The celebration kicks off at 9:30 a.m. 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 and ends at the southeast corner of the park. Parade line-up and staging begins at 8:30 a.m.
Local residents are invited to join the parade — walking, riding a bike, or using some other means of transportation, officials said. Registration is not required to participate.
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 day, and a variety of vendors will sell food and refreshments, Hugentobler said.
The celebration concludes at 2 p.m., and as it winds down, the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center, also located in the park, will host a free community open swim on July 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
“It’s a good hometown feel,” Hugentobler said of the celebration. “It’s not too big. It’s just a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday.”
Later that evening, the hills east of Moab off Sand Flats Road will become the stage for the annual community fireworks show. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin just after dusk. KCYN radio in Moab will choreograph the fireworks to music played live on air at 97.1 FM.
For more information about this year’s July 4 celebration contact the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce at 435-259-7814.