Parade, waterfights, entertainment, vendors and fireworks will be the order of the day for the city’s annual July 4 celebration.

With the theme “America’s Pastime,” longtime resident Linda Lou Lamb is the Parade Grand Marshal. Lamb just retired after 35 years as an educator at Benson Unified School District.

Sure to boast its usual array of tractors, fire trucks, police cars, floats and mounted entries, the parade at 9 a.m. has traditionally served as the prelude to the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

“I’m very blessed to be the Grand Marshal,” said Lamb. “Benson is an amazing community. It has been my home for 35 years and will continue to be my home through my retirement from the high school. Thanks to the parade committee for selecting me for this honor.”

Lisi Harris will offer the national anthem at the emcee tent on Fifth Street at the onset of the parade. The daylong lineup of entertainment and live music should keep things hopping at Lions Park under the main ramada once the parade and the fire departments’ water fights, set for 10 a.m., have concluded. The dance at the park from 9 to 10 p.m. with Arizona Thunder Productions following the fireworks spectacular will top the night.

The park lineup features Nightlife, Cochise County Line Band, Benson Barbershoppers, Sound Check, BHS Dance Cats, Mariachi Alegre, Benson Alumni and Community Band with Motion Music Entertainment from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Parade entries will be accepted up until check in time but are no longer eligible for parade judging or prizes. Entry fee is $5 and check-in time is from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Ocotillo and Union streets. All entries are required to check in, said Moncada. “No exceptions.”

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