Bellaire's Fourth of July Parade 2021
A horn blares as residents of Bellaire begin to cheer for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade. Kids of all ages, some having spent hours decorating their bikes and scooters, take to the street, decked out in red, white, and blue. Neighbors wear festive attire and accessories, such as headbands or colored glasses. On the sidewalks surrounding the main road sit families, grandparents, friends, and even just bystanders, curious about the celebration.
Kit and Ken Messa tell us that they are waiting to see their grandsons march by with the Cub Scouts. They arrive early to get a nice and covered spot, and wait for the festivities to take off.
As the floats begin to drive by, a sense of excitement travels from family to family. Parents take pictures and meet other neighbors while kids jump, trying to catch candy being thrown towards them. Because of Covid, it has been two years since the last parade, and even the rainy weather held off so neighbors could enjoy.
In times like these, it is clear how diverse and community driven our city is. Although Bellaire is made up of hundreds of families living inside and outside of the loop, as we come together for festivals, it is exciting to see how it allows friends to reconnect with each other and celebrate. As one of the biggest community events, the Fourth of July parade is an event remembered by many, no matter their age.
The kids who were once cheering on the sidelines are now parents bringing their own kids to see the decorations and ride in the bike line. Many neighbors driving floats and trucks have grown up coming to celebrate the Fourth of July here annually.
The last year or so was quite unexpected, but one thing is clear: our community is stronger than ever.
Happy Independence Day!
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