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Kalispell Celebrates Independence Day

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KALISPELL - 4th of July traditions are underway across the country and Americans celebrate in many different ways.

Flathead Valley residents and out-of-town guests crowded Main Street to celebrate America's Independence.

"This is the 4th of July it's the greatest holiday we have in this country, so I just look around look at all these faces and the people who fought to keep our freedoms intact these is the least of what we can do,"  Barron said.

Patriotic flags colored in red, white and blue were seen on every street corner and in the hands of hundreds of children. To some, the 4th of July is a day to recognize America's freedom but to others like captain Jason Curtis the meaning goes deeper.

"My grandfather fought in War World II, he wanted to become an American citizen unfortunately he didn't do so in his lifetime, my father finally became an American citizen later in his life,"  Curtis said.

Veteran Rick Taylor served in Desert Storm from 1986 to 1994. He said it's important for people to reflect on the heroes who sacrificed their lives for our liberty.

"Independence Day means a lot to me, and freedom, we have the freedom to do what we want to do, we have the right to say what we want,  and without it I don't think we would be here today,"  Taylor said.

Captain Curtis adds he is thankful to his grandfather for paying the ultimate price for freedom.

"This is just a way for me to give back to my family and to give back to the country that they wanted to be apart of United States of America,"  Curtis said.

Following the parade community members gathered at Depot Park for a family barbecue and ice cream social.

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