Independence Day Celebrated in Marietta


Parades in Marietta Friday brought out the crowds.

The events continue into Friday night.

It was a busy day in Marietta.

Everything kicked off Friday morning at 10 with the parade.

Lots of kids lined the streets to catch the candy, as decorated cars, veterans, the marching band and fire trucks gave off that Fourth of July spirit.

It ended at the Armory where Mayor Joe Matthews spoke and George Washington shot off the cannon.

"I think it's that one time of year we get the chance to express the freedom we enjoy all year," says Ashleigh Keyes, a local resident.

"But they should read and study history. History repeats itself, and if you don't read history, you don't learn from your mistakes," says Steve Frash, with the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution.

Activities at the Washington County Fairgrounds also started at 10:00, with fair food, inflatables for kids and ATV racing Friday afternoon.

But it doesn't end there.

The demolition derby is Friday night at 7 and the fireworks go off at 10.

Also Friday night, the Red, White and Blues Festival is happening in the Lafayette Hotel parking lot.

That starts at 6 p.m, with live entertainment, food and drinks.


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