Party in the Park celebrates Independence Day

There was something for everyone at Brookside Park as families celebrated the holiday with activities such as water balloon fights and a skateboarding competition

Hannah Grover
Tylano Watchman, left, gets hit with a water balloon as Shane St. John hits targets with his water gun on Monday during Freedom Days' Party in the Park at Brookside Park in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — With activities ranging from bungee trampolines and live music to water balloon fights and a skateboarding competition, there was something for everyone at Brookside Park today.

The annual Party in the Park, which was part of Farmington's Freedom Days celebration, provided fun for people for all ages.

Kodie Johnson, of La Plata, took her children, 2-month-old Noah and 6-year-old Kylie, to the event for the first time.

"It's nice to have big gatherings," Johnson said. "I like to have big gatherings on holidays. That's how it should be."

Participants race to gather water balloons during a water balloon fight on Monday as part of Freedom Days' Party in the Park at Brookside Park in Farmington.

Kylie eagerly waited for the water balloon fight, which included about 10,000 water balloons.

Families lined up on either side of the balloons and waited for Farmington City Councilor Sean Sharer to signal it was time to start.

When Sharer finished counting down, families ran to the center, grabbed water balloons and began pelting each other with their arsenal as water flew everywhere, occasionally hitting the spectators.

The water balloon fight was just one of the activities for children at Party in the Park.

Miyana Denarend flies high in the air on a bungee trampoline harness on Monday during Freedom Days' Party in the Park at Brookside Park in Farmington.

Earlier in the day, Elysia Alley, 4, bounced on a trampoline with bungee cords strapped to her, which helped her bounce higher as her grandparents, Connie and Mike Alley, watched from the ground.

"She's a daredevil," the grandfather bragged as Elysia bounced on the trampoline. "She really likes to go high."

The Alleys have lived in Farmington for more than 40 years and remember taking their children to Freedom Days celebrations like Party in the Park.

"We just always come to Party in the Park," Connie Alley said. "It's a tradition."

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.