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2023 Memorial Villages' Independence Day Parade

Grace DeJong
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A look at Memorial Villages' 2023 Independence Day Festival. (Video: Grace DeJong)

Residents of the Memorial Villages started their Fourth of July at the Villages Independence Parade this morning. The Fun Run and Bike Ride, hosted by the Memorial Villages Police Department, kicked off the July Fourth festivities. The runners and bikers were followed by a procession of red, white,and blue floats.

 Oakes siblings

The Oakes siblings arrived at the 2023 Memorial Villages' parade ready to celebrate with their wagon decked out in red, white, and blue.

Residents and community leaders decked out their vehicles in patriotic decor, throwing candy and beads to parade attendees who lined the streets. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #879 along with armored and camo cars paid homage to those who have served our country.

The Villages Fire Department took up the caboose of the parade, playing their sirens and lights for all the onlookers. Smiles, cheers, and lots of candy made this parade a hit!      

  • Anderson and Knowles families

    Bomb-pops help these kiddos from the Anderson and Knowles families stay cool while watching the parade.

  • Brandt, Chen-Rivas, Chevli, and Chen families. 

    All hail Lady Liberty! The Statue of Liberty made a special appearance in the Villages Independence Parade this morning. Pictured are the Brandt, Chen-Rivas, Chevli, and Chen families. 

  • Bunker Hill

    Every Memorial Village was represented proudly in the parade.

  • Hirschfeld family

    The Hirschfeld family was all smiles for the Fun Run and Bike Ride that kicked off the parade.

  • Tom Jinks

    Hedwig Village Mayor Tom Jinks threw candy out to parade attendees.

  • Sale family

    The Sale family waited in anticipation for the festivities to begin.

  • Shirley Rouse, Patrick Breckon

    Hedwig Village Council Members Shirley Rouse and Patrick Breckon rolled through the parade in a bright yellow, vintage Cooper Cobra.

  • Sparwasser family

    The Sparwasser family set up their chairs for a front row seat of the parade.

  • Girls on float

    Girls just wanna have Fourth of July fun!

  • Wesley Hunt

    Wesley Hunt and his two little girls wave to parade onlookers.

  • Anderson and Knowles families
  • Brandt, Chen-Rivas, Chevli, and Chen families. 
  • Bunker Hill
  • Hirschfeld family
  • Tom Jinks
  • Sale family
  • Shirley Rouse, Patrick Breckon
  • Sparwasser family
  • Girls on float
  • Wesley Hunt

Anderson and Knowles families

Bomb-pops help these kiddos from the Anderson and Knowles families stay cool while watching the parade.

Brandt, Chen-Rivas, Chevli, and Chen families. 

All hail Lady Liberty! The Statue of Liberty made a special appearance in the Villages Independence Parade this morning. Pictured are the Brandt, Chen-Rivas, Chevli, and Chen families. 

Bunker Hill

Every Memorial Village was represented proudly in the parade.

Hirschfeld family

The Hirschfeld family was all smiles for the Fun Run and Bike Ride that kicked off the parade.

Tom Jinks

Hedwig Village Mayor Tom Jinks threw candy out to parade attendees.

Sale family

The Sale family waited in anticipation for the festivities to begin.

Shirley Rouse, Patrick Breckon

Hedwig Village Council Members Shirley Rouse and Patrick Breckon rolled through the parade in a bright yellow, vintage Cooper Cobra.

Sparwasser family

The Sparwasser family set up their chairs for a front row seat of the parade.

Girls on float

Girls just wanna have Fourth of July fun!

Wesley Hunt

Wesley Hunt and his two little girls wave to parade onlookers.

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