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4th of July Celebrations Page Lake Powell

July 03
17:12 2014

You’re invited to the Page Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade and celebration in the park. The big parade begins at 10:00 A.M., followed by an afternoon of fun in the park with tons of games, contests and more for kids of all ages. Later on in the evening, the City of Page shoots off fireworks from the golf course.

USA KidsThe parade will line-up on South Navajo in front of City Park and head up Lake Powell Boulevard before turning left down North Navajo. It is expected to last a little over an hour. According to Terri Minnich with the chamber, there are currently about 30 entries. Page Public Library Director and Page Humanitarian of the Year, Debbie Winlock, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall and ride in a 1929 Model “A” Ford Roadster owned and driven by Warren Whisler from Lake Powell Cruisers.

After the parade, head to the park for food, fun, and festivities! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, Navajo tacos, and more. There will be music from The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps who will also perform later in in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Page High School stadium. The band is the official drum and bugle corps for the City of Tempe, AZ. There will be vendors galore and tons of fun for the kids, too!

Fireworks Show

Later in the evening, the City of Page presents a fireworks show from the golf course. Scenic View Drive off of Highway 89 is a great place to view the show. Captain Ray Varner with the Page Police Department says to plan on some traffic congestion, especially after the fireworks display winds down. Locals are encouraged to walk when possible if you don’t want to get stuck in traffic. Southbound traffic will be re-routed for a short stretch of 89 onto Scenic Drive. No stopping on Highway 89 is allowed for viewing.

How Fireworks Get Their Color

Believe it or not, the incredible pallet of crackling color in the sky is the result of mined Minerals!

The components of fireworks—when heated to specific temperatures—give off a colorful glow.

Metals like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium burn very brightly—and are useful for increasing the firework’s temperature.

But what about the fantastic colors? Other minerals mined from around the world help produce what we see in the night sky. See if you can recognize any of the following minerals from science class:

  •   Barium is combined to create green colors.
  •  Copper is used at lower temperatures to create blue colors.
  •  Red colors are created with either lithium or strontium.
  • White colors are made from either magnesium or aluminum.
  • Yellow colors require sodium.

Other colors—such as orange, silver, and lavender—can be created by mixing compounds.  And, special effects are created by yet other mineral products.

The American Pyrotechnics Association reports that more than 186-million pounds of fireworks were consumed in the U.S. last year—with more than 163-million pounds of that figure involving consumer fireworks.

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