KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Erica Barry
Thousands of families, veterans and Kailua residents attended Kailua's Annual Independence Day Parade Monday morning.
The tradition has been going on for 70 years and features marching bands, local businesses, elaborate floats and more. It is enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Kaiea, a young Kailua resident who had a lemonade stand at the parade, said he loves "seeing all the cool floats and stuff and cars and all the nice people. It's really awesome!"
Bob, a Vietnam veteran, says of the annual parade, "It's just a wonderful day, the families, the gatherings, it's incredible." This year, he watched the parade with his two dogs and his son, Scott, who is on active duty in the Army.
Parade organizers strive to maintain a community-based flavor while celebrating freedom, families and veterans.