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Kingman plans for booming Fourth

Kingman's 19th annual old-fashioned family Fourth of July celebration will center on activities in Centennial Park according to Park Director Darel Fruhwirth.

"The Elks Lodge has the permit for the day and organizes much of the activity," he said.

Mayor Les Byram and other local dignitaries will attend the 9 a.m.

flag raising ceremony in Centennial Park off Harrison Street with local veterans groups planning the program,

The Kingman Elks Lodge will host a barbecue with the traditional Fourth of July hot dogs and hamburgers for a nominal charge.

Games and activities for children of all ages will be held throughout the day in Centennial Park.

Musical entertainment will be provided by a series of bands.

The Kingman swimming pools have a free swim on the Fourth from noon to 3 p.m.

Fruhwirth said.

"The first 300 are allowed in the Centennial Pool, It fills up rapidly," he said.

"We will also have free tennis play at the Centennial Park courts."

The Senior Center Park behind the Heidenreich Adult Center will host the first Fourth of July picnic from 4 p.m.

to 6 p.m.

with people invited to stay to see the fireworks display at Centennial Park.

Horseshoes, volleyball and other games will be available during the after noon at the Adult Center Park.

Come early, bring a lawn chair.

Tickets are available in advance for $3.50 per person at the senior center on Airway Avenue.

Call 757-8150.

Fire Chief Chuck Osterman said 6,000 people are expected for the evening fireworks.

"Crowds are larger when the Fourth of July comes midweek and fewer people can leave town," Osterman said.

"The 25 minute show has over 1,000 shells of various sizes and will begin when it is dark enough for the fireworks to show well."

The mayor and city council financed by $15,000 from the city budget sponsors the fireworks.

Lantis Fireworks and Lasers from Draper, Utah is planning the show.

Osterman said parking will be available around the park area where ever parking is usually legal except along the west side of Burbank Street within the safety zone.

Fireworks are illegal in Arizona except in special displays like the city-sponsored fireworks, he said.

"It is extremely dry with high fire danger this year," Osterman said.

"It is particularly dangerous to use illegal fireworks this season."

Fourth of July Activities:

• 9 a.m.

Flag Raising at Centennial Park by VFW

• All Day Centennial Park Activities for the family

Elks sponsored food and activity

Free use of Centennial Park tennis courts

• Noon to 3 p.m.

Free swim in city pools for first 300.

• 4 to 6 Seniors Fourth of July picnic at Adult Center Park on Airway Avenue.

Call 757-8150

• Dark or 9:15 Fireworks begin across from Centennial Park