a children’s parade at 8 a.m., followed by a flag raising ceremony. At 10 a.m. more fun begins with a horseshoe tournament at a cost of $5 per team, a three-on-three volleyball tournament at $15 per team, 25-cent games, a water slide, a dunk tank, a bake sale and other vendors. At 11 a.m., a barbecue luncheon of hamburgers and hot dogs will be offered at the park for $4 per plate for kids and $5 for adults. 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.
A bicycle parade featuring kids on their patriotic themed rides will take place at Hunt Park beginning at 9 a.m. on July 4, followed by family fun and games at the park.
The Holbrook Swimming Pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4.
The annual Holbrook Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue will be served beginning at 12 noon on Thursday 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.
A talent show, children’s parade, horse show tournament, beer garden and an old fashioned carnival will make up Freedom Fest, beginning at 12 noon at the Eagle Pavilion, located at 523 W. Second St.
The Winslow fireworks show will start at dusk on July 4 at Emil Nasser Stadium.
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 Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Music Program scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at Taylor Rodeo Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the program.
The firing of the anvil on Saturday, July 6, will begin waking up residents at 5 a.m., and will start and end at the Taylor Ball Park on Eighth East and Center Street. The anvil will be fired at Freeman Park and the LDS Stake Center at 309 W. Willow Lane, 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. Also at that time Rodeo Park will host barrel racing, and the barbecue begins at 12 noon and again at 5 p.m.
This year Taylor will host its 59th annual rodeo on Saturday, with barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and $30 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 Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will open the Taylor Museum for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. and the historic home sites from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 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.
On Monday, July 8, the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will hold the Hayride Jamboree. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Margaret McCleve Hancock Log Cabin located at Main Street and Willow Lane. There is no cost, but donations are accepted. The jamboree includes a horse-drawn wagon ride giving a tour of historic Taylor, followed by a pioneer dinner and entertainment.
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By Linda Kor