It’s a Family Affair
Independence Day celebration draws thousands of kids and parents
By Laura Latzko
In Anthem, celebrating the Fourth of July as a community is a tradition as old as the community itself. The Independence Day Celebration has a long history, dating back 20 years.
This year, Anthem will commemorate the nation’s founding with a celebration on Wednesday, July 3, at Community Park.
Anthem Community Council’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Kristi Northcutt, says the event draws between 15,000 to 20,000 people from Anthem and surrounding communities.
Over the years, the attendance has increased.
Northcutt says attending the event has become an annual tradition for some Anthem residents, who bring their extended families.
“People make plans for it. I would say definitely there are people who have been coming every year. There might even be some that have been here for 20 years,” Northcutt says.
Pets are also allowed at the celebration.
Many attendees get into the spirit of the event, wearing patriotic T-shirts or dressing their pets in themed clothing or bandanas.
Families are encouraged to spend the day at the park, sitting on the grass and enjoying a picnic or enjoying family-friendly activities and food from local vendors.
Food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed in the park but not in the fenced-in food court area.
Northcutt says the event offers something for people of different ages.
“You can sit back, sit in your chair and just watch everything happen, or you can be really involved. So, it’s good for everybody,” Northcutt says.
For families with young children, the event will have inflatables, water rides and slides and a juggler dressed up as Uncle Sam.
Food vendors will offer sweet or savory choices such as snow cones, barbecue, chicken strips, popcorn and kettle corn, and a local church will have a glow tattoo station.
Attendees can dance with their families to DJed music on a dance floor in the food court area.
The festivities will conclude with the national anthem and a fireworks show, which starts at 9:30 p.m.
One local resident is chosen each year to sing the national anthem at the Fourth of July celebration. In the past, high school students, adults and members of the Musical Theatre of Anthem have performed the national anthem.
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