West Peoria's Fourth of July Parade

Published 07/04 2014 06:04PM

Updated 07/05 2014 09:38AM

WEST PEORIA - The meaning of Fourth of July is to celebrate American’s independence. And every year, West Peoria celebrates that independence with a parade.

The streets were packed today for the annual Fourth of July parade. All ages were on top for the celebration.

But there was one common theme among the young ones: candy.

Most kids say they came to the parade for those sweet treats, but one particular says he came for something different.

“Seeing the soldiers,” Joey Rummans said.

And the parade has plenty of them.

The soldiers are also the reason Mary Reiter of Peoria Heights keeps coming back to the West Peoria parade.

“It means that our military, past and present, gave us this freedom we can share today.”

Reiter used to celebrate this holiday with her husband, a war vet. He died four years ago, but she has kept up this tradition.

“I’m an American. It’s a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July,” Reiter said.

Dozens of organizations were represented in the parade today, including WMBD.

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