By Gina Smith
July 15, 2011

This year’s 4th of July celebration in Caliente started with the traditional 6 a.m. explosive wake up call, courtesy of the Caliente Volunteer Fire Department.

Family and friends gathered around for the best deal in town for the day, the fireman’s breakfast, featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and coffee or juice.

After breakfast, a packed street enjoyed the 4th of July parade. A tribute to our flag was courtesy of Boys Scouts of America.

In the float category, Agape Baptist Church gave a nod to remembering 9/11 and The Groundshakers motorcycle club showed off their patriotic-themed bikes.

The parade was graced with decorated bicycles, classic cars, four-wheelers and rhinos. Ms. Lincoln County Fair, Joy Wadsworth, also rode in the parade.

Afterwards, kids games, money scramble, and watermelon bust drew lots of kids and adults alike.

The Fire Department held a grudge match between Pioche and Caliente.  Caliente was handed the competition by a marginal win.

In spite of the Fire Department being called out on a fire in the middle of the festivities, fun was had by all.

The night was topped off by a fabulous fireworks display, also drawing a packed park to view the festivities.

Chalk this 4th of July celebration a success, proving the months of planning and hard work paid off.