Happy Birthday America was the theme of the 4th of July celebration held in Alamo last week.

The Ed Higbee family float took home first place at the annual Alamo Fourth of July parade. From left, George Washington, Matthew Leavitt; Martha Washington, Alivia Walch; Abe Lincoln, Daxton Nilson; Mary Todd Lincoln, Myla Walch. (Dave Maxwell photo)

Happy Birthday America was the theme of the 4th of July celebration held in Alamo last week.

An observance the community has been doing for over 100 years had all the trappings of a good old-fashioned flag waving.

Roy and Sally Walch were Grand Marshals of the parade.

Several events, games for the kids, and vendor booths of various kinds were in the town park. A barbeque dinner for all comers was held in the late afternoon, and for the first time in recent memory, a four-piece band, Frantic Favor, from Enterprise, Utah, presented live music. “They stayed after the traditional firework display and played for a dance at the park until about midnight,” she said.

The audience seemed to react and respond very positively to the presence of the band. “I have heard nothing but great things about them,” Jewett said, “everybody wants them to come back next year. We loved them.”

Committeeperson Jamie Jewett said awards for the parade were third place to Linda Looney Clowns, second place PVHS Cheerleaders, and first place to the Ed Higbee family.

Jewett and all the members of the committee want to thank everybody for their help and support. “We appreciate everything they did.”

Caliente presented a day of fun last Friday, kicking off the morning with a Fireman’s breakfast. Some $2,000 was raised from the breakfast, said Steve Rowe, volunteer firefighter and Caliente City Council member.

No grand marshals were named for the parade. But the street was full of families and residents who have made the tradition part of their annual holiday. Local Boy Scouts of America and VFW members carried the flags at the beginning of the march. Mark Holt and Melanie McBride, both running for the County Assessor position, were represented in the parade, along with the Groundshakers motorcycle club, the City of Caliente depot workers, and unique bikes built and ridden by___.

George Rowe, Caliente Fire Chief, thanked City Clerk Kelli Haluzak for all her efforts for the parade, as well as Bill Bradshaw and the Search and Rescue team.

“It was a good turnout,” Haluzak said.

Afterwards, the park filled with chairs, blankets and families as they joined together to watch the annual kids games. The Caliente volunteer fire department raised close near $1350 in change for the kid’s games, where children in various age groups run back and forth in the park receiving money from the volunteers. Rowe thanked all the business that contributed to the games. 

Some local clubs and organizations opened booths selling drinks and snacks to raise money for their group, such as the high school FFA club.

The fire truck came in and the children and visitors all enjoyed the water spray and the watermelon bust, where firefighters trucked in a case of watermelons to cut and share with the attendants.

The annual grudge match between Caliente and Pioche Fire Departments was a tough battle, yet Caliente pulled through for a close win over Pioche, 24-23.

For the grand fireworks display, Caliente BLM, Pioche Fire Department and Nevada Division of Forestry, all assisted with the performance. Some BLM crew members had just returned from battling fires in the Beaver Dam area last week to assist with the games and fireworks.