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Annual signature events are patriotic salutes to our nation!
SHOW LOW, Ariz. (June 13, 2019) – Celebrate our nation’s birthday on Thursday, July 4, through the City of Show Low’s family-friendly signature events — the annual parade in the morning, a wet zone to follow and FreedomFest in the afternoon. Find your spot for the annual parade, which begins at 9 a.m. along the Deuce of Clubs, traveling eastbound from Owens and turning south on White Mountain Road to Hall Street. This year’s parade theme is “Summer, Sizzle & Sparkle,” with White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, leading the parade as grand marshal.
Expect road closures and detours during the parade. The Deuce of Clubs (US 60) will be closed between Whipple Road and S. White Mountain Road (SR 260) from 8:45 until approximately 11:30 a.m., with eastbound and westbound detours established. The eastbound detour begins at the Deuce of Clubs and Whipple Road intersection, with the Deuce of Clubs closing to traffic at this location. Traffic will be routed to Whipple Road to Central Avenue and then south on Woolford Road to S. White Mountain Road, where the White Mountain Entertainment Show Low 5 movie theaters are located. Westbound traffic on the Deuce of Clubs will be routed south on S. White Mountain Road to Woolford Road and return to the Deuce of Clubs via Whipple.
Following the end of the parade, the city will provide a “wet zone” at no charge until 2:00 p.m. at Frontier Fields, 600 N. 9th Place. All ages who want to frolic among the sprinklers, cool off with a good soak from Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District’s fire truck or enjoy exciting water activities are invited to come and have fun.
At 3 p.m., head over to the Show Low football stadium complex, 500 W. Old Linden Road, for the popular FreedomFest festivities — with free admission — planned to last well into the evening. Relish tasty fare, including Indian tacos, funnel cakes, kettle corn, corn dogs, homemade ice cream, and other delicious treats. The Fun Zone will be in full swing from 3 to 8 p.m., featuring a towering inferno slide, extreme obstacle course, ninja wrecking ball, inflatable axe throwing, bounce houses, rock wall, and much more. Unlimited ride wristbands are only $5 each.
Live concerts begin at 3 p.m. with David Kane & Open Range, Heber Ridge Band at 4:25, Station J at 5:50, culminating with headliner, Georgia Chrome, performing at 7:30 and again after the spectacular fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m. (weather permitting). In addition, parade winners will be announced at 7:10 followed by a flag-raising ceremony, accompanied by the Show Low High School Choir performing patriotic songs.
All events are sponsored by the Show Low Parks and Recreation Department. For more event details or information, call (928) 532-4140.