July 4, 1931
City Host to Persons Coming by Train, Auto, Plane
Athletic Events, Fireworks, Bathing Beauties on Park Program
El Paso was host, Saturday to more than 2000 out-of-town visitors who, came by plane, train and motor to join in Fourth of July celebrations, city officials estimated.
A complete Independence Day program, was started Saturday morning with an official salute of canons from Scenic Drive by the 82nd field artillery, followed by a long parade of soldiers through the business district.
While hundreds of El Pasoans took advantage of excursions and motor trips to Cloudcroft, Ruidoso and California, a larger number lined up to see the home celebrations off in good style.
The El Paso celebration will be climaxed with a fireworks display Saturday night at Washington park.
With 40 bathing beauties entered for the parade, Washington park was the center of festivities. Day long events included band concerts, races, boating, swimming, dancing and the bathing revue.
Park Comm. Hugo Meyer assures plenty of parking space for Saturday night in the vicinity of Dudley Field. Police officers will guard against, automobile thievery and. Vandalism.
Sports at Park
Sports events at the park include: Greased pole contest, dashes, football throwing contest, women's nail driving contest, backward race and and others.
Cash prizes were offered for the events which began at 10 a.m.
Most El Paso business houses were closed for the day and county, federal and city officials had a holiday.
Banks and the postoffice were closed.
El Paso aviators began an air demonstration at the municipal airport at 10 a.m. lasting throughout the day. Special stunts, dead stick landings, and races were performed during the air carnival.
700 Come by Train
Railroads reported no special trains bringing visitors to El Paso for the Fourth, although special coaches to regular trains brought in approximately 700 visitors.
Between 250 and 300 El Pasoans took advantage of the special excursion train to Los Angles over the Fourth of July holidays, Southern Pacific officials said.