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Today is America’s 241 st birthday and the day Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Love of country and the American spirit filled the air and streets of downtown Bellaire, Texas in the Houston area this July 4th morning. Above, the sights and sounds of Bellaire’s Independence Day Parade.
From the flag windshield wipers on Bellaire Fire and Rescue’s truck to the end, the theme was America’s Super Heroes. The parade on Bellaire Boulevard and South Rice Avenue near the Town Square and Loftin Park brought out several hundred people and families. Many were dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate America’s independence and freedom. Candy was flying in the air– tossed from the parade groups to the children and parents.
“Happy July Fourth!” shouted children in the crowd and people in the parade.
Bellaire’s July 4th parade visitors say the event has grown and become a popular holiday tradition over the years. What was once was over in 5-10 minutes, this year’s parade lasted nearly 30 minutes long.
The family-friendly parade included the Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway in an antique squad car, Bellaire and Houston officials, including Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, political candidates of the Democratic Party, Bellaire Fire and Rescue, the Bellaire Historical Society, the Bellaire Public Library, businesses and community groups of all ages, faiths and interests.
With sizzling, steamy temperatures forecast today, the group from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Bellaire Emergency Room with a life-size Spider Man balloon on it’s ambulance truck hood–passed out packets of sunscreen. The Muslims for Peace handed and tossed out cold bottles of water from its truck float along the parade route. Comic Super Hero Spider Man also walked the parade route.
There wasn’t much cleanup for the city’s public works crews because children and parents scooped up most of the candy and some beads from the parade.
The parade was followed by a July 4th Festival at Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The festival with carnival games, rides, a petting zoo and more was free and open to the public.