Utahns Celebrate the Fourth

Utahns Celebrate the Fourth

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Stacey Butler ReportingFrom parades to picnics communities all across the valley and up in the mountains celebrated the Fourth of July today.

Tonight at Sugarhouse Park thousands will gather for the annual fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Freedom Parade in Provo began early this morning with the pledge of allegiance.

Jeff Worms: “It's great to see all the American flags and all the people with their hands on their hearts and hats off their heads and paying respect."

Rob Anderson: “I think we need to show our patriotism for our country.”

And that's exactly what thousands did. From flying the flags to donning red white and blue or just waiting for their favorite part of the parade. And of course the floats...

In West Jordan crowds watched marching bands and candy throwing cowboys. The mountain men took to the parade route with guns and garb from the olden days. In Park City Main Street was transformed into a parade route worthy of the mountain town's rich history and local flavor. And in South Salt Lake today was a special picnic honoring the return of the 2nd battalion of the 23rd Marine Reserves.

1st Sgt. Nick Lopez, US Marines:” The Fourth of July means a lot more to most Americans.”

It's the same company to which Sgt. James Cawley belonged. He’s the Marine and Salt Lake City police officer who was killed fighting the war.

1st Sgt. Nick Lopez, US Marines: “I believe firmly in this country, I believe firmly in our service and I believe the job we did in Iraq was the right job we did."

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