After a year of canceled events and quarantining, Independence Day events around the East Mountains and Estancia Valley are back on schedule for the most part.
On July 2, Mountainair will kick off its annual Jubilee with a block party on Main Street starting at 8 p.m., when Al Hurricane Jr. will be performing his first post-Covid in-person concert. Some food vendors will be onsite, as well as Kilt Check Brewing with three different brews for people to try. The block party is free.
On July 3, the Ray Clark Memorial Parade will start at 10 a.m. Line-up for participants starts at 9 a.m. on Limit Avenue. During the parade, a “Wet Zone” will be available behind the highway barricade at the elementary school for visitors to get soaked by the Mountainair Fire Department.
At the Chavez Memorial Park starting at 11 a.m. there will be jumpers, food vendors, a root beer chugging contest, a mud volley ball tournament, a flaming hot eating competition, live music, a visit from the new Congresswoman, and Fear Factor games.
From 11 a.m. to 3 pm. there will be a car show in the parking lot of the Salinas National Monument office. The theme is honoring the history of the transportation used over time to visit Salinas. Cars attending vary from classic to modern and everything in between. The car show is free for spectators but there is an entry fee to enter a car into the show. For more information about entering call 505-847-2585. There will be local prizes donated by local businesses as well as cash prizes.
On July 3, there will be a block party at Buttercrust Pizza starting at 10 a.m. and going on “until they shut us down,” according to a social media post from the business. There will be live music, cars, vendors, food and drinks available.
On July 3 the Moriarty Lion’s Club will be hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Lion’s Club from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast. There will also be a parade starting at 9 a.m., with lineup for participants is at 7:30 a.m. behind Tillery Chevrolet in Moriarty. There will be no fireworks display because of the drought.
On July 3, Founder’s Ranch is having a celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will host a three-way shootout competition between Public Safety Officers, Cowboys, and Outlaws.
Public Safety Officers from various departments including law enforcement and the fire department will shoot against single action shooters (Cowboys) or against anyone (Outlaws). They will be competing for fastest shot at a target paying homage to the Old West style shoot outs. In addition, they will be offering breakfast and lunch. There will also be a flag ceremony, Civil War re-enactments, a gun fighter show at the end of the day, a water balloon fight with officers and a slip-and-slide with the Torrance County Fire Department. Founder’s Ranch will also be open for business on July 4 until noon.
On July 3 at Arthur Park there will be an Independence Day celebration from noon to dusk. There will be live music performed by Paul Pino and Tone Daddys from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. DJ Melanie Gallegos will provide music. Food will be available for sale provided by the American Legion Post 22. The Estancia Rotary Club will be hosting a horseshoe tournament from 12-1 p.m. There will also be vendors. A fireworks display will start at dusk.