Cobre Valley Independence Day Celebration is back

A local celebration of our nation’s independence, Wednesday, July 4, is back and better than ever.

Pomp, parade, fun, and fireworks set to fill the family’s day from start to finish. Gather in downtown Globe early to pick a spot on the curb and enjoy a free concert from the local Centennial Band, beginning at 8 a.m.

Catch the American Legion Riders escorting the flag through downtown on their convoy of Harley-Davidsons as part of our opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.

The fun begins at 9 a.m. when this year’s Patriotic Parade officially kicks off. It’s not too late to join the parade. Throw some red, white, and blue on your car, truck, or ATV. Enter your club, advertise your business or upcoming event, candidates announce your campaign for the November election.

This year’s parade has the honor of hosting World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Ysabel Ortega.

Be sure to cheer this local living history and his service to our country during WWII. Cheer for this year’s Grand Marshal, Globe native Technical Sergeant Jonathan Ortega, United States Air Force Reserve. Don’t miss the free performance of the local Copper Cities Players, bringing American history alive with “A Revolutionary Cast of Heroes” right after the parade on the Center for the Arts Bandstand. Purchase a souvenir patriotic t-shirts at the souvenir tent throughout the morning activities.

The family fun and celebrating moves on to the Miami High School Ragus football field beginning at 10 a.m. Food, drinks, games, and tons of excitement to fill the day will be provided, courtesy of Freeport McMoRan. Parking lot shuttle rides will be available to escape the heat. Find a favorite lookout at sunset as the grandest fireworks display ever to burst into the Cobre Valley will be launched from the Claypool tailings after dark, starting at 9 p.m.

Show your patriotism and community pride by making a day of it on Wednesday, July 4. Pick up parade entry forms at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce.

2018 Cobre Valley Independence Day schedule:

7 a.m., Festivities booth setup (Miami High School Ragus Field)

7 a.m., Parade Entry setup (South Broad St, VFW)

7:30 a.m. – end, Independence Day T-Shirt table (front of Center for the Arts)

8 a.m. – end, Centennial Band (front of Bandstand)

8:30 a.m., Opening Ceremony, escort, invocation, anthem (bandstand)

9 a.m., Parade Begins (Downtown Globe)

9:45 a.m. approximately, Copper Cities Players, A Cast of Heroes (Bandstand)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Festivities (Ragus Field)

Dusk fireworks display (Claypool Tailings).

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