Moab’s annual Independence Day celebration will take place Thursday, July 4, with a parade in the morning and a traditional fireworks show at dusk. Throughout the day, activities at Swanny City Park and the Moab Aquatic and Recreation Center at 400 North 100 West promise plenty of holiday fun, said officials with the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.
The celebration kicks off with a short half-mile parade that begins at the corner of 400 North and 500 West, in front of the MC’s On the Corner convenience store. The 15- to 20-minute parade will travel eastward down 400 North to Swanny City Park.
The parade line-up and staging begins at 8:30 a.m., with the parade scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., according to information provided by Moab Area Chamber Director Jodie Hugentobler.
Parade participants are invited to join in the fun by walking, riding a bike, or using some other means of transportation, officials said. Registration is not required to participate in the parade, but entrants are asked to be mindful that it is a family-oriented event.
The parade is scheduled to round the northeast corner of Swanny City Park at 100 West then head a block south where it will conclude at Turner Lumber, across from the southeast corner of the park.
Planned activities at the park will include a watermelon eating contest, a dunk tank and a variety of games and booths with prizes for children. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the event, and a variety of vendors will sell food and refreshments.
As the Swanny City Park celebration winds down in the heat of the day, the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center will host a free community open swim on July 4 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The center will then close early for the holiday, city recreation officials said.
Later that evening, the red hills east of Moab off Sand Flats Road will again become the stage for the annual community fireworks show. Despite fire restrictions that were imposed beginning June 27 on all state, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and unincorporated lands within Grand County, the public fireworks display will be held, barring other complications such as high winds or orders from state officials banning fireworks, said Moab Valley Fire Chief Corky Brewer.
The fireworks display is scheduled to begin just after dusk. This year, KCYN radio in Moab will choreograph the fireworks to music played live on the radio station. Radio listeners can tune in to 97.1 FM.
For more information about this year’s July 4 celebration contact the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce at 435-259-7814.