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Kingsport holds Independence Day Parade

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The city of Kingsport celebrated red, white and blue pride in a big way Tuesday.

This year marks the 64th year of the Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade. It stretched from Center Street to the Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive. This year's parade was presented by AtWork Personnel Services and Mama's House Buffet.

Crowds gathered on both sides of the street to help Kingsport celebrate America's independence. Parade goers enjoyed entertainment from high school bands and the Kingsport Community Band. There were also a variety of active military, veteran, and other patriotic floats.

One attendee expressed his love for America and what the parade meant to him. Navy veteran Bob Lange explained, "It's America. It's who we are. The celebration of our independence, our freedoms, and in a way, those who sacrificed and gave their lives to protect it."

Downtown Kingsport will continue its Fourth of July festivities Tuesday night with fireworks at 9:45.

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