1 HAVE A DAMBOREE GOOD TIME: Festivities to celebrate our nation’s independence start early today (7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in Bicentennial Park) and continue until well after sundown. They include a parade through downtown, which starts at 9 a.m.; midway games, food and fun in Broadbent Park, which begin immediately after the parade; and festivities in Veterans’ Memorial Park, which begin at 4 p.m. The fireworks show is planned for 9 p.m. For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/2LipTu4.
1 SHOOT FOR THE STARS: Join rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area to hear stories about the stars. Then, gather ’round the telescopes to view Saturn, Jupiter and other celestial objects. The program begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, 10 Lakeshore Road. Call 702-293-8990 for more information.
1 SPLISH SPLASH: You can take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at noon today at the Boulder City Pool, 861 Avenue B. To help spread the message that swimming lessons save lives, a 30-minute lesson will be taught at more than 600 locations around the world, including Boulder City, during a 24-hour period. There is no cost to participate; registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
1 SEE HAPPY: Paintings, drawings and etchings by Marion “Happy” Hoekenga are featured this month in Boulder City Art Guild’s Gallery inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Hoekenga will be at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday to speak with people about her art. Refreshments will be served.
1 GO FISHIN’: Grab your rod and reel, then get ready to cast your line for Free Fishing Day on Saturday. As part of National Fishing and Boating Week, locals are welcome to fish for free (no license required) at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1650 Buchanan Blvd., or at Lakes Mead and Mohave. Activities are planned at the park from 7:30-11 a.m.
1 TASTE OF NASHVILLE: Australian singer-songwriter Grayson, who now calls Nashville home, will perform at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co. on Friday. He recently put the finishing touches on his newest album, “Window Dreams,” and last year he released “Margarita,” a country-pop tune about the sweet and salty drink. The free show is from 8-11 p.m. The brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.
1 FINGER LICKING GOOD: The Best Dam Barbecue Challenge returns for its 15th incarnation to Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. Friday, with the majority of the competition and activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 barbecue teams are expected to compete for cash and trophies. Children can compete as well in the Kids Que contest. There also will be a car show, a rib eating contest, food vendors, a kids zone and a marketplace. Admission is free. Visit https://www.bestdambarbecue.com for more information.
1 NORWEGIAN SPECIALTIES: Get a taste of Norway without a passport. Local members of the Sons of Norway will host a Syttende Mai celebration Friday in Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St. The event celebrates Norway’s constitution and includes a free-will grill, activities for children and parade that is expected to include a replica Viking ship. The event gets underway at 5 p.m., with the parade starting at 7 p.m.
1 TALE OF OUR CITY: Boulder City’s history and efforts to preserve it will highlight a day full of activities Saturday. Historic Preservation Day begins at 9 a.m. with an informational session at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building, 600 Nevada Way, and concludes well after dark at The Dillinger Food and Drinkery’s annual block party on Arizona Street. Events and locations can be visited in any order. For a full schedule, visit http://www.bcnv.org.