Jun 252014

The annual Joseph City Fourth of July celebration opens early this year with a baseball tournament at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 3,
at the Joseph City High School softball field. Contact Rachelle Roberson Hansen for more information at (928) 587-7940.

Friday, July 4, begins with a color run from 6 to 7 a.m. Contact Tonya Crosby at (928) 386-0373.

At 8 a.m. the patriotic parade heads down Main Street beginning at McLaws Avenue and ending at Tanner Park. Contact Julie Clifford for more information at 587-2750.

At 8:45 a.m., a flag raising ceremony will take place at Tanner Park, followed by a horseshoe tournament, obstacle course, games and vendors beginning at 9 a.m. A volleyball tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, also at the park. Contact Jay Miller for more information at (480) 299-6152.

It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without watermelon and barbecue, and visitors will get their fill of both starting with a watermelon eating contest at 10:30 a.m. for a $2 entry fee, and burgers and hot dogs at the park from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at a cost of $5 and $4, respectively.

A basketball tournament will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the high school. Contact Alan or Vicky Palmer for more information at 587-2502.

The annual celebration is hosted by the Joseph City Chamber of Commerce.

To become a vendor at the festivities or for other information, contact Rachelle Hansen at 587-7940.