Independence Day sparks a celebratory mood

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From the flags that lined Main Street between the crowd of people holding their own flags, to the sparkling colors that filled the sky above Rocket Stadium Thursday night, this year’s Independence Day celebrations in Roxboro seemed to bring about a cheery atmosphere to all those who watched or took part in the day’s events.

Roxboro’s celebration kicked off Thursday morning with a parade along Main Street that featured everything from motorcycles, police cars and antique cars to wagons, fire trucks and traditional red, white and blue floats.

As the parade entrants passed in front of the Person County Courthouse, they crossed under a large American flag suspended from the ladder of a Roxboro fire truck.

As the day wore on and the outside temperatures heated up the atmosphere, sparking strong thunderstorms, the fireworks show set for Thursday night looked like they might not happen.

But the storm passed relatively quickly and by 7 p.m., two hours before the first firework exploded people started staking out their favorite viewing locale. People parked in store and shopping center parking lots. Some pulled out camping chairs while others spread blankets on the ground or in the bed of a pickup truck. Some people ventured into Rocket Stadium to get an up close view of the show, while others were parked as far away as Clayton Avenue to the south.

The show went off without a hitch, wowing the thousands of spectators who set out to watch the show.

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