Fireworks, parties and parades are expected across Otero County this Fourth of July weekend.
The annual fireworks display over Alamogordo is back in the hands of the New Mexico Museum of Space History which is also holding its first Big Bang Festival from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on July 2 at the Otero County Fairgrounds.
The event will feature rocket building, trash can launches, space suit exhibits, live music, food vendors, educational demonstrations and other activities from the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Spaceport America and Sunspot.
Admission is free for those under age 18. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is also free for Space Hall of Fame members. Admission is $15 for non-Space Hall of Fame members.
To become a member visit www.spacehalloffame.org or call 575-437-2840.
This year's July 4 parade is being presented by the Alamogordo Center for Commerce and will take the usual route from Oregon Avenue to 10th Street to New York Avenue in Alamogordo beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4.
The theme this year is "America the Beautiful."
The Alamogordo Center for Commerce is accepting entries for the parade until June 30. To enter in the parade visit alamogordo.com or call 575-437-6120.
Beginning at 9:15 p.m., the skies over Alamogordo will be lit by fireworks from the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
The fireworks are expected to be viewable from almost anywhere in Alamogordo. Tune radios to Your Country 105.3 FM KZZX to listen in to the patriotic music played in coordination with the display.
Alamogordo is not the only place in Alamogordo where patriotic celebrations will take place.
The Mescalero Apache Ceremonial and Rodeo is from July 1 to July 4. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children over age 5, and children under 5 get in free.
The rodeo begins at 1 p.m. each day.
The event includes free daily lunch and dinner, non-Mescalero dances, traditional and non-traditional activities, arts and crafts and food vendors.
Nightly during the event will be Dance of the Apache Maidens and Dance of the Mountain Gods.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on July 2, is the 42nd Annual Mescalero Celebration Parade with this year's theme being "Every Child Matters."
For more information about the ceremonial call Mescalero Apache Tribe at 575-464-4494 and for more information about the rodeo, call Cloyce Salazar at 575-464-9878.
In Cloudcroft the 40th July Jamboree annual arts and crafts show at Zenith Park begins at 10 a.m. on July 2 and closes at 5 p.m. and on July 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event is put on by the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce.
From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on July 2 is the Cloudcroft July 4th Street Dance on Burro Avenue which is also put on by the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Burro Avenue on July 4 will be the Cloudcroft July 4th Parade.
Nicole Maxwell can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 575-415-6605 or on Twitter at @nicmaxreporter.
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