Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration has been a community tradition for many years — and it’s returning on July 3.
After the stress and isolation of the past year, Kristi Northcutt, senior director of community relations, said it is important to come together as a community and celebrate.
“These events give you the opportunity to enjoy the community park, the neighbors that you don’t always see around town and just really appreciate the quality of life that we have here and the beautiful scenery and an opportunity to just be together,” Northcutt said.
“After the last year, it is especially important to continue these traditions that Anthem has come to enjoy.”
The celebration is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at the community park, where there are fun events for the whole family.
“We have slides, watersides, water bounce houses, some dry rides and small carnival rides on the softball fields,” Northcutt said.
“This year we have a couple of new activities that include a rock wall and a couple of other new things (that are being kept secret.) We have a live DJ, who will do music and dancing, and lots of interactive activities. We have roving entertainers, like jugglers and things like that. Then we also have smaller stations like a glitter tattoos station and glow sticks just to make it more fun for the kiddos.”
There is plenty for the adults, too, mostly in the form of food and beverages.
Dozens of local food vendors and food trucks, as well as a Rotary beer garden, will be housed there.
The grand finale is a firework display that starts at 9:30 p.m., weather and fire conditions permitting.
“The fireworks launch is overseen by the Daisy Mountain Fire Department and the fire marshal. It’s a professional pyrotechnics launch. So, they have to receive a permit, they are inspected, and we do a number of things prior to the launch to make sure that it’s safe,” Northcutt said.
“We follow (Daisy Mountain Fire Department) in all cases, and they can cancel the fireworks for any reason up until the time that they launch. It’s very dependent on how things go that day, but the goal is to end our evening with a safe and controlled fireworks launch.”
As far as other safety measures go, the event will not require masks, as it is outdoors and spread over a large area. The event space was laid out to limit congestion and allow plenty of space for distancing.
Admission and parking for the event is free. A wristband for rides can be purchased ahead of time (to skip the line and avoid the heat at the event) at the Community Center or Civic Building for $20. Activities like the rock wall will have fees.
No personal fireworks are permitted at the park, and it is recommended to not bring pets due to the loud noise and crowds. For parking, it is suggested to park off-site and walk to the park to avoid heavy traffic.
Road and building closures around the area will begin at 2 p.m. A full list of closures as well as a traffic control plan, prohibited items, tips and general information can be found at onlineatanthem.com.