Thousands celebrate Independence Day across the Chattahoochee Valley

Thousands celebrate Independence Day across the Chattahoochee Valley

(WTVM) - While some were grilling and enjoying their family, one group of young adults took to the streets in a parade for an Independence Day celebration.

It's a part of the Springer Opera House's 4th of July Parade down Broadway in Uptown Columbus.

"It is a tradition that we celebrate our country here. What it does for students is it bonds us just a little bit tighter," says Springer Education Director Sally Baker.

Some say this is their first time joining in and others who have been in it for years, say it never gets old.

"It's all about being who we are and loving ourselves. It's just great to be a Springer American. I love it!" says Sam Bolar, who has joined the celebration for over 10 years.

The parade is a special moment for organizers and those in attendance. On the other side of the river in Phenix City, hundreds of people crowded the Phenix City Amphitheater to enjoy live music, food and you can't forget the fireworks.

"It's some gorgeous fireworks they have every year. I really do enjoy it. It's a good family environment," says Charlie Daniel.

The fireworks lit up the night sky over the Chattahoochee River.

"We dance and everything else. We just came out here and had a good time," says Phenix City resident Delbert Kirby.

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