After Four Years, VP Parade Reverses Course

Brett Blume
July 04, 2018 - 1:03 pm

(KMOX/Brett Blume)


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Despite high heat and humidity (no surprise for July 4th in St. Louis) people turned out by the thousands for Wednesday morning's VP Parade downtown.


Parade goers were asked what the Independence Day holiday means to them.


"It's fireworks, lots of fun, lots of things to eat," replied one man. "And lately it's meant a lot of heat."


"Just celebrating our independance, our freedom. Thinking of those that fought for us so we would be free," a woman told KMOX News.


And another parade watcher explained, "Well, since I'm a veteran I'm proud to be down here to celebrate."


Watching the floats, clowns and marching bands go by put others in the mind of 4th of Julys gone by.


"As a kid we used to make homemade ice cream and sat under a tree and just ate ice cream until you couldn't eat no more," one main recalled. "There's nothing better than homemade ice cream."


After the Edward Jones fireworks show goes off tonight at 9:35 pm to wrap up Day One, Fair St. Louis will take a one day break on Thursday before wrapping up on Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.


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