Ladies and gentlemen, start your … ducks?

With Independence Day just a week away, festivities around the Arkansas Valley have begun to take shape, and everything from firework shows to duck races are on the schedule. The events listed here are scheduled to take place on July 4.

Rocky Ford

The Rocky Ford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Fourth of July Duck Race at the Catlin Canal.

The ducks are scheduled to be released at the bridge over Catlin Ditch at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per duck, and proceeds benefit the Rocky Ford fireworks fund. Prizes will be presented to the first, second and last place finishers.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 254-7483.

As of press time, the decision about whether there would be a fireworks show had yet to be made. Check out the La Junta Tribune-Democrat for the latest information.

Ordway

Edward C. Chavez Veterans Park will play host to Ordway’s Fourth of July event, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. and continue until 9. Hosted by the Town of Ordway, the event will feature two Classic Rock bands.

Night Shift will lead off, playing from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Mid-Life Crisis will then take over at 5 p.m., playing until 9 p.m.

Festivities also include a free potluck, courtesy of the town, as well as a splash pad, two bounce houses, slip-n-slide and cornhole games. The climax will be a the fireworks show, set to begin around dusk.

La Junta

The annual Wet/Dry parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Second Street and San Juan Avenue. For safety reasons, no water balloons will be allowed.

The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at dusk at the La Junta Kids Rodeo Grounds, 27150 Harris Rd.

Las Animas

An Independence Day pyrotechnic display is scheduled to commence around dusk at the Las Animas High School football field, 300 Grove Ave.

Old Bent’s Fort National Historic Site

The National Park Service is hosting an Old-Fashioned Fourth celebration, where patrons can enjoy everything from black powder firing demonstrations, orations, games, and refreshments during an event that will mimic a July 4 celebration in the 1840s.

The unique experience starts at 8 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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