White Rock celebrates Independence Day

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What began as a small neighborhood parade down Donna Avenue in the 1970’s is now an annual community event in White Rock sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Last year, more than 300 children dressed in red, white and blue and an equal number of parents, grandparents, friends and family participated in an old fashioned children’s parade and carnival.
After a brief welcome and flag ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, scooters, strollers will follow scouts and cub scouts carrying flags and marching behind a police car around the half mile block of Ridgecrest and Grand Canyon Streets beginning and ending in the parking lot of the LDS church, 366 Grand Canyon.
The carnival follows in the backyard of the church and is free for everyone. Free balloons, popcorn, snow cones and prizes are part of the activity. Games include tug of war, three-legged and gunny sack races, plus many more.
All members of the community are invited to participate and feel the great spirit of America. It’s a great place to meet your friends.
Of special interest to adults is the 11 a.m. showing of a full length movie, “A More Perfect Union,” inside the building. The movie depicts the struggles and eventual compromises made by all the founding fathers as they wrote and signed the Constitution of the United States. Because James Madison, kept such complete notes of the convention, much of the movie’s dialogue is from his journals.
“An added feature this year will be an exhibit of patriotic art titled “One Nation Under God,” also inside the building. Anyone owning or creating patriotic art is invited to share their art.
Contact James Hammer at 511 Rover Blvd., or bring it to the church before 9 a.m. that morning.
Besides prints of well-known pieces, there will be present day budding artists’ works. All art will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to noon.”
For more information, call or email. Marion Pack, co-chair of the event 672-9873 or rt7mhpack@msn.com.