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Blaise Fluker, 21 months, rides in a wagon in the parade.

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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Blaise Fluker, 21 months, rides in a wagon in the parade.

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Cannons Marina Owner David Miller waves to the crowd as he passes them in the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Cannons Marina Owner David Miller waves to the crowd as he passes them in the parade.

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Finley Anderson, 6 months, joins in the Independence Day celebration.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Finley Anderson, 6 months, joins in the Independence Day celebration.

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Finn Fluker, 4, tries to get his pinwheel to spin.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Finn Fluker, 4, tries to get his pinwheel to spin.

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Finn Fluker, 4, rides in a wagon in the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Finn Fluker, 4, rides in a wagon in the parade.

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Community members lined the streets at Freedom Fest.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Community members lined the streets at Freedom Fest.

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Giuliana Bankert, 1 month, sleeps through the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Giuliana Bankert, 1 month, sleeps through the parade.

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Harrison Troyan, 6, shoots Alex Mahadevan in the face with a water gun.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Harrison Troyan, 6, shoots Alex Mahadevan in the face with a water gun.

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Dominic Torres, 6, helps his sister Isabella, 3, release butterflies the Longboat Key Garden Club provided.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Dominic Torres, 6, helps his sister Isabella, 3, release butterflies the Longboat Key Garden Club provided.

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Colin Bankert, 2, enjoys riding in his wagon.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Colin Bankert, 2, enjoys riding in his wagon.

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Colin Bankert, 2, and Gigi Tuffile, 3, ride in the parade in style.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Colin Bankert, 2, and Gigi Tuffile, 3, ride in the parade in style.

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Adam Hughes marches with Observer staff members in the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Adam Hughes marches with Observer staff members in the parade.

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Aidan Shoulson, 7, releases a butterfly into the butterfly garden at Freedom Fest.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Aidan Shoulson, 7, releases a butterfly into the butterfly garden at Freedom Fest.

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Aidan Newman, 7, and his little brother Uriah, 3, show off patriotism at Freedom Fest.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Aidan Newman, 7, and his little brother Uriah, 3, show off patriotism at Freedom Fest.

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Digital Content Producer Alex Mahadevan braces himself as children take turns spraying him with water.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Digital Content Producer Alex Mahadevan braces himself as children take turns spraying him with water.

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Amelia Bridges, 2, paints at one of the activity stations at Freedom Fest.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Amelia Bridges, 2, paints at one of the activity stations at Freedom Fest.

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Shelties Annie and Bandit
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Shelties Annie and Bandit

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Averie Robinson rides a colorful moped in the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Averie Robinson rides a colorful moped in the parade.

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Cielo Trujillo, 6, participates in the egg race.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Cielo Trujillo, 6, participates in the egg race.

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Jacob Jensen, 7, rides his decorated bike in the parade.
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Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 | Jacob Jensen, 7, rides his decorated bike in the parade.

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