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A warm sun beat down upon Main Street, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from attending the 4th Fest of Greater Racine Parade.

As bands passed by, people sang patriotic songs. They stood up, took their hats off and clapped as military groups passed by them. And large floats featuring storybook themes reminded them of their childhood.

Football players and cheerleaders chanted their battle cry. Dogs with patriotic gear scurried down the hot pavement. And the horses danced.

Friends and families gathered together in patriotism, in independence, and pride.

More fun is to be had as we celebrate our country on July 4.

Parade of Planes show to be featured during July 4 festivities

Fireworks, celebrations and parades set for July 3 and July 4

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.