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4th of July Celebrations in Evanston, Illinois

Band playing in the Evanstan parade. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)
Band playing in the Evanstan parade. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

The 4th of July Independence Day celebrations are everywhere in the U.S. This year, one of our reporters joined this happy event in the city of Evanston, Illinois, which is in the mid U.S., close to Chicago.

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The popular piper marching band. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

It was a sunny day with a cool breeze — a perfect day to celebrate. People of all ages are smiling and happily join in the celebrations.

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What’s a parade without floats? (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

The City of Evanston police department, fire and emergency services, parks, recreation and community services, public works, transportation division, etc., are all apart of the parade. Also local school boy and girl scouts are in the parade wearing their with uniforms.

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Every parade needs a queen. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

The parade started at 2 PM in the afternoon; people sit on both sides of street watching and cheering for the floats.

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Bystanders watching the events. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

The first one is the police and fire department honor guard, followed by the boy scout troop color guards, and the Liberty Bell float.

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Honor guard leading the parade. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

Another part of the parade that stands out is the different ethnic groups. Chinese traditional culture is presented by beautiful fairies doing a lotus flower dance, and the male waist drum dancers are unforgettable.

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Chinese traditional dancers. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

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Chinese drummers. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

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Falun Gong practitioners participate in the parade. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

The parade lasts for more than two hours, with a fireworks display at the end, which many people turn out to watch.

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Fireworks display. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

(Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

Fireworks display. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

(Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

Fireworks display. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

(Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

Fireworks display. (Image: David Yang/Vision Times)

This is the day for Americans to cherish their freedom, their democratic values, and equal rights for all.

I cheer for them, and I feel happy to be a part of their celebrations.

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