EVART — After an evening of incredible fireworks, thousands of Evart area residents and visitors filled Main Street for the annual parade extravaganza saluting the independence of the United States of America.

The parade was a grand affair taking an hour to pass through town past sidewalks jammed with appreciative admirers celebrating the holiday.

Led by members of the local VFW and AMVETS posts escorting Old Glory and flags of all branches of the military the parade offered a ton of fun including a chance to get up close and personal with the Evart Police Department dog and his partner Sergeant John Beam. Grand Marshal of the 2015 parade was long time Evart Public Schools music teacher Andrea Wheeler who has been a teacher, director, mentor and friend to generations of Evart district students.

The parade included all the elements for a great small town USA festival including marching Boy Scouts from Reed City classic tractors and even a good ol' timey doodlebug.

Bringing up the rear were horse riders on their enthusiastic mounts.

Following the parade, hundreds filled Evart's Riverside Park for the annual Party in the Park and a great lunch at the traditional cchicken barbecue offered by local Lions and members of the Masonic Lodge.

Another great celebration of America's independence in Evart.

Certainly one for the books!