It happens every year, and every year it’s enjoyable. And it’s been happening in Lincoln County for well over 100 years now, and nationwide for 240 years. It’s the annual 4th of July celebration, with special activities in both Caliente and Alamo.
This year’s events begin on July 1 in Alamo with the kickoff Motorcycle/Quad barrel races at the rodeo grounds area at 7 p.m.
Saturday has a full slate of activities beginning with the Firecracker 5K Color Run, a 4-H shootout at the Meldrum Ranch, Co-ed Volleyball Tournament, 6-7 person teams, and a golf tournament at Coyote Springs. Slip and Slide, free for all ages, at the town park at 1 p.m., Mutton Busting at the rodeo grounds at 7 p.m., followed by a street dance at 8 p.m.
A musical tribute to America will be held as a special event at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the PVHS multi-purpose room.
Monday is the 4th with activities in both towns. Alamo starts things off with a flag raising at the town monument at 7 a.m., a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Price is $5 adult, $3 child or $15 family.
The annual parade is at 9 a.m. with the theme “Aloha America.” Mary Stewart is the Grand Marshal.
Food, crafts, vendors and children’s games will be in the park at 10 a.m. and throughout the day. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament happens at the high school gym starting at 12:30.
An Hawaiian-style dinner takes place in the park at 6 p.m. Prices are $7 adult, $5 child, $30 family.
The fireworks extravaganza happens about 9 p.m. in the park.
The Alamo 4th of July committee, headed by Jamie Jewett asks that all who can help defray the cost of the celebration to please contribute $25 to the special fund at the Pahranagat Valley Credit Union, or mailing a check to 4th of July Committee, P.O. Box 664, Alamo.
Activities in Caliente are handled primarily by the volunteer fire department, according to parade coordinator John Tibbetts, Jr. He said the theme for this year’s celebration is “Let Freedom Ring.” He said a Grand Marshall was expected to be named this week.
The Caliente Fire Department has planned a full schedule on the 4th including a sunrise salute at 6 a.m., firemen’s breakfast at Rose Memorial Park from 6 to 9 a.m. Prices are $5 adult, $3.50 children. The parade lineup at 10:30 takes place behind the Thomas Petroleum bulk plant, the parade down U.S. 93 along Company Row follows at 11 a.m. Kids games follow the parade at Rose Park. A watermelon feast follows the kids games and a money scramble after that.
At 5 p.m., after an afternoon break, will be the softball grudge match between the volunteer fire departments of Pioche and Caliente. The annual fireworks display happens about 9 p.m.
Visit LincolnCountyNevada.com for details on the events, including contact info.