EDMOND, Okla. — Tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Edmond for the LIbertyFest 2015 Parade.
LibertyFest is recognized as one of America’s best 4th of July events with a variety of parade floats from dozens of organizations.
People showed their patriotism by wearing colorful hats and tee shirts to eye catching socks and shoes and by waving flags, signs and anything red, white and
blue. Even dogs got a chance to show off their 4th of July spirit!
NewsChannel 4’s Kevin and Marianne Rafferty rode in the parade, while Freedom 43’s Lucas Ross joined the Okie Dokie Banjo Band float and played patriotic tunes through downtown Edmond.
Also on hand to join in this year’s celebration was United States Senator from Oklahoma, James Lankford, and his family.
Senator Lankford took time out to comment about LibertyFest, which has become one of the most popular Independence Day celebrations in America.
“LibertyFest is one of the top 4th of July festivals in the country. Its a nice time to come back and celebrate freedom and for what our country is really all about and what we were founded on,” said Senator Lankford.
Senator Lankford helped decorate his Jeep before the start of the parade.
“This really is happy birthday America day. This is the day for us to go back and look at how we started and see how this great experiment with a representative republic really is. The rest of the world still looks to the United States. We have our own struggles but the whole world looks to see what we’re going to do and how we’re going to lead. Its a good day for us to remember that.”
Senator Lankford also brought his loveable Labradoodle dog named, Liberty. Liberty clearly enjoys being the center of attention, even if he has to compete against a popular Oklahoman like Senator Lankford.
It was a great day highlighted by nice weather in the morning.
Tonight, fireworks will end the LibertyFest celebrations in Edmond.