The annual Fourth of July Celebration is a tradition in the City of Canyon for more than 40 years. But this year, the Chamber of Commerce is shaking it up by moving the evening celebrations to Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. Pronews 7 is featuring Canyon's annual July 4 Celebrations in "Our Town, Welcome to Canyon".
Canyon has become the premiere spot for Fourth of July Celebrations. Starting with breakfast early in the morning, a parade at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Fair on the Square, and then the Party in the Park, it's truly a family friendly free event that's grown over several years.
"We have 40,000 to 45,000 people come through Canyon last 4th of July and had maybe 4,000 to 6,000 people down at the park," said Canyon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Roger Remlinger.
It's because of that growth, Canyon's Chamber of Commerce is breaking tradition.
"All the park events that we usually have at night, the fireworks show, the food, the bands, that stuff we're actually moving it to Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. It's going to be easier to get in and out of and it also gives us the opportunity to do more things than we would normally do down at the park," said Remlinger.
Roman has been living in Canyon for about seven years and loves the Fourth of July Celebrations and said he's happy to see the concert and fireworks move.
"I think it's a good idea. I know people don't change easy and people don't like to break tradition but because of the stadium the capacity it has to fit everybody in it and the traffic, it's already set up for that because of the ball games," said Roman Asbill, Canyon Resident.
The Chamber of Commerce said the plan this year is to have gates at Kimbrough open at 4:00 p.m. The actual event starts at 5:00 p.m. with Noah Jenda playing on the field, followed by the winner of the BBQ in the Boonies "Battle of the Bands", and Restless Heart. The fireworks this year are a go!
"The plan for now is to shoot them off at the north end of the stadium. So that will come directly after Restless Heart finishes up their concert and be about 20 to 30 minute show that's if we are allowed to have fireworks which it looks like public displays are going to be allowed," said Remlinger.
It's a tradition the Chamber of Commerce hopes will continue for many more years to come.
"We're happy everybody comes down here it's a great experience for not just one person but families. We're just happy we have that tradition and we want to be the most premiere spot in the Panhandle for Fourth of July type stuff."
Something else new this year, you'll need to buy a wristband to enter the stadium. It's $5.00 for adults. Children under 5 years old it's free. Those wristbands go on sale starting June 1st at the United in Canyon and the Chamber of Commerce office.