Thousands of Douglas residents celebrated Independence Day, on Thursday, July 4.

G Avenue was lined with people for the parade which began around 10 a.m. and featured nearly 40 entries.

The parade lasted an estimated 45 minutes and included local businesses and organizations who took time to participate.

First place went to the American Legion Riders; second place was the Cochise Shrine Club and Tata Ruben’s Kettle Corn float came in third.

Following the parade residents moved over to Veteran’s Memorial Park where they enjoyed the afternoon with family and friends while taking part in the festivities.

There were games for the kids, swimming, a home run derby as well as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in addition to musical entertainment.

The highlight of the day came shortly before 8:30 p.m. when approximately 400 rounds of fireworks were launched high into the cloudy night sky.

Lt. Matt King, public information officer for the Douglas Fire Department said his department was busy that day with EMS calls. Fortunately, none of them were fireworks related and no fires were reported during that period.

Jamilette Barrios, public information officer for the Douglas Police Department said her department responded to 28 calls for service and that three arrests were made, one of which was for DUI.

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