The 4th of July Independence Day celebrations are everywhere in the U.S. This year, one of our reporters joined this happy event in the city of Evanston, Illinois, which is in the mid U.S., close to Chicago.
It was a sunny day with a cool breeze — a perfect day to celebrate. People of all ages are smiling and happily join in the celebrations.
The City of Evanston police department, fire and emergency services, parks, recreation and community services, public works, transportation division, etc., are all apart of the parade. Also local school boy and girl scouts are in the parade wearing their with uniforms.
The parade started at 2 PM in the afternoon; people sit on both sides of street watching and cheering for the floats.
The first one is the police and fire department honor guard, followed by the boy scout troop color guards, and the Liberty Bell float.
Another part of the parade that stands out is the different ethnic groups. Chinese traditional culture is presented by beautiful fairies doing a lotus flower dance, and the male waist drum dancers are unforgettable.
The parade lasts for more than two hours, with a fireworks display at the end, which many people turn out to watch.
This is the day for Americans to cherish their freedom, their democratic values, and equal rights for all.
I cheer for them, and I feel happy to be a part of their celebrations.