Red, white and blue

WILLIAMS – The streets of Williams will be awash with red, white and blue Stars and Stripes for the 63nd annual Lions Club Fourth of July celebration on Thursday.

The day begins with the parade at 10 a.m.

Don D. and Joan Williams will serve as the grand marshals of the parade.

“There is no rest for the wicked,” said Don D. Williams, who for 44 years has served as the parade announcer.

This year, the Lions Club recruited Kim Schimp to serve as parade master of ceremonies so that the town could honor Don and Joan Williams.

“It’s not because I’m good,” said Williams of his long tenure as parade announcer. “It’s because I’m there.”

Earlier this year, Williams retired as the Commander of the Williams American Legion Post 633 and turned over the duties to Wayne Wahlert.

Williams was then named president of the Lions Club which spearheads the community’s annual Independence Day celebration.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and immediately following are activities in the city park. Events include foot races, bingo, cake walk, ring toss, frisbee spin art, train rides and a space walk.

Lunch is served throughout the day in the new park shelter house by members of the Williams’ churches.

Leaning Tree Cattle Dogs is a parade favorite. A working dog demonstration by Wayne Bamber and Deb Meier and their trained canines will also be presented at noon in the park.

The Little Princess Program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the park gazebo. The six candidates for this year’s princess are: Alivia Wahlert, daughter of Carina and Wade Wahlert; Paige Doolittle, daughter of Krystal and Eric Doolittle; Aryana Toftee, daughter of Heather and Dave Toftee; Pasha Kirk, daughter of Danielle Neubauer and Benjamin Kirk; Madison Henrichs, daughter of Jill and Tim Henrichs; and Tatum Henrichs, daughter of Jennifer and Chris Henrichs.

Following the program, the cash drawings will be held.

The Williams fireworks display is the highlight of the evening and will begin to light up the sky at 9:45 p.m.

Prior to the parade, the Williams American Legion Post 633 Veterans’ Museum will be open. Admission is free and the exhibit includes a variety of military memorabilia donated by area veterans.

The Caruth Antique Tractor Display will be located on the west end of town. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Hemken Collection Museum will be open immediately following the parade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vintage and antique automobiles plus an historic exhibit of Williams’ past is on display. Admission is $5.