Parades kick off the holiday across Michiana

4th of July Parade
4th of July Parade(16 News Now)
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 5:56 PM EDT
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Ind. (WNDU) - Various parades kicked off the Fourth of July holiday across Michiana, bringing locals together to celebrate the country.

In Nappanee, the parade started at 11 a.m., with residents coming together to honor local law enforcement, firefighters, and those who have served.

Residents told 16 News Now that gatherings like today’s parade show how strong the community is.

“I think for me, the favorite part is just coming out to support law enforcement, firefighters, EMT. All that. And most of all, God and our country,” said Kenny Yoder.

“Amen. And the people,” added Mark Clickovich.

In North Liberty, celebrations started a little later, with the parade getting kicked of at 2 p.m..

Crowds of residents took to the streets to see the elaborate floats, fancy cars, and vehicles, as well as to grab some candy.

“I love coming out here. The fourth of July is our independence, it’s why we have our freedom. It’s to thank everybody who comes out to watch the parade. The kids love it. It keeps them safe and it’s just so much fun to watch them laugh and giggle and cheer and have so much fun,” said Rachel Ramesh, a V.E.S.T member.

Hundreds also lined up on US 6 for the  “Only in America” parade in Walkerton.

Rachel Moore has been attending for 15 years and usually sets up hours in advance

“Is small as Walkerton is, usually for the Fourth of July parade we get a lot of activity out here. Usually the roads are pretty packed. They start shutting the roads down early,” said Moore.

She said this parade is a family tradition.

“Just the thought that Walkerton does this for the town, for the kids and the people, a lot of towns don’t get to experience stuff like this,” said Moore.

This year was extra special.

“Now I have a son in the military, he’s away at basic so it brings even more meaning, so it’s nice,” said Moore.

The parade route was 1.5 miles long, starting by the library and middle school, and ending at John Glenn High School for fireworks.

“I think it’s a good way to start the festivities…we have ours a little bit later in the evening compared to other towns, but I think it’s a good way to start it and end it. You have the parade and then literally everyone walks directly to the fireworks…so by the time the parade ends and you get down there it’s like perfect timing,” said Moore.

Tami Reynolds recently moved to the area and says she loved it

“The people are great. Everybody comes out and supports everybody. It’s awesome, I love it. The parade is awesome,” she said.

Kids thought it was awesome too, and they especially loved all the candy.

“My grandson and my granddaughter, they are two and four. This is their first candy parade. At first they were like, ‘what’s going on?’ Now they are like get out of the way, I got to get the candy,” said Reynolds.

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