It’s July 4th in Boulder City and what’s the best way to spend the day the American way?
Get up bright and early and head to Bicentennial Park for the free 7 a.m. Rotary Pancake Breakfast. While you’re at the Pancake Breakfast, there’s a good chance you’ll get to visit with local politicians and dignitaries. With a Damboree theme of “This Is Our Country”, floats will proudly travel the 9 a.m. parade route that begins at Colorado Street, down Nevada Highway to Fifth Street, to Central Park at Avenue B and 5th Street. Parade applications are available on the City of Boulder City website at www.bcnv.org, at the Parks and Recreation Department and BC Chamber.
The Dummkopf Comedy Band that often performs in Boulder City joined our parade for the first time last year. I would like to share a letter with you from Brian Firth of the Dummkopf Comedy Band:
“Dear Damboree Committee:
The Dummkopf Comedy Band really wants to thank you for letting us participate in your 4th of July Damboree Celebration. We have been performing for these types of events for over 20 years and must say, without a doubt, your Boulder City Parade is by far the best organized and most pleasurable.
We have become accustomed to having chaos at the parade booth, no parade numbers in the street, no parking for support personnel, plus the actual parade starting 30 minutes to 90 minutes late, then finally getting underway to sporadic onlookers mostly just on one side of the route.
Your organizers were absolutely on the ball. The parade started promptly and kept moving, and the Boulder City crowd was phenomenal.
Please use us again.
Sincerely, Brian Firth”
To the Damboree Committee, parade participants and spectators, kudos to you for your continuing efforts to make Boulder City’s 4th of July Damboree Parade the best it can be. Thank you for your participation and patronage.
As the parade finishes at Robert Broadbent Memorial Park, the park festivities get under way. This is the time and place for families and class reunions to stake their ground for a day of sharing the time honored 4th of July tradition of spending the day sharing good food and good times in a community park. Kids are already planning the purchases of confetti eggs and silly string, corn dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, etc. At 11 a.m. the Damboree Ceremonies and announcements for the winners of the parade will take place in the middle of the upper portion of the park located closest to 5th Street. The Damboree Ceremonies will be followed by local talent. By 2 p.m. you’ll want to gather in this same area of the park for the organized games sponsored by the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department. At 4 p.m., kids will want to put on their bathing suits and head for the pool for the ever popular coin toss. Along with the coins in the pool, there will be specially identified items that can be exchanged for a variety of prizes. Don’t forget, those 21 years of age and older can get cold draft beer from the Damboree Beer wagon.
At 6 p.m. it’s time to relocate to Veterans’ Memorial Park for an evening of ballgames, music, food and fireworks. A limited number of recreational vehicles are allowed to park on the grass at Pratte Soccer fields. Many families have taken advantage of this and expanded their celebration to spend the night at the field. You will need to purchase a permit to take advantage of this opportunity. Those interested should contact Boulder City Parks and Recreation Director Roger Hall at 293-9256. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. A little heads up for those who want to watch the fireworks from within Veterans’ Memorial Park; the past few years, parking has been full by 8 p.m. so if you want a parking spot, please come early. There’s lots of grassy areas to spread out in and the Splash Park will be in full operation. With the exception of one gazebo reserved for Veterans, the remaining gazebos are on a first come, first served basis.
We look forward to seeing you all for the festivities. For more information on this event or to find out how you can further support Damboree efforts, please contact Patty Sullivan at 294-0335.