Mary Cordle photos
The City of Caliente celebrated the Fourth of July in a big way on Tuesday with its annual parade in the morning, followed by a day full of fun leading up to the big fireworks show.

The traditional boom kicked off Caliente’s annual 4th of July celebration of freedom and summer fun. Next was the firemen’s breakfast at Rose Memorial Park, featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee.

By 10 a.m. the streets were lining up with chairs for the parade. People were visiting and meeting those who had come home for the day, and kids were playing as they waited for the parade and candy tossing to start. Meanwhile, the VFW came by and handed out flags to the kids.

In the parade, first came the VFW Color Guards, followed by the Ladies Auxiliary, fire trucks, businesses passed by, and all threw out candy and ice pops from the floats.

The Caliente Pool float was filled with lifeguards, and Lynn’s Auto Center and Summer Fun had kids and water shooters to help keep the crowd cool. In the midst of the parade a train rolled through town, and people commented on how neat it was for that to happen during the parade.

As more fire trucks passed, they stopped and helped more kids onto the trucks. At the tail end of the parade was Josh Jones in his tire spinning car leaving a trail of smoke.

Then it was off to the park for fun and game for the kids, a baseball game, watermelon and ending with a firework display.

Thanks to our Volunteer Fire Department for all you do for the community you did a awesome job today ( and everyday) their wives and kids who support them in their job, all who entered the parade and a huge thank to our veterans. Without you we wouldn’t be celebration this day.

OH! Someone turned forty. We’ll leave that to you to figure out.