Flag-raising ceremony kicks off Fourth of July activities

The official Fourth of July activities in Kingman begin with a flag raising ceremony at Centennial Park off Harrison Street.

Kingman has a traditional, old-fashioned family celebration to mark the country's day of independence.

The city fireworks display begins at dusk, usually about 9 p.m., and is the closing highlight for Kingman.

City Manager Roger Swenson and Mayor Les Byram invite all area residents to a special fireworks display that will also mark the 50th birthday of the city.

This is the first Fourth of July since the Sept.

11 terrorist attacks and city officials expect a large turnout for all activities and especially for the fireworks.

The fireworks will be set up in the traditional location off Burbank Street north of the library along the Mohave Wash.

Kingman Fire Chief Chuck Osterman said the fire department will stand by to keep the area safe from fires.

Residents are reminded that fireworks are both dangerous and illegal.

Fire danger is high with the drought conditions.

Kingman police will be enforcing the fireworks ban.

The local Elks Lodge plans the activities in Centennial Park for families with an emphasis on games and activities for the younger set.

An Elks food concession is expected to open for business by lunchtime and serve hot dogs and hamburgers until 6 p.m.

Beer and sodas are available with the concessions at Ramada No.

1 off Burbank Street.

Elks Fourth of July chairman Bill Gilfoil said lots of games, activities and contests with prizes are planned for the smaller children.

Games like an egg toss are typical.

A bouncing castle will be an addition to all the play areas always available for children playing in the park.

No official softball competition is planned but the ball fields are open and available.

Parks Director Darel Fruhwirth said the Fourth of July is always a "free" day for swimming, tennis, horseshoes and basketball in Centennial Park.

Swimming in the downtown pool is also free from 1 p.m.

to 5 p.m.

The Mohave County Fair Association plans a Fourth of July celebration from 5 p.m.

to 9 p.m.

at the fairgrounds with food, fun and entertainment.

The fairgrounds are a good location for watching the city fireworks display launched off Burbank Street.

Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and pick a spot at the Hualapai Downs racetrack to watch the fireworks.

Parking at the fairgrounds is $1 per car and the entrance fee is $1 for each person over three.

Activities in the cool exhibit hall include a kids' bike rodeo, a bubble gum blowing contest, 3-legged races, and wheelbarrow races.