Williams to host annual observance

Ready to celebrate Independence Day

— Daily Freeman-Journal file photo Spectators watch tractors pass by during the 2017 Williams July 4th Celebration. This year’s event is planned for Wednesday and will get underway with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by activities in the park. The day will be capped off by the traditional fireworks display.

WILLIAMS – The Williams Lions Club will sponsor its 67th Annual Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Williams.

The day kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. with Wayne and Connie Wahlert serving as Parade Grand Marshals. Also featured will be the American Legion Harley Riders and the Colors presented by the Williams American Legion Post 633 Color Guard.

Following the parade, the events shift to the Williams City Park where a variety of activities will continue throughout the day. Lunch will be served by the community churches in the park shelter house and activities and amusements will include Foot Races, the Hamilton County Crime Stoppers’ Free Nickel Scramble, carnival games and kiddie rides.

Throughout the day, the Lions will host Bingo and the Logs 4 Heroes Chainsaw Art for Wounded Warriors will present demonstrations.

The Williams Area Development Committee will sponsor its traditional cakewalk and the Williams American Legion Post 633 will be selling popcorn and snow cones.

The Hemken Collection vintage car museum will be open immediately following the parade until 5 p.m. The Williams American Legion Post 633 Veterans Museum will be open by appointment only by calling Connie Wahlert at 515 571-2781.

Ye Olde Drug Store on Main Street will be serving ice cream and snow cones from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Williams Little Princess program will take place at 1 p.m. in the city park gazebo. This year’s candidates are Zara Burton, Ava Otteros, Hattie Heiden, Mariel Moreno, Hayden Keane, Emma Thompson and Hayden Tapper. The Williams Little Princesses are girls from Williams who have completed Kindergarten or First and Second Grade.

The Williams Lions Club Cash Drawings will be held at 4 p.m. Prizes will include ten $25 cash prizes and the Grand Prize of $500.

The highlight of the day will be the fireworks display, beginning at dusk, around 9:45 p.m.