Winslow celebrates Fourth of July with its annual Freedom Festival

Photo by L. Parsons Riley Richards, Tobin Henling, Callum Richards, Tatum Henling (from left to right) dressed in their patriotic best for the children's parade at the Fourth of July Freedom Festival in Winslow.

By L. Parsons

The annual Fourth of July Freedom Festival was held July 4 at the Vargas Field ramadas in Winslow. A great time was had by all as the kids took part in activities provided by volunteers and community members. DJ Birdie (Roberta Cano) kept the day moving with entertainment, music and group games with prizes.

Some played water balloon toss or ring toss. Others entered the hula hoop contest and played on the playground. The Winslow Fire Department was on hand to cool down the crowd by spraying down the dancing kids.

Each year, a children’s parade takes place in which kids, and kids at heart, dress their most patriotic and walk, bike and scooter around the park. Prizes are awarded for most patriotic and most creative entries. There were approximately 35 participants in this year’s parade and many onlookers.

The event also offered free hot dogs to the crowd, with a suggestion of donations to the Fireworks Fund. The Fireworks Fund is a community pool that aids in the production of one of the biggest and most popular fireworks displays in Northern Arizona. The display is sponsored by Dan Simmons and his family, and is dependent on donations from businesses and citizens alike.

Once again this year, the fireworks at Emil Nasser Stadium were a huge success. The volunteers who made these events possible want to thank the community of Winslow and visitors, and remind everyone to keep the Fireworks Fund in mind when making charitable donations.

 

Photo by L. Parsons
Stratton Salyers Jr. prepares for the water balloon toss game held during the festival.

 

Photo by Roberta Watson
Isis Armendariz cools off thanks to the Winslow Fire Department, which was on hand during Winslow’s Freedom Festival.