It is now official: the Parks and Recreation Department's upcoming Fourth of July celebration will not feature fireworks of any sort, or an in-the-air light show, or any other off-the-ground attraction.
"The light show idea was just too cost-prohibitive," interim Town Manager Kelly Udall said. "The Valley company we talked to wanted $70,000 to bring it up here. But we are extending the concert by another hour."
Here is the final and official Independence Day schedule:
3 p.m. The freedom party begins with family-fun games and face painting in the grassy amphitheater. Both children and adults are invited to join in the fun by playing rounds of leap frog and participating in tortilla-tosses, gunny-sack races and tug-of-war competitions.
5 p.m. The action will shift to the lake, where the Rim Country Rotary Club will hold its Fifth Annual Mountain Duck Race Firequacker. Ducks can be "adopted" for $5 each, $30 for a 10-pack, and $40 for 100. The ducks will compete for up to $12,050 in prize money, and the proceeds will go to scholarships and several local charities.
7 to 10 p.m. Stake your spot in the grass for a free concert by the country-music band Western Bred, who'll perform in the GVP ramada.
For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 7.