Kick off the 4th of July with the White Rock Children’s Parade and Carnival. A flag ceremony and parade begin at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon. Everyone is invited to the parade followed by a free carnival games and treats on the back lawn of the church. Courtesy photo
The annual White Rock Children’s Parade and July 4th celebration will be held again this year at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon.
A new dimension is being added this year as a tribute to military personnel, past and present. Arrangements have been made for an American flag to be flown over the National Cemetary in Santa Fe. An organized run/walk effort will transport the flag from Santa Fe that morning, to arrive in White Rock in time for the parade. To participate in the run/walk, click here.
All veterans and current military personnel are invited to join in the final leg of the run/walk from the intersection of Rover Boulevard and Grand Canyon Drive, two blocks east to the church parking lot. There, they will be honored with a short message, the history of the flag will be shared, and the raising of the colors will be followed by the national anthem. Any who wish to be part of this group are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection.
The Children’s Parade will begin after the ceremony. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from various area units will lead the parade carrying the colors. Any veterans or military personnel who wish to participate in the short parade, will follow the colors, children of all ages will be next. Children are encouraged to dress up, decorate their bicycles, wagons and tricycles and join in the fun. Los Alamos police and fire department personnel will escort the parade along the route, which is less than half a mile and begins and ends at the Church parking lot.
A carnival will follow the parade on the shady back lawn of the church. All games, prizes, refreshments and visiting are free. There will be balloons, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and ice water for everyone. The carnival will end shortly after noon.
This tradition began more than 35 years ago as a small family neighborhood celebration in White Rock and has grown to involve around 1,000 people each year. Everyone is invited to attend, participate and feel the spirit of this great country and celebrate the birthday of the U.S.A.