Welcome to Mineral County’s Armed Forces Day Parade!
The third weekend of every May brings the “Stars and Stripes” out in full force in “America’s Patriotic Home”—the self-proclaimed title of Hawthorne, Nev., so dubbed because of the large celebration it has hosted every Armed Forces Day for 70 years. And before that Hawthorne celebrated every “Navy Day”.
A short, two and 1/2 hour drive south of Reno will get you the best of the spirit of rural Nevada. There is something for everyone every day in this one stoplight town that is home to the largest United States Army Ammunition Storage Facility in the world and some say the largest Armed Forces day parade west of the Mississippi.
Craft and food vendors interspersed between local businesses bring even more flavor and flare to a town rich in personality.
There are a variety of events planned between May 14-16 to include a military flyover and static display; fireworks; stunt bike riders; monster trucks; bounce houses; chili cook off, trike races; watermelon eating contest; tug of war; arm wrestling competition; street dance; food vendors, historic Mineral County Courthouse tour and an art show.
All of this and more is happening, culminating with a parade and ceremony honoring our military.