Big 4th of July parade a patriotic tradition in East Longmeadow

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EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Marching bands sounded the streets of East Longmeadow Monday at their annual 4th of July parade; a parade that’s all about music, family, and tradition.

Thousands of American flags waved in the air as veterans, marching bands, and classic cars come rolling down North Main Street.

East Longmeadow has been holding their 4th of July parade for the past 40 years, and every year it attracts many of the same people, becoming an annual tradition for families across western Massachusetts, including Jim Scibelli of East Longmeadow. “We’ve been in town for the past 9-years, and we’ve been coming here pretty much every year since,” he said.

Scibelli told 22News he brings his two sons to the parade every year, describing it as an event that the entire family can enjoy together. “I’d say it’s about spending quality time with my family, and just getting to spend quality time with my boys, it makes it all worthwhile,” he said.

For many people, the celebration has also become a staple on Independence Day, an event that families across western Massachusetts can pass down from generation to generation.

Ronald Richter of Hampden said it’s something he looks forward to every year.” Anything that brings everybody out like this has got to be a great thing, it’s just nice. It’s appreciated, and you can tell just by the number of people that come here, it’s just a beautiful parade,” he said.

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