Small town America is alive and well in Klamath Falls and it shown at the annual Independence Day Parade, where thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown. They waved flags of all sizes, cheered for their favorite floats, and honored their country.
Attending the parade is tradition for many families. Some have been attending the local 4th of July parade for generations. For others being in the parade is a right of passage. Both are just part of growing up in a small community.
The 45-minute parade was kicked off when the sound of freedom echoed through downtown as an F-15 Eagle flyover by the 173rd Fighter Wing awed spectators. The parade began near the Klamath County Museum at the intersection of Spring and Main Streets. Then traveled toward Veterans Park, ending near the Klamath County Library and TimberMill Shores.
Later today, Independence Day festivities continue with the Klamath Freedom Celebration at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. The day time celebration includes: food, music, vendors and more. The event will conclude with a grand fireworks display at 10:00 pm.
Activities also continue at Lake of the Woods with a BBQ, live music and a evening boat parade. There will also be a public fireworks on the lake at 10:00 PM.