The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, an historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities including fireworks, musical entertainment, festivals and barbecues.
As we march closer to July 4th, anticipation continues to rise for this year’s celebration, the first for the Town’s Parks and Recreation Director, Krista VanderMolen. This year’s event promises to be the biggest yet with a larger firework display, live musical entertainment from fiddling group, South County Line; singer, Rinsley; and classic rock band, Screamin’ Javelinas. VanderMolen is also bringing in some new entertainment with henna style and airbrush tattoo artists, arts and crafts booths, an ice cream truck and a beer garden!
Of course no July 4th celebration is complete without a fair share of food! Come with your stomach empty and prepare to chow down.
One major change this year will be the move to Heritage Field. This year, the Town’s 4th of July Celebration will be largely at Heritage Field with a few traditional activities being held at the community pool. While the main celebration won’t begin until 4 PM, the pool will be opened to the public at 10 AM on the 4th. At the pool you can expect free swimming as well as relay races, games and contests for the kids throughout the day.
For even more information about the Town of Gila Bend's Fourth of July Celebration, see the Event Program.