If it hadn’t been for the construction of Hoover Dam, Boulder City would not exist. And of course, that would mean the Fourth of July Damboree would not be in existence either. To many of us, this would be nothing short of a tragedy, as it is a means of great pride to many of our citizens.
The celebration began in 1948, though it wasn’t named “Damboree” until 1949 through a contest that was held at that time. This will be our 68th year for the event.
At 7am there is a pancake breakfast at Bicentennial Park, which serves up to 2,000 plates of pancakes during which there is great camaraderie and merriment.
The parade starts at 9am with a flyover by the Boulder City Veterans Flying Group. Hold on to your hat as they turn around for a second run! Keep an eye out for the grand marshal on a historically decorated trailer, horses, classic cars from various decades, unique floats from former high school classes, baseball teams, cheerleaders and a wide variety of other entries. Spectators will line the parade route along Nevada Way and 5th Street. Those watching along 5th Street through to the pool will be drenched with fun in the water section of the parade.
After the parade ends at the Broadbent Park, huge crowds gather for amusements, games, contests, and a variety of delectable items for consumption. New to the offering are historically relevant games for the children. These activities wrap up in the early afternoon.
Festivities then move to Veterans Memorial Park starting at 4pm, with music by DJ Mike Pacini starting at 6pm. At 9pm, the massive fireworks display begins. The fireworks used to be held at our baseball fields, but in the past several years has moved down to this new location to enable larger crowds to attend.
All in all, the day, from beginning to end, is packed with fun and excitement! After 68 years, the Damboree continues to be a source of pride and entertainment for everyone.