In Bisbee, more than 100 years celebration of freedom will be burst — quite literally — with history and family fun, this year for its Fourth of July celebration.
The activities begin at 8 a.m. with a coaster race, a tradition that dates back up until World War II.
In the early days, racers travel down a road on two-man sleds. One person steered the race car while the other served as a brakeman.These non-motorized sleds would reach speeds topping 50 miles an hour as they raced down the canyon toward the finish line.
Today, these non-motorized coasters are operated by one person — typically a teenager — and never exceed about 30 miles an hour.
“Keeping with tradition, coaster races will blast off down Tombstone Canyon Road,” said Jen Luria, Bisbee Visitor Center tourism manager.
There will also be a water slide at Vista Park opening at 10 a.m.
A parade will follow in Warren by the Bisbee Rotary. This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Birds of Southeastern Arizona.”
Another continuing Bisbee custom during the Fourth of July is the hard-rock drilling and mucking competition.
“Our famous tradition of having fun with the miners of hard-rock drilling and mucking is back in the Gulch,” Luria said.
The competitive sport was once a way of life around mining towns, especially Bisbee.
Between the late 19th century and early 20th century, this specific technique — which involved miners known as drillers — was used to excavate hard minerals, like ore containing gold, silver, iron, copper, zinc, nickel, tin and lead. Hard-rock…
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