Letter To The Editor: We Live In America – And That’s Worth Celebrating

By Steve Boerigter/Kristy Ortega
Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration Chairs

The 2015 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park was fantastic. The ominous dark clouds and downpour in Los Alamos skirted White Rock all day, as if to ensure we could enjoy the celebration. Mid-afternoon concern transformed into late evening delight as we heard the patriotic classics, danced with Eddy and the Nomads and Outlaw 107.5, and then heard the boom and saw the sky light up … a truly great fireworks display. America at it’s best!

The Celebration has a great deal of the community behind it long before the first BBQ, football toss, or glowstick. We would like to thank our major sponsor, Los Alamos National Bank. LANB has been a major partner with the Kiwanis Club for more than two decades. Thank you to Franks Supply for donating the quiet and powerful generator that kept the Bouncy Toys going all day.

We appreciate all our vendors for keeping the crowd nourished and refreshed. Next time you see them at Ashley Pond remember to say “thanks”. A special thank you goes to the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express for supplying lodging for the Ton-O-Fun crew. The Community Winds gave us classic Independence Day music. Geoff Rogers showed off the new helicopter provided by Classic Air Medical.

Of course, we couldn’t stuff 8,000+ people into Overlook Park without the major efforts from Los Alamos County and Public Safety. Special thanks goes to Dan Erickson who coordinated all County efforts – and they were considerable! Traffic Division kept everyone moving better than before and Atomic City Transit got us in and out of the park with ease. Super special thanks to the Overlook Park team: Ray Villalobos and the rest of the staff from Parks Division. The Los Alamos Police Department was able to help many and the Fire Department showed off the biggest flag ever seen in Northern New Mexico.

Finally, thank you all the dedicated Kiwanians for your time and energy. You continually demonstrate your dedication to the people of Los Alamos and the community of Northern New Mexico. You make this event possible.

The biggest thanks of all goes to you – the community. You make this a wonderful place to live. You help keep this and many other events going through your donations. You make it fun to get together and just celebrate life in America. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos hopes you will make plans now to be at Overlook next year. We’ll have a fantastic fireworks display. But we know that’s not why we celebrate the 4th of July. We live in America – and that’s worth celebrating.