Highlights from Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High School.

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High School.

Gilbert celebrated America's 243rd birthday with food trucks, family time and fireworks at Higley High School.

The front of a firetruck makes for a good place to take pictures of kids.[/caption]

The back of a firetruck also does.[/caption]

People and dogs arrive at the celebration.[/caption]

Snow cones were a popular item on a hot day.[/caption]

Patty, Megan and Steve Perim wear their patriotism on their sleeves—and elsewhere, too.[/caption]

The Higley High football program does some fundraising on-site.[/caption]

Firefighters work the first aid tent just in case.[/caption]

From left, Tara, Carmella, Daniel and Val Gallardo enjoy some family time.[/caption]

Jesse Alo awaits a pass from his son Keamae.[/caption]

Kids await a flying disc coming in.[/caption]

Lines were long at the food trucks.[/caption]

A young girl fetches an errant football.[/caption]

Tim Crow and his daughter Samantha play catch.[/caption]

From left, Maryanne Farkas, Yazjae Jaime, J'nique Jaime and Celine Jaime (chasing the ball) play volleyball.[/caption]

Allyssa Sanchez poses with her 1-year-old daughter Mila Gabrielli.[/caption]

A crowd at Higley High awaits the fireworks.[/caption]

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High.[/caption]

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High.[/caption]

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High.[/caption]

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High.[/caption]

Fireworks at Gilbert's Fourth of July celebration at Higley High.[/caption]
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.