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People from Near and Far Gather at Gypsy Hill Park to Celebrate America's Birthday

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The annual celebration takes place at Gypsy Hill Park The annual celebration takes place at Gypsy Hill Park
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -

Patriotism filled Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, where the event called "Happy Birthday America" played out in celebration of the Fourth of July.

This tradition features a parade, music, and many other fun activities, and attracts people from both near and far.

“It means everything to me – very, proud, very proud," says Roger Eagle, a Navy veteran.

Eagle has been attending the parade for 30 years, and he says it makes him proud to have served.

“People are slowing their patriotism, that's for sure,” says Eagle. “They really are. I've noticed that all over town, all day long."

For others, the event means a day of fun.

"I like to, um, get candy and I like the parade," says Alyiah Johnston, a kid who attended the event.

Vintage cars and floats filled the streets of Gypsy Hill Park as people from across the country gathered to wave flags and cheer on participants.

"Born and raised in Staunton, and have been away for 31 years," says Pam Linhart, who attended the event.

Linhart came in from Missouri just to see the parade and take part in the activities.

"Nothing like this park, nothing like this parade,” says Linhart.

Nathan and Jessica Peters are from Harrisonburg, and they say this is their favorite day of the year.

"The Fourth I feel like is just a celebration of America,” says Nathan Peters. “And you look around, there’s diversity everywhere, people of all different backgrounds, colors, political beliefs.”

Peters believes the day is a great opportunity to bring the community together.

"We're all here at this parade, just celebrating this big American experiment going on today,” says Nathan. “It’s exciting and brings a lot of hope, I think."

The “Happy Birthday America” celebration continues into the night at Gypsy Hill Park with a fireworks show starting at 10 p.m. Admission is free to the public.