Parades mark celebrations across county

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 04:27 PM

Hundreds flocked to Unionville to watch the parade and celebrate America's 238th birthday Friday, as residents of Waxhaw and Indian Trail also turned out to cheer on marchers in their parades. Monroe waited until evening to celebrate with a fireworks, display, music and other activities.

Visitors enjoyed beautiful weather as they enjoyed live music, food, games and the parade. 

Kids had their faces painted, played in the bounce house, tried to dunk people in the dunk tank, slid down slides and other fun games and rides. There were funnel cakes, snow-cones, cotton candy and, naturally, hot dogs. 

Elaine Deese, who lives in the area, looks forward to the event every year. She said her cousin lives across the street, so every year they enjoy a barbecue and watch the parade from his house. Though she said the parade seemed shorter this year, it was very nice. 

Betty Revels and her husband lived in Unionville for about 30 years. They moved to Savannah but came up to visit and were excited that their visit coincided with the festival. 

"(We were) especially wanting to come to this," Revels said. She said it was nice that they could see so many friends. 

She enjoyed the music, the singing, the people, the food and everything about the day, she said. She said it was fun seeing people she knows in the parade. 

Revels said the whole event is homey and has a small-town feel. 

"We love it," she said. 

Trucks, tractors, horses and more were featured in the parade, along with the Unionville American Legion Post, local businesses and more.