This year, to accommodate larger crowds, the route was reversed to start on Maple street instead of Handward Hill. Spectators who packed East Longmeadow’s 4th of July parade sparkled with red, white, and blue. Can you tell she used to be in parades? “I can go out & twirl. ok?! I grew up a baton twirler, drum & bugle corps. I love parades. I like being them. I don’t like to watch them” exclaimed Carolyn Daniels. Carolyn’s husband David used to march in parades as well. He’s excited he doesn’t have to go far to catch a glimpse of one. “It’s great to be out here on the 4th. we don’t have to travel, got it right here in our backyard. What do they call it? A staycation?” he asked.
The Daniels aren’t the only ones with a personal connection to the festivities. Many came to cheer family members on they say they take pride in their town’s 4th of July celebrations. “My neice & nephew are in the parade, but additionally i think it’s important to support your local community” stated Alissa Teta Bachelor. “I live right down the street, my daughter’s a cheerleader at East Longmeadow High, so i got to watch her & it’s great” Michael Tuitt said. The party won’t stop there. “We’re going to barbeque, we’re go to the Springfield fireworks this evening, we’re going to see some family” he added. Partying isn’t for everyone on the 4th of July. “No. I’m going for a nice bike ride this afternoon. A nice long bikeride” shared Frances Teta.
The parade is the grand finale in the town’s summer carnival.