Fourth of July to go off with a bang

Gary Mitchell

Portales’ annual fireworks show is back in town.
After several years of shows at the softball complex just west of the city, Portales will sponsor a fireworks display at sundown Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University practice field across from Greyhound Arena on campus.
“We’ve moved the fireworks show back into town,” said Pat Willis, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce manager. “A lot of people requested that it come back to town, and Dr. (Steven) Gamble allowed us to come back to ENMU. We really appreciate that.”
Willis said no alcohol will be permitted at the event.
That’s just one of several holiday events scheduled this weekend in the region.
Muleshoe’s July Fourth celebration will begin with “The Endurance of Freedom Parade” at 10 a.m. (CDT) Friday.
Residents will also celebrate the community Civic Center’s 25th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT) at the Civic Center, 2206 American Blvd., said Jan Thompson with the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce.
“The festivities will feature the Double D Band, arts and crafts booths, Jennyslippers’ Mule Putt Golf, a pioneer reunion, a muleshoe pitching contest, water polo and a kid’s tractor pull contest,” she said.
A two-day softball tournament will be held at the Muleshoe City Park, Thompson said.
In the evening, 184 Christ and the Double D Phantom Band will perform in a Concert in the Park from 7 to 10 p.m. (CDT), followed by the fireworks display at the city park.
In Melrose, members of the Melrose Fire Department will begin serving hamburgers to the community about 5 p.m. Friday, and the department’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display will begin about 8:30 p.m., said Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs.
“We’ll let the children shoot off their fireworks first, and then we’ll start the actual fireworks display afterward,” he said. “The fire department will be there supervising the children. We have a lot of fun. The fire department sponsors the event, but we do receive donations from area businesses and individuals to help pay for the fireworks.”
And in Clovis, three-time Grammy Award nominee Holly Dunn will perform in concert during the Smoke on the Water Fourth of July Celebration in Greene Acres Park.
“Holly Dunn will be singing at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display,” said Liz Eisenbraun, events coordinator for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “If people want to make a day of it, there will be food vendors and games at the park from about 4 p.m. And we’ll have Scooby Doo there dressed in patriotic clothing.”