Large crowd on hand for Creswell's annual 4th of July celebration

Creswell holds its annual 4th of July parade and celebration, July 4, 2017. (SBG photo)

CRESWELL, Ore. – In Creswell, one of Oregon’s biggest Independence Day celebrations continues its tradition this year.

Creswell held their Fourth of July parade Tuesday morning.

As participants put it, it's not a "Fourth of July in Creswell" until thousands of people gather in the street and parade through downtown to celebrate what it means to be an American.

Oregon Air National Guards and F-15 jets marked the start of the parade and children didn't hesitate to leap for candy.

But how much did they know about the deeper meaning of the festivities?

We asked, what are the words to the Star-Spangled Banner? “No, never heard of that,” said youngster Blake Sannes of Cottage Grove.

What is everybody celebrating with fireworks? “Sprinkles,” said one toddler.

How many stars are on the American flag? “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!” said toddler Dani Booth.

Details aside, parade goers let out a big cheer for those who paved the way for our freedom.

“I love being free. We can celebrate without worrying about terrorists, hopefully,” said Mike Howland of Cottage Grove.

You don't have to be an American to know that that the Fourth of July is a special day to celebrate being an American.

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