“How Americans Shaped the Nation Through Elections” is the theme for the 2016 4th of July Parade. With this being an election year, the Great Basin Service Club thought this would be an interesting and challenging theme.

Throughout history, the freedom and right to vote has been highly regarded by countries around the world. Consider joining them in supporting the freedom to vote and how that freedom has helped shape the nation.

For the safety of children, it is being requested that cars do not park on Aultman St. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children are unpredictable and no one wants to see a child that ran out into the parade route from between cars after some treasure they see in the road, hurt.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on July 4, beginning at Broadbent Park and concluding at the County Park. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to preregister for the parade by calling 289-2111. Leave a message and your call will be returned. By pre-registering for the parade you will only need to pick up your exhibit number in the park. All entries must be registered by 10:30 a.m. to be judged.

Over the years, change has been the only constant and the club has noted a severe decline in participation in the children’s games after the parade. District 4-H has assisted the club in putting on the games for many years but they, too, have noticed the decline. It was a very hard decision, but due to this decline, there will not be children’s games after the parade.

Watch the Community Calendar for additional events and activities that will be going on during the day. Finishing off the day’s activities will be the traditional fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the county golf course.

The club is sponsoring the “Buy a Shot” again this year. For a $10 donation to the “Buy a Shot”, you will be helping continue our small town tradition of a fireworks display and your name will appear in the newspaper Thank You ad after the event. Mail any amount you would like to: GBSC, P. O. Box 151706, Ely, NV 89315.

Read the Ely Times and listen to KDSS for information on this year’s grand marshal and other information regarding the 4th of July activities.