TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Neighborhoods around Topeka went all out to celebrate America's 236th year of independence from Britain.
"This is the first, the biggest and the best," Stephen Clark said of festivities in his neighborhood of Collins Park.
From Collins Park with its the longest running parade in Topeka to College Hills' 22nd annual parade, neighbors say today is all about the local community, but also the wider, American community.
"[At] College Hill we try to be better neighbors and get out and meet everyone and get together and celebrate our country's birth," Brendan Jensen, VP of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, said.
"We're still one country even though we have political differences," Terry Beck, who attended celebrations at Lake Sherwood, said. "But neighborhoods come together for the most part they don't talk politics, they talk about our country," he said.
Even the youngest among the parade-goers at seemed to appreciate the meaning of the day.
"It means freedom and I'm just glad that America is free I guess," Jaci Fitzgibbons said. "Because not many countries have that I guess.
Whether your neighborhood parade is the biggest or the baddest, at the end of the day July Fourth is also about celebrating one very american value: having a good time.
"It's only a two-block parade but it's a whole lot of fun." Lake Sherwood resident Chris Herrick said.