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Thousands fill Edmond for Independence Day celebration, Libertyfest

EDMOND, Okla. – More than 50,000 spectators took over downtown Edmond Thursday for the LibertyFest parade, all to celebrate Independence day and the heritage of Oklahoma.

Even a few members of our news team could be seen waving to the masses.

Red, white and blue filled the streets of downtown Edmond for the largest hometown July 4 parade in the state.

The parade featured girl scouts, horse and carriages and our own Freedom 43 TV crew.

For some Edmond lifers, a few words came to mind as our nation celebrates Independence Day, such as liberty, freedom and justice.

A few UCO college friends got all decked out for the parade, wearing festive sun glasses, clever socks and American flag shorts, which might be a little too short for comfort.

“I love the new motorcycles that the police department has, the new cars, just seeing everything,” Markus Doyal said.

The group of guys has supported the parade since they were kids.

“I just love the community, we all come together this one time of year for a big parade and it’s always a blast,” Doyal said.

Clint Cowan said he and his group of 30 loved ones have been a part of the parade for the past 25 years.

“Family, friends, all meeting up early, and it’s basically like a family tradition,” Cowan said.

Thousands of people came together, waving flags and cheering on parade goers, all to celebrate the Nation’s birthday.

“America is one of the greatest countries there is and without being independent we wouldn’t have the freedom we have today,” Doyal said.

LibertyFest concludes with a ParkFest at UCO with activities, food and music prior to the fireworks finale at 10 p.m.