Have fun, but celebrate safely

Monday we will celebrate America's birthday. Even though July 4 falls on a Monday, there will be many activities available throughout northern Arizona and the Hopi and Navajo reservations. We are fortunate there are at least two opportunities to view fireworks displays Sunday and Monday.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Tuba City on Sunday with a 30-minute fireworks display at Tuba City High School. The show begins at approximately 9 p.m. DST. Tuba City community partners that are making the show possible include Coconino County, Tuba City Navajo Nation Public Safety, Tuba City Fire and Rescue Department, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and the Tuba City Unified School District.

In Winslow, the Fourth of July Fest will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday along West First Street. This event will precede the fireworks show put on at the high school stadium during the evening. The Freedom Festival will have a horseshoe tournament, beer garden, live music, dunking tanks, cakewalk, karaoke, children's patriotic parade, watermelon eating contest, car show, water balloon toss, food vendors, drink vendors and crafts vendors.

Let's not forget the reason behind celebrating the Fourth of July - our nation's independence. We should never take our independence for granted. Instead, take a moment to pray for those fighting for our nation's independence not just on Monday, but every day. Have fun on the Fourth, but do so safely.

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