Fireworks, community celebration in Tuba City

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler is pleased to announce that the community of Tuba City has come together to organize two days of exciting events during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Not only will there be a 30-minute fireworks display on the night of July 3, a free community picnic is scheduled from 12-2 p.m. on July 4. Fundraising efforts are also in place to benefit the Tuba City Fire Department, which is currently operating with only two paid employees.

Vendor spaces are being sold for a fee of $10, mini-carnival games will range from 25 cents to $2, and a pancake breakfast on July 3 is offered for only $5 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the local fire department.

There are several community partners involved in these efforts. They include the To'Nanees'Dizi Chapter, Coconino County, Tuba City Navajo Nation Public Safety, Tuba City Fire and Rescue Department, Navajo Nation Department of Youth Development and the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, in conjunction with Tuba City High School, who has generously permitted use of their facility.

All events are being held at the Tuba City High School football field and pavilion. Both days will feature fun activities and entertainment for all audiences including live performances by Aces Wild and No Name Street bands; live DJ; pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests; a mini-carnival with games, bounce house and dunk tank; fun run/walk; and a kid's parade.

These community events were arranged primarily for safety reasons. It is well known that the residents of Tuba City and surrounding communities travel each year to Flagstaff, Page and other places to enjoy the Independence Day festivities and then drive home the same night. This is not safe and many unfortunate incidents occur every year. However, this year, the objectives are to promote public safety, fundraise for the Tuba City Fire Department and provide free entertainment and fun events for the community during these difficult economic times. Everyone planning to attend is urged to bring lawn chairs along with hats and umbrellas to stay cool under the hot summer weather.

Volunteers and donations are being sought for these events. Please consider participating to help ensure a safe and successful event. If you would like to get involved, sponsor an activity, or request more information contact Lena Fowler's office at (928) 283-4518 or e-mail Loreal Scott at lscott@coconino.az.gov.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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