Vale residents doff their hats in respect for the flag as the 4th July rodeo gets under way. (Photo from the Library of Congress)
VALE – Vale had been celebrating the Fourth of July for more than a century, before starting up its iconic 4th of July Rodeo in 1914.
As Vale prepares for this year’s festivities, one way to honor the town’s tradition is to take a look back at what was going on over the 4th in past years.
A look through archives of the Enterprise as well as a revealing photo gallery from 1941, courtesy of the Library of Congress, provides a historical snapshot of 4th of July festivities in Vale.
The Enterprise began business in 1909, but the earliest reference to the celebration was in an issue dated Saturday . . .