Events

July 12, 2012

Fourth of July celebration held at park

Tags:
Story and photos by Natalie Lakosil
Staff Writer

The rain didn’t stop a group of children at Veterans’ Memorial Park July 4th from having a good time. A variety of jumping castles, some with water, were available for youths to play on during the holiday celebration.

Despite the heavy rains, 4th of July enthusiasts came out to Veterans’ 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.

“I think the displays are just fascinating,” said Harry Gabberet, after viewing a military air vehicle transport. “I just think so much of this country and our Army.”

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.

“I 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,” said veteran Michael Kilpatrick.

Last year’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 “Hands on History Company,” 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 Veterans’ Memorial Park on the holiday. This was the Lamb family’s first year at the Sierra Vista event.

Jocelyne Areval and Russ Robertson view Bill Taylor’s 1944 World War II Jeep during the fourth of July celebration at Veterans Memorial Park. Taylor who is driving the jeep, puts the vehicle and other WWII memorabilia on display every year for the holiday. The jeep is named after his late wife Anne.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
   
 

 

Community Briefs July 24, 2014

Fort Huachuca museums open The Fort Huachuca Main Museum has reopened. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Main Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, federal holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Military Intelligence Soldiers’ Heritage Learning Center is also open. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday,...
 
 

FMWR Briefs – July 17, 2015

Celebrate ACS’s birthday today Army Community Service will close at 1 p.m. today so that the staff can attend ACS’s 50th Birthday celebration, 1:45-4 p.m. at Irwin Pool. Authorized ACS patrons are invited to enjoy birthday cake, free food (while supplies last), plus free swimming 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 533.2330. Free Mall Cop...
 
 

Community Briefs July 24, 2014

Museum hosts free summer program The Sierra Vista Historical Society is sponsoring free Summer Saturdays at the Hauser Museum 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at 2930 E. Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista. Family activities for both kids and adults will include a hands-on activity for children ages 5-12 years. Parents are encouraged to attend all sessions. Saturday’s activities...
 

 

News Briefs – July 17, 2015

Fort Huachuca museums open The Fort Huachuca Main Museum has reopened. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Main Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, federal holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Military Intelligence Soldiers’ Heritage Learning Center is also open. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday,...
 
 

FMWR Briefs – July 17, 2015

Free family pool carnival Saturday Sports, Fitness and Aquatics will host the Family Pool Carnival Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Irwin Pool. The event is free and open to all authorized Family and MWR patrons. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a fun-filled day that includes free food (to the first 100...
 
 

Community Briefs July 17, 2014

VFW hosts Steak Fry The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9972 will host a steak fry 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at 549 Veterans Dr., Sierra Vista. The dinner will include an 8-ounce steak with onions and mushrooms, baked potato, corn, western beans, dinner roll and salad. Cost is $9 per member and $10 per guest. The...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>