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Independence celebrated in Waterbury

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It's the celebration of independence that has become tradition.

Maggie Cosgrove says she's been coming with her family since she was 2-years-old. Another young spectator, Destiny Gibbs, said, "It's a nice time to spend time with family and have fun."

It's a week early, but the Waterbury Not Quite Independence Day Celebration is no less of a good time.

"He's got front row seats. You really couldn't ask for anything better," said Sandal Cay, enjoying the parade with her brother.

There are also those who have seen the community at it's very best, and very worst. "We have all spent a lot of time caring for this community since the flood," said Jennifer Lajoie of Waterbury. "So it's nice to enjoy our streets now back the way they were."

The parade stretches down Main Street. "It’s way bigger than what we're used to so it's a good time," says Sophie Pitt, visiting from Richmond.

This year there are also plenty of giveaways. "Heard there's going to be some coffee, going to get some coffee, or Ben and Jerry's that's what we're looking forward to," Pitt said. Others, who might not be hardcore coffee drinkers, have other freebees in mind - candy.

For Lajoie, the Green Mountain Mile Run is the highlight of the day, “I like doing the Green Mountain Mile because I get to do it with my daughter."

But no matter what may bring you to the crowded streets of Waterbury, it's all about celebrating the country's independence.


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