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By CNJ Staff 

Patriotic showcase


File photo Clovis' annual fireworks display will begin 8:45 p.m. at Greene Acres Park.

There will be several celebrations in the area Wednesday in celebration of Independence Day:

Annual Smoke on the Water Fireworks Display

File photo

Clovis' annual fireworks display will begin 8:45 p.m. at Greene Acres Park.

  • When: 2 p.m. live music, 8:45 p.m. fireworks
  • Where: Greene Acres Park, Clovis
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Around park. Portions of 21st, Main and Mitchell streets will be closed starting at 1 p.m.
  • Food venders: Yes
  • Alcohol allowed: No
  • Personal fireworks: No
  • Fundraising update: The Smoke on the Water fireworks fund was at approximately $20,000 Monday afternoon. The goal is $25,000.
  • Event history: Smoke on the Water was started by Taco Box's Tom Martin in 1995. Since 2007, local broadcasters Rooney and Moon and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce present the show.

Event schedule

  • 2 p.m. — Live music begins on the main stage. (Six local bands)
  • 8 p.m. — Will Banister and the Mulberry Band takes the main stage.
  • 8:45 p.m. — Fireworks start
  • Information: Morgan at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at 763-3435.

Portales fireworks display

  • When: 4 p.m. activities start; 9 p.m. fireworks
  • Where: West of Greyhound Arena.
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Arena parking lot
  • Food venders: Yes
  • Prohibited: Alcohol, personal fireworks
  • Information contact: Karl Terry 356-8541

Event schedule

  • 4 p.m. — Activities begin with food vendors and DJ music.
  • 5:15 p.m. — Fusion Funk will perform in costume.
  • 6 p.m. — Everyday Mustache takes stage.
  • 7:15 p.m. — Fusion Funk performs, Andy Mason and Don Thomas will take over the stage until the fireworks begin.
  • 9 p.m. — Fireworks begin.

Fort Sumner fireworks display

  • When: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Sumner Lake
  • Cost: Regular entrance fee
  • Viewing area: Eastside shore
  • Food vendors: No
  • Alcohol allowed: Yes
  • Personal fireworks: No
  • Information: Raymond Drake 575-355-2541

Muleshoe July 4th celebration

  • When: 10 a.m. (CDT) parade, Fireworks 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fireworks are at the new city park
  • Cost: Free
  • Alcohol allowed: No
  • Personal fireworks: No

Event schedule

  • 10 a.m. — Parade, Main Street
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Senior citizen brisket dinner, adults $8 children 10 and under $5.
  • 11 a.m. — Hot dog eating contest, courthouse
  • After parade — Car show, call Todd at 806-336-5422 for more information.
  • 7 p.m. — Kids games, booths and entertainment, city park

Weather forecast for Wednesday

Partly sunny with the highs in the lower 90s during the day, turning partly cloudy in the evening with overnight lows in the mid-60s, according to Amanda Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

Five patriotic songs Rooney Moon Broadcasting will play for the Smoke on the Water fireworks soundtrack on Q101.5 FM:

  • "God Bless the USA," Lee Greenwood
  • "Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen
  • "Star Spangled Banner," Whitney Houston
  • "Living in America," James Brown
  • "God Bless America," Celion Deon

Why a red, white and blue flag?

White signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; Blue, vigilance, perseverance and justice.


— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Christina Gonzales


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