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Sights, sounds from Independence Day

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High Point Terrace Fourth of July Parade (Matt Gerien / FOX13 News) High Point Terrace Fourth of July Parade (Matt Gerien / FOX13 News)
EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

What's more American than this: folks in the High Point Terrace area dressing up in honor of the red, white and blue.

"We're going to watch the parade," said Gavin Smith, High Point Terrace neighbor. "I think a little bit later we're going to go grill some chicken wings and just kind of sit back and relax and celebrate America."

Many people are out on two legs and even four, pulling brightly decorated wagons at what's considered the longest-running neighborhood celebration.

"To celebrate the USA and our country," said KeMarcus Foreman.

"It means to celebrate our freedom for the country that we fought for," added Gabe Nichols, Foreman's friend.

Waving flags high and showing their patriotic spirit, this neighborhood parade has happened every year since 1949. Many say this is the best example of the American spirit.

Ryan Presswood came out with his three children to celebrate. "This day kind of shows them what our country is about and celebrating what were all here for."

Hugh Francis added he's spending the day away from work and studying.

"Most people want to spend this day with family and friends, but they all agree there is something special about this day," he said.

Laura Gilluly says this day is especially meaningful to her.

"It's a special day. My husband is in the Air Force and this is a really special day for us," Gilluly said. "It always means a lot to us to be here on The Fourth and watch the fireworks . It just really means a lot of us as far as our country goes."

Also in honor of The Fourth, for the last 30 years the Germantown Lions Club has hosted the annual fishing rodeo for charity, with kids reeling in the biggest catch.

"That was the first fish I caught, I didn't know if it would be the heaviest or not but it's exciting," said Claire Murphy, who caught a big one,

A day filled with pride, families and lot's of laughter, to quote a French novelist, freedom is nothing else but a chance a to better.

What's better, than a joyful smile from a little American.

 

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