Small Town Goes All Out For 4th Of July
Published July 4th, 2014
MICANOPY - One small town is going all out for America's independence. The old town of Micanopy attracts thousands for its annual parade. For one soldier from North Central Florida, Fourth of July is another way to honor veterans.
Today marks 238 years that the United States has been an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music; all here in Micanopy.
Micanopy a town rich in history came to life with splashes of red, white and blue as residents celebrate the Fourth of July. For 10-year-old Bryce Gruenwald Fourth of July is about, "Having parades doing all kinds of stuff, barbeques, celebrating family and all kinds of stuff."
For others it means much more. "To me it means the people that went to the war and the veterans they gave us freedom, they gave us liberty, they just grant us our powers," Jessica Johnson, a Gainesville resident said. For Hank Hobday another Gainesville resident it means, "Being safe, being able to go to bed at night and put our heads on the pillow and not being in a war over in Iraq."
Vickie Van Buren with the American Legion Post 16 says this is a time to be grateful for those who fought for America's independence. "The Fourth of July represents us getting our freedom from the mother country and becoming our own country and it's important to honor our vets because if it wasn't for our military, we wouldn't have our freedoms that we have today," she said.
Van Buren's son, Benjamin is a U.S. Army jumpmaster and Purple Heart recipient who marched in the Micanopy parade. Last month, he participated in a ceremonial parachute jump in Normandy, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. He says he's had people who actually watched D-Day happen, tell him that through the reenactment they relived the experience. "We also do it just to create a sense of nostalgia for the veterans cause the veterans come out and they come out to the camp that we have and they see us and they see us in the uniforms trying to emulate everything that they did and all the freedom they brought to all the countries around the world," Benjamin said.
Vickie also thinks, "This parade is so important because it really represents America… I mean this truly is Americana. This is what most of our nation is about. It's not about Washington D.C. or Los Angeles or whatever, this is about all of the little patriotic towns in America."
The fireworks are planned for dusk from 5:30-8:30 P.M. at the Micanopy Ballpark
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