FARMINGTON — Bringing together four days of events over the Fourth of July weekend is a huge effort, but organizers behind Freedom Days have been hard at work on a series of family-friendly events.
The 28th annual Freedom Days celebration will take place July 3 to 6 across Farmington. Fourteen activities are designed to entertain community members of all ages and attract visitors over the holiday weekend.
Tonya Stinson, executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the celebration gives Farmington residents an incentive to stay in the city for the holiday — especially because July 4 falls on a Friday this year.
"I just love how we have such good quality events to choose from," Stinson said. "Every community fights for spectators at the Fourth of July."
The city hosts many of the activities, including the 10th annual Yo Down Show Down, the ice cream social at the E³ Children's Museum and Science Center and the Party in the Park and Skateboard Competition at Brookside Park.
"We want everyone to have fun. Usually, everyone has fun," said Jody Carman, the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs marketing director.
A yo-yo workshop by Luke Renner will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on June 27, and the yo-yo event will follow on July 5.
New this year is the Brotherhood of Love Benefit Concert on July 3 at the Heights Middle School football field. This is the second year for the concert, but the first year it will be a Freedom Days event.
Vendors will sell food while several local bands perform until the fireworks display that evening.
Proceeds will benefit Gabriella Gonzales, an 8-year-old girl with leukemia.
The Farmington Chamber of Commerce sponsors a History Makers Hall of Fame presentation on July 3 as part of a trio of events taking place at Gateway Park, along with the food fair and a free Brass Band Concert.
Chamber President and CEO Audra Winters said the History Makers will give a presentation on the history of Farmington, and several people will portray characters from time periods ranging from the pioneer era to modern day.