ON THE BEAT: Boulder City copy editor offers observations of city’s July Fourth Parade

The View’s Boulder City newspaper added John Maltby to its staff as copy editor in early June. Maltby attended the city’s Fourth of July parade, his first visit to the town since joining the Boulder City View, and filed the following report on his impressions.

Having lived in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years, I had visited Boulder City about a half-dozen times, usually just passing through while taking out-of-town friends and relatives to see Hoover Dam. I always liked clean, green Boulder City for its small-town atmosphere and iron-clad commitment to never becoming a mini-Las Vegas (no casino gambling and no strip joints, for example, continuing the family-friendly policies put in place by the federal government when Boulder City was born more than 75 years ago). When I attended the Fourth of July parade, I was reminded again why I find Boulder City so endearing. On the main drag named Nevada Way, a visitor finds bunched together the Flamingo Inn, Desert Inn Motel and Sands Motel — all named for iconic casino-hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. It says a great deal about the difference in mindset between Las Vegas and Boulder City that B.C. still has its half-century-old versions of the Flamingo, D.I. and Sands, while Las Vegas has imploded two of its three. Boulder City’s Fourth of July parade was classic Americana with every citizen given an opportunity to primp a car, truck, motorcycle or golf cart in red, white and blue and join in the show. Participants this year ranged from two sedans carrying a handful of older gentlemen representing former American Prisoners of War to a lawn care company’s truck towing an equipment cage loaded with two mowers and a weed whacker. God bless America!

—John Maltby/Photo by John Maltby

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