LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A sea of red, white, and blue covered the streets of downtown Boulder City during the city’s 76th annual 4th of July Damboree Celebration.

“The town is different. You have that old school vintage feel to it,” Marjorie Zaborski, a Boulder City resident attending the parade with her young children, said. “This is the historic district and it’s just friendly.”

The event has a long history of bringing people together, creating community and family traditions. It is a celebration people in the small town and beyond look forward to every year.

“I’ve been coming to the parade since I was probably 10 years old myself,” Boulder City resident Melanie Moses said. “It has been a part of my family, and I have always wanted to share with my children, which I did, who are now grown, and I are actually out there children.”

For others, it is the beginning of a new tradition.

“We just thought we’d come out and check out the area,” said Allen Avery. “We stumbled onto the parade and we’re like we’re going to stay because this is too much to action and we got a check it out.”

The festivities started bright and early with an all-American pancake breakfast complete with sausage and coffee. More than 600 people sat around and ate breakfast together at the Bicentennial Park in the small town.

At 9 a.m. the Boulder City Veterans Flying Group marked the official commencement of the festivities with a flyover, followed the main attraction, the parade, a celebration of American patriotism and pride.

“[The Fourth of July means] freedom, just like the song says,” Boulder resident Robert Shivley said as the song “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood played in the background. “America is one of the greatest countries in the world.”

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