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A pair of local children navigate a festively-decorated dune buggie through the Fourth of July Parade Monday morning on Main Street. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

A pair of local children navigate a festively-decorated dune buggie through the Fourth of July Parade Monday morning on Main Street. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Artesia joined the nation in celebrating the 240th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Monday with a parade, recreational events, barbecues and more, all culminating in a professional fireworks display at Jaycee Park.

Fireworks explode in the sky during a professional display produced by J&M Displays of Colorado Monday evening at Jaycee Park. (Elizabeth Lewis - Daily Press)

Fireworks explode in the sky during a professional display produced by J&M Displays of Colorado Monday evening at Jaycee Park. (Elizabeth Lewis – Daily Press)

  • 07-04 Firemens Olympics

    A member of one of the area’s volunteer fire departments works to loosen a valve on a fire hydrant Monday during the annual Firefighters’ Olympics at Jaycee Park. Several fire departments competed in agility-testing events, including this one, which tested teams’ speed in connecting a hose to a hydrant as they controlled the water stream in order to hit a target several yards away. (Elizabeth Lewis - Daily Press)

  • 7-5-4TH-Golf1

    Despite temperatures that climbed into the 100s, Artesians eager to celebrate the Fourth of July outdoors took advantage of a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the city. Above, Jim Moor watches hit putt on No. 18 as teammates, from left, Jeff Davis, Martin Green, Jeff Willingham and Bradley Davis look on during the Firecracker Golf Scramble Monday at the Artesia Country Club. Out of view is team member Ridge Bowden. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

  • 7-5-4TH-Volleyball

    Rob Morrisey sends a spike over the net to seal the set during the coed volleyball tournament at Jaycee Park. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)