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July 4th Parades Held across Valley, Central VA

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Children at the Fourth of July parade in Earlysville Children at the Fourth of July parade in Earlysville

There were lots of Independence Day celebrations across the area Thursday. NBC29 was happy to drive our satellite truck as one of the floats in the Staunton parade, where hundreds lined up to see the sights. Anchor Matt Talhelm, photojournalist Chavis Carter and meteorologist Eric Pritchett all took part.

Fourth of July celebrations kicked off early Thursday morning in Greene County for Stanardsville's big parade. The parade included singers, emergency crews and large, brightly painted tractors. After the parade, activities moved to Court Square for a flag raising and singing the national anthem.

Hundreds gathered in Earlysville for a Fourth of July parade with some home town flair. That parade started like many, with fire trucks, fancy cars and lots of people there watching and grabbing candy. But it quickly became clear that the main attraction was children and families - riding in wagons, in small cars, in large cars, and on bikes. When the parade ended, however, the sweltering heat caused everyone to leave quickly.

At the 13th annual Belmont Parade in Charlottesville, it was all about making your own floats and music.  A patriotic band led the way for neighborhood kids playing their own instruments. Afterward they celebrated with mini-explosions from bubble wrap fireworks.

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