By JEFFREY POWELL
Lights flashed and sirens blared as the city and citizens of Freeport held their annual Independence Day parade on Saturday, July 4. Children of all ages were on hand, hoping to receive pieces of candy distributed by the parade’s participants.
According to Freeport Fire and Rescue Chief Ben Greenslait, the parade had 20 organizations enter with 60 floats or vehicles.
“Along the parade’s route we noticed more spectators in more places than we had seen before,” said Greenslait. “As the city grows, so does the parade. This is the largest parade to date.”
The parade began at the Freeport Elementary School and ended at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex where the Fourth of July celebration continued. This year’s festivities did not include a fireworks display, due to financial shortfalls, a situation Greenslait hopes to remedy.
“We have been tasked with raising funds for next year’s event,” said Greenslait. Hopefully, funds will become available and the city of Freeport can have fireworks next year.”
Jeffrey Powell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org