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Johnson County celebrates Independence Day

By: Marlana Ward
Freelance Writer

Since first being celebrated upon the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, Independence Day has remained a significant reminder of American freedom and patriotism.  Beginning with the very first anniversary of the date in 1777, Americans have taken time to remember the resolve and sacrifice required to form our nation and the great privileges we enjoy as a democratic and free nation.
Independence Day celebrations have been a proud part of American history in communities large and small throughout our country’s 239 years.  Public readings of our Declaration of Independence, the singing of our national anthem, picnics, fireworks, and overall joviality mark the observation of continued pride in our country and what it has come to stand for throughout the world.  Though it seems our country has become embattled in various debates and arguments amongst its citizens, on Independence Day all Americans celebrated the fact that we indeed hold the right to express our beliefs and opinions.  
On July 4th, amidst the drizzle and clouds, families lined streets of Mountain City to celebrate Independence Day.  Though the weather threatened to dampen spirits, patriotism prevailed with flags waving and friends gathering to celebrate freedom.  This year’s parade was led by the Johnson County Honor Guard who never fail to display our country’s and state’s flags reverently when called upon.
The grand marshal of the parade was Evelyn Cook.
The Johnson County Cruisers followed with several examples of fine American engineering.
As always in Mountain City, the Jericho Shriners came through with various vehicles and decorations to entertain the crowd. State Representative Timothy Hill walked along the parade route with handing out candy to the kids and shaking hands with constituents.  The Johnson County Road Department distributed candy much to the delight of the children along Main Street.  
Deanna Greer and Taylor Parsons waved to the crowd while looking lovely and riding in convertibles driven by friends and family. Marsh Propane celebrated as they drove along the parade route in a classic Chevrolet pickup truck.  Triple C Transportation was represented by displaying their racecar number 37 and waving to the smiling fans along the route.

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