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By EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the second line of the Declaration of Independence.
On Saturday, July 3, 233 years and 364 days after the document was signed, Artesians will gather to celebrate the aforementioned words which have reverberated through time inspiring generations past and present to preserve the liberties Americans enjoy today.
“There will be something for everyone,” said Assistant Director of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce Debbie Bell. “The event was structured for the entire family to enjoy.”
At 8 a.m. prior to the beginning of festivities, a golf scramble will be held at the Artesia Country Club. For registration information, contact the country club at 575-746-2055.
The celebration will commence with a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday in Bulldog Bowl parking lot. According to Bell, the parade will include everything from fire trucks to tractors to floats and local youth groups.
The procession will march down 15th Street, hang a right at Main Street and continue east to Second Street before dismantling.
The Firemen’s Olympics and the Junior Firemen’s Olympics will begin directly following the parade at 10 a.m. in Central Park. All Eddy County firemen, including volunteers, will be eligible to compete in the adult event while children 12 and younger are encouraged to participate in the junior event.

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