Highlights from Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration

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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. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The back of a firetruck also does. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

People and dogs arrive at the celebration. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Snow cones were a popular item on a hot day. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Patty, Megan and Steve Perim wear their patriotism on their sleeves—and elsewhere, too. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Higley High football program does some fundraising on-site. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Firefighters work the first aid tent just in case. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left, Tara, Carmella, Daniel and Val Gallardo enjoy some family time. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jesse Alo awaits a pass from his son Keamae. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kids await a flying disc coming in. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lines were long at the food trucks. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

A young girl fetches an errant football. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tim Crow and his daughter Samantha play catch. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left, Maryanne Farkas, Yazjae Jaime, J’nique Jaime and Celine Jaime (chasing the ball) play volleyball. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Allyssa Sanchez poses with her 1-year-old daughter Mila Gabrielli. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

A crowd at Higley High awaits the fireworks. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fireworks at Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration at Higley High. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fireworks at Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration at Higley High. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fireworks at Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration at Higley High. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fireworks at Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration at Higley High. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fireworks at Gilbert’s Fourth of July celebration at Higley High. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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