Fallon Chamber encourages residents, visitors to celebrate July 4 downtown

In this photo from a previous Fourth of July parade, participants show the red, white and blue along with the flag. This year’s parade begins Monday at 10 a.m.

In this photo from a previous Fourth of July parade, participants show the red, white and blue along with the flag. This year’s parade begins Monday at 10 a.m.

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This year’s Fourth of July is having more a traditional feel to it than previous years.
Not only will the annual parade wind through downtown Fallon on Monday morning, but the Maine Street corridor will be a hub for old-fashioned fun and patriotism.
This year’s theme is “Scenes across America,” and the honoree is not a person but a state agency that promotes Nevada’s own unique places for recreation or sightseeing. Chamber of Commerce Director Lucy Carnahan said the agency will have several vehicles in the parade.
Furthermore, Carnahan said a block party will be held downtown rather than having a few games and barbecue at the fairgrounds. She said parade entrants and spectators will already be downtown, and the new location eliminates any scrambling trying to reach the fairgrounds.
Churchill County is also receiving an unexpected break from near 100-degree heat. The National Weather Service reports highs on the Fourth of July will range from the high 80s to low 90s.

Fourth of July parade route map

Carnahan said by also keeping the spectators downtown, they will be more than likely to watch or participate in the games. She said Maine Street will be blocked off until 2 p.m. for bed races, water games, a children’s bike parade and shopping a vendor booths.
A pie-making contest will be held as part of the celebrations. Bring the pies to His Inspirations, 200 S. Maine St., on Saturday by 2 p.m. for judging. Winners will be announced at the block party.
During the afternoon, Carnahan said a number of downtown businesses will be open and for those needing a break from the summer heat, the Fallon Theatre is showing cartoons.
Later in the day, Rattlesnake Raceway roars with the thunder of race cars. Racing begins at 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July, and another day of racing on Saturday begins at 6 p.m. Gates open several hours before the first race begins. General admission is $10 but $5 for children ages 6 to 10, and senior citizens 55 years and older.
The oval dirt track racing features ICMA mods, Hobby Stocks, Pro Stocks, Gen X and Bombers. The raceway is located at 2000 Airport Road off Indian Lakes Road. Follow the signs from the U.S. Highway intersection east of Banner Churchill Community Hospital.
At dusk or approximately at 9 p.m., the raceway will shoot off fireworks as part of its annual Fourth of July activities.
The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., starts on Taylor Street at the middle school, north on Taylor to A Street, east on A Street to Ada Street, south on Ada Street to Williams Avenue, east on Williams Avenue to Maine Street, south on Maine Street to the middle school.
Carnahan said announcer booths will be positioned at various locations along the parade route. They include Edward Jones, Twisted Branch, Churchill County Public Defender’s office, the former Berney Realty on 290 W. Williams Ave., American Legion, Churchill County courthouse, Kent’s/Leah’s building and VFW Hall.
Parade and block party sponsors include the following businesses: Fitness for $10, Big R, New Millennium, JOIN, Banner Churchill Community Hospital, Financial Horizons Credit Union, American Legion, Walker Lake Disposal, Edward Jones, Fallon Glass and Sign, Tedford Tire & Auto, Kent’s Supply Center, K.D. Automotive, The Depot and Class One Motorsports.
Many event deadlines have passed. For information, contact Carnahan at the Chamber of Commerce, 775-423-2544.


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