By: Lacy Hilliard
On July 4th the United States of America celebrated the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Independence Day has been celebrated in America since that fateful day in 1776 and though the celebratory customs have changed throughout the years one thing remains the same; The Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of independence, its a time for families and friends to come together and enjoy the principles for which the United States of America was built upon.
The first documented celebration of Independence Day took place in Bristol, Rhode Island when the rebel colony welcomed the morning by firing 13 cannons, one blast for each of the 13 colonies. Today, colorful blasts fill the American skies from New York City to Oahus North Shore no doubt drawing from the traditions set up on that fateful day in 1776.
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Independence Day Celebrations on July 5th beginning on Main Street in Mountain City and ending in Ralph Stout Park. The celebration was moved to July 5th in order to avoid an additional $2,500 in fees associated with the fireworks display. Regardless of the date change, the celebration was well attended.
The afternoon festivities kicked off with the traditional Independence Day Parade. The parade boasted the usual suspects like fire engines, police cars and colorful floats. However, due to the upcoming election several candidates for local offices used the opportunity to display their political banners down Main Street. Some candidates even went as far as to set up tents in Ralph Stout Park and invite voters to come and hear their platforms.
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