EAST LONGMEADOW (WWLP) – East Longmeadow hosted a crowd of 40,000 for the town’s annual 4th of July parade on Saturday morning, and 22News discovered what keeps residents coming back year after year.
Sounds of Independence Day rang through the streets. East Longmeadow’s annual 4th of July parade has been a staple in western Massachusetts for as long as many people can remember. It’s a tradition that often attracts the same familiar faces year after year.
Florida resident Alethia Tarabishi told 22News, “I came when I was younger but it’s my first time in probably 10 years. I’m up here visiting because I moved to Jacksonville, Florida. It’s just a really good family parade.”
A family parade that this year celebrated the 239th anniversary of the nation’s independence. Independence that sometimes, is taken for granted. Spectators lined the streets of East Longmeadow to celebrate the 4th of July to celebrate the annual 4th of July parade, but many of the people said it was really more about celebrating a tradition, and celebrating the freedom of America.
“Independence, this is a great country and we have to celebrate the 4th of July. I love this country, so the 4th of July means a lot to me,” said Pasquale Rondinelli of Agawam.
Our freedom means everything to the service men and women who fought to defend it.
“The 4th of July is basically a patriotic event, and with the military, that’s also a patriotic symbol. Like Veterans Day and Memorial Day, it’s for the veterans,” said Gene Albee of the Disabled American Veterans of Western Massachusetts.