4th of July parade delighted crowds in East Longmeadow

Parade is among the largest in western Massachusetts

4th of July Parade, East Longmeadow

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – East Longmeadow provided western Massachusetts with a Fourth of July parade all America could be proud of.

Thousands lined the streets cheering the town’s salute to America’s birthday. The crowd expressed a special affection for those in the military, past and present.

“Today is the birth of our freedom, and that is pretty amazing. It’s a day to honor and celebrate all those that allowed us to have this freedom, and we’re Americans, and I’m proud to be one,” Erin Chase of East Longmeadow said.

East Longmeadow’s Fourth of July parade served as a learning experience for the children, but above all, those who lined the parade and those who marched shared a special kinship with each other.

“Independence Day is the best holiday for the United States of America. Having a son who just marched by me in his uniform, American Legion, reserve soldier- Army National Guard. I couldn’t be more proud,” Nora Fernands of Wilbraham said.

The town of East Longmeadow and all who came to this parade did themselves proud. East Longmeadow’s Fourth of July parade goes back further than anyone can remember. All those who marched or watched the parade passing by were inspired by this timeless tradition.