Rose Lanigan - The Caliente Volunteer Fire Department is ready for another Fourth of July celebration. The department has provided over 80 years of service to the community.

Rose Lanigan –
The Caliente Volunteer Fire Department is ready for another Fourth of July celebration. The department has provided over 80 years of service to the community.

The Caliente Volunteer Fire Department invites the community to join them for the Fourth of July as they celebrate over 80 years of service to our community.

The department was founded on June 20, 1935. They have been proudly serving our community providing fire suppression and fire safety education for over 80 years. Their mission is to serve the community with pride, commitment and compassion.

This year Tommy Rowe, Sr. will be the grand marshall. He is a well-known and respected member of the community. With over 30 years of service, Rowe is still an active member of the Caliente Fire Department.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Let Freedom Ring,” and a full schedule of activities is on tap.

The day will start with the customer salute fireworks, which are a set of six very loud booms. “Which is basically the wake-up call for the Caliente Fireman’s breakfast, said fireman John Tibbetts, Jr.. The breakfast is from 6 to 9 a.m. at Rose Memorial Park. Price per plate is $5 per adult and $3.50 for kids 12 and under.

The parade lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. behind Thomas Petroleum, 50 North Spring Street. To participate in the parade, contact Tibbetts at 775-962-1673.

The parade will end at the Dixon Softball Park at approximately 11 a.m. Then the games begin. There will be a variety of foot races for kids. The prizes for the winners of the races are the funds collected by the fire department members from our local businesses and residents.

Then on to the Watermelon Bust, which is basically a ton of free, cut-up watermelon for everyone. “The kids love it, they get all sticky and then that’s why we do the ‘Money Scramble’ after to wash them off,” said Tibbetts.

The Money Scramble follows the Watermelon Bust and is held in the street between the front of the Caliente Elementary School and the park .“We open up the hoses, the kids are put in by age groups. The remainder of the money collected by Caliente Fire Department is thrown into the water and the kids scoop up as much as they can as we hose them down, said Tibbetts. “It’s the highlight of the whole weekend.”

The Softball Grudge Match between the Pioche and Caliente Fire Departments starts at 5 p.m. This yearly rivalry is held every year on the Fourth of July in Caliente and then on Labor Day in Pioche. Trophies are awarded.

As always, a fireworks show will cap off the celebration at 9 p.m.