Battle of the Bands, Safford Lions July Fourth Parade both cancelled

SAFFORD — A pair of July Fourth holiday traditions will not take place this year.

“We are not going to do a Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Safford,” said Chris Gibbs, Safford Lions Club member during an appearance on Voice of the Valley on KATO Radio.

“There still will be fireworks at the county fairgrounds,” he continued. “There won’t be any use of the bleachers. If you go out to the county fairgrounds, just find yourself a spot and park; hopefully we can work all that out. But the fireworks are on; we’ve contracted for a significant show, so it should be pretty good.”

The other event cancelled was the Battle of the Bands. However, Double R Communications owner Reed Richins said an event that’s been delayed since March will still take place — he’s just not sure when.

“We will put on the finals for Gila Valley Idol when it’s OK for us all to gather again,” he said.