Fourth of July celebration held at park
Despite the heavy rains, 4th of July enthusiasts came out to Veteransâ€™ Memorial Park to celebrate.
At times the sky was dark but when rains let up, participants were able to enjoy a variety of band performances, history booths, military displays, jumping castles and more on Wednesday.
â€œI think the displays are just fascinating,â€ said Harry Gabberet, after viewing a military air vehicle transport. â€œI just think so much of this country and our Army.â€
The day began with a pet and people parade, activities at the park and ended with a spectacular firework display. Thousands of fireworks lite the night sky for spectators.
â€œI came out today to the park because I left a lot of friends behind in Vietnam, and a lot of people died just so we can sit out here and enjoy it,â€ said veteran Michael Kilpatrick.
Last yearâ€™s fireworks display was canceled due to extreme fire danger.
Nathan Mcafee, 10, and Caden Burkholder, 3, get a brief history lesson from Dan and Gary Hotchkiss while at the Veterans Memorial Park on July 4th. The Hotchkiss brothers own the â€œHands on History Company,â€ which teaches youth about history. The company had a display at the park for the fourth of July and gave information on U.S. American history, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Indian Wars.
From left, Olivia and Ava Lamb, 10 months, show their 4th of July pride while decked out in red, white and blue at Veteransâ€™ Memorial Park on the holiday. This was the Lamb familyâ€™s first year at the Sierra Vista event.