The City of Yuma once again will host an “Independence Eve” celebration on July 3 at the Jeff Armstrong Ball Park complex.

It will conclude with the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department presenting the annual fireworks show after sundown.

However, first there will be a community celebration beginning at 6 p.m. It will include free hot dogs and watermelon. The Yuma High School Art Club will be doing face painting. There will be an obstacle course sponsored by the Yuma Police Department and Yuma Ambulance Service. The Bank of Colorado is sponsoring a Pie Eating Contest. The Yuma Volunteer Fire Department will host a water gun fight.

It all begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation of colors by the Yuma VFW/American Legion Color Guard. Mayor Ron Swehla and the City of Yuma will give a welcome at 6:05, followed by Dave Hoch playing the trombone at 6:10. Momentum Danceworks will perform at 6:20, and Dance Fuzion at 7. The pie eating contest will be at 6:30.

The Star Spangled Banner will be played at 8 p.m., followed later by the fireworks.

Smithfield also is helping sponsor the evening.


Otis Fourth of July events

The Town of Otis will be having its annual Fourth of July celebration next Thursday.

It begins with the doubles volleyball tournament. Registration is at 7:45 a.m., and the tournament begins at 8:30. Contact Chad Glosson for information and costs at (970) 554-9893.

The Otis Summer Baseball Program will have concessions starting at 8 a.m. with Long Johns, nachos, drinks, chips and candy. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. featuring hamburgers and hot dogs.

All sorts of fun will be taking place around the ball park area. There will be a dunk tank from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids games, sponsored by TBK Bank, are from 1 to 2 p.m. Water balloon fights at the ball park will be from 2 to 3 p.m. The bike parade is 3:30 to 4 p.m. A penny dig held by the Otis Telegraph is at 4, and the Otis Volunteer Fire Department’s meal is at 5 p.m. It will feature Rocky Mountain Oysters, chicken strips and hot dogs. Dessert donations are appreciated.

Ice cream cones provided by the Town of Otis will be available at 6.

The Color Guard will do the National Anthem at dusk, followed by the OVFD’s fireworks show.

Vendors are welcome. The fee is $25. Contact Otis Town Hall at 246-3235, to sign up, or do so in person at 102 S. Washington.