The towns of central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley showed their patriotic sides Friday for Fourth of July celebrations.
Stanardsville held its Independence Day parade and celebration Friday morning, and the red, white and blue were out in full force. The old and the young lined Main Street and Courthouse Square to watch 55 take the street.
Free watermelons, bottles of water, and funnel cakes were provided to parade goers. The ringing of the church bells and a fly-by from Pegasus closed out the celebration. Organizers say this year's turnout was one of the event's largest.
"It inspires the people to unite together and we need that togetherness to make America better, because America is the greatest country," said invocation speaker Michael Jackson.
Some community members also read the Declaration of Independence aloud to get people in the patriotic spirit.
That patriotism was also on display in Staunton. The city hosted its Fourth of July celebration this morning. Floats passed through Gypsy Hill Park and Congressman Bob Goodlatte and state Senate candidate Marshall Pattie marched. There was plenty of military pride and great costumes, and the city also honored its first responders with some fire engines passing.
The town of Earlysville celebrated our country's birthday with a parade and some Civil War re-enactors, so dozens of families got a dose of holiday fun with a history lesson.
Both the Union and Confederate flags flew during the celebration. Soldiers, dressed in traditional attire, fired off volleys while women in some classic dresses looked on. It was the 15th annual celebration in Earlysville.
And in Charlottesville, hundreds packed McIntire Park Friday night.
For many families, it's an annual tradition, complete with bands, patriotic music, and a grand finale.
"It's beautiful,” said Constance Nettles, who watched the fireworks from the park. “Beautiful weather, couldn't have a better day. The kids are having a blast, I just love it."
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