Published: 1:54 pm, Wed. Jul. 5th, 2017Updated: 1:52 pm
Artesians celebrated America’s 241st birthday Tuesday with food, fun and, of course, fireworks, braving the warm temperatures to partake in a variety of outdoor activities. After enjoying the annual Fourth of July parade along Main Street, residents dispersed to one of the many recreational sporting events happening around town, the Splash Pad at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex for a little cool-down, or just their own backyards, and by the afternoon, the smell of charcoal was prevalent as Artesians grilled up an Independence Day feast. The main event took place at 9 p.m. at Jaycee Park in the form of a dazzling display of fireworks, pictured above, by J&M Displays of Colorado. Set to an eclectic soundtrack of pop, country, rock and patriotic tunes, residents enjoyed the show, then put on a few of their own at home. Pictured below, Artesia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton served as Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade, accompanied by wife Carrie. At right, members of the Artesia Police Department Color Guard carry the stars and stripes down Main Street.