Small Nevada towns celebrate holiday with style

Nevada’s scattered small towns observe the national birthday on July 4 in ways that reflect their individual heritage, yet incorporate activities traditional across the country.

Friendly and inclusive, these communities welcome visitors exploring the broad, largely unpopulated expanses of the Silver State.

It is not too late to arrange lodgings or decide upon a camping pace so you can participate in after-dark festivities, including the fireworks set off almost universally.

In Southern Nevada, the urban Las Vegas Valley boasts many well-advertised events, especially fireworks, sure to be spectacular but crowded.

Many people prefer the fireworks offered in Laughlin, where for the 19th year, the resort community on the Colorado River stages “Rockets Over the River” after dark. Observers watching the free show from Laughlin’s River Walk will observe beautiful fireworks reflected in the water set off to patriotic music played simultaneously from all the major hotels.

Smaller communities offer laid-back events with old-time appeal for July 4.

Boulder City’s annual Damboree includes a hometown parade, community barbecue, games and contests during the day and fireworks when it is dark enough.

Bring blankets or chairs to set up for the show.

Pahrump Valley plans the “We the People” Jubilee as a patriotic tribute on July 3-4. Fireworks displays light up the night skies on July 3 and July 4 at 9:15 p.m.

On July 3, events include daytime games, followed by a picnic at 4 p.m. in Petrack Park. Groups bring their own food and blankets to sit upon during the fireworks.

On July 4, the Pahrump Nugget hosts a play, games, a beer garden and entertainment, followed by the fireworks and a crowd hose-down by a fire truck.

In Moapa Valley, folks from Logandale, Overton, Glendale and Moapa gather in the evening of July 4 at the Clark County Fair Grounds.

They indulge in the fare offered at a community barbecue before finding seats in the rodeo stands for the fireworks show.

In Central Nevada, Tonopah commemorates the nation’s birthday with a downtown parade, followed by a day filled with foot races and a softball tournament at the Tonopah Sports Complex.

Live music and a barbecue precede the fireworks at nightfall.

Folks from neighboring towns such as Goldfield and Round Mountain often join the Tonopah celebration.

To the north, because historic Austin’s annual Gridley Days in June claim most of the volunteer fervor, many from Austin head for Round Mountain or Eureka for July 4.

Battle Mountain sponsors a parade and games in the park, followed by fireworks. In Eureka, the local volunteer fire department plans the annual homespun parade, street games, community barbecue and fireworks.

Ely plans a full weekend of activities July 4-5. Activities begin with a community breakfast at the Bristlecone Convention Center.

The popular patriotic parade begins at 11 a.m. The Sagebrush Quilters’ annual show takes place in the Centennial Fine Arts Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend events include the Renaissance Village and a Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament.

The undisputed high point of the holiday in Ely is the special train along the historic Nevada Northern Railway tracks featuring a barbecue before passengers board and fireworks observed from the train, the best seats in the county. Call the Nevada Northern Railway for tickets at (775) 289-2085 or arrange online. For barbecue and train ride, fares cost $42 for adults and $25 for children. Passengers opting for train ride alone pay $28 for adults and $16 for children.

Elko celebrates July 4 and the National Basque Festival on the same weekend. Contact the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority for details at (775) 738-4091 or the Elko Basque Club at (775) 738-5816.

Elsewhere in Elko County, the remote mountain town of Jarbridge plans its popular homegrown July 4 events.

Virginia City includes July 4 in a busy schedule of events honoring its own 150 years. Plan on a noon parade and a 6 p.m. concert followed by fireworks.

Margo Bartlett Pesek’s column appears on Sundays.

5 albums to soundtrack your holiday gatherings in style
1. Various Artists, “Holidays Rule," with Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico and more. 2. Various Artists, “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year," with Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Chuck Billy and others. 3. Various Artists, “Christmas on Death Row," featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to name but a few. 4. Bright Eyes, “A Christmas Album.” 5. Various Artists, "The Motown Christmas Album." (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WinterFest in Henderson.
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show
The 28 women contestants of Miss Rodeo America compete in a fashion show at the Tropicana on Dec. 7, 2018.
Tournament Of Kings Holiday Show
Wizards and warriors are ready for the holidays at Excalibur's Tournament of Kings Holiday Dinner Show.
Take a dive with the Silverton mermaids
A visit to the Silverton Casino Hotel is not complete without taking in the popular, and very unique, mermaid show.
Cowboys and western aficionados can buy virtually anything at Cowboy Christmas
Vegas Golden Knights Christmas Display
In the Las Vegas Valley, the chances of getting a white Christmas are slim. But this year, you can have a “Knight” Christmas. A Henderson resident has a Christmas lights display that is synchronized to the entrance music for the Golden Knights. GG Misa’s Knights light show is played every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 nightly. His light show consists of two songs: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the entrance music, “Le Castle Vania,” from the movie “John Wick.” The display is located at 730 Bollons Island St. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Reivew-Journal)
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez is Just in Time For Repeal Day And Christmas
Holiday Hooch At El Cortez Is Just In Time For Repeal Day And Christmas. Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal
TV's LGBT superheroes
Green Valley Ranch's Winter's Village
The Mob Museum
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Quick Chat With Criss Angel
James D. Gish and Susan Anton rehearse
Susan Anton will be special guest at James D. Gish’s holiday concerts Dec. 7 at Summerlin Library and Dec. 9 at Clark County Library. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Winter Wonderland
"Majestic Holiday Magic" at the Bellagio Conservatory.
Underwater Santa At The Silverton
Santa takes a dive Sunday, December 2, at the Silverton Casino Hotel. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Cowabunga Bay Christmas Town
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which opened in 1991, has exhibits of mechanical dinosaurs and taxidermied animals, along with live snakes, fish and sharks. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Magical Forest Lights
Cirque Du Soleil Performers Team Up For New Show "Kinekt"
Through dance, acrobatics and aerial arts, “Kinekt” tells a story all too familiar to modern families: how to maintain a human connection in the digital age. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
The Pinball Hall of Fame was created by Tim Arnold and opened in 2006. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
Trainer Lou “Mack” McCammon guides several rescue dogs through a series of tricks and jumps two shows a day weekends through December at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Buddy V - Sep 21 Confidante
Famous Infinity Mirror Room is open in Las Vegas
Yayoi Kusama's "Aftermath of Obliteration of Infinity" mirror room is open at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Glittering Lights dazzles Las Vegas
The Glittering Lights holiday display is shining at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Mat Luschek/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Skybar at Waldorf Astoria lets you sip your way through Las Vegas history
Skybar At Waldorf Astoria Lets You Sip Your Way Through Las Vegas History (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Stan Lee in Las Vegas for Madame Tussauds unveiling
Stan Lee Las Vegas speaks with the Review-Journal's Chris Lawrence about his love for his fans and shared universes. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ultimate Belgium Waffle Sundae at Lavo
Lavo at the Palazzo serves a 16-scoop ice cream sundae that costs $800. (Rochelle Ricahrds, Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A New Zip Line Is Opening On The Las Vegas Strip
A New Zip Line Is Opening On The Las Vegas Strip (Janna Karel lLas Vegas Review-Journal)
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen
Video for parties
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
People participated in the 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run which raises cubs for Opportunity Village.
World Holidays Exhibit At The Natural History Museum
Migratory Bird Day teaches adults and kids to celebrate birds
Different organizations offered activities for kids and adults to learn about birds and celebrate their migration journey at Sunset Park. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon
"Jackson: The Red Rock Canyon Burro" is a children's book about Red Rock Canyon (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Interfaith Amigos speak in Las Vegas
Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like