WEST JORDAN, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - Thousands came out to celebrate our nations Birthday Thursday in West Jordan.
The West Jordan Independence Day Festival is the longest running show in town and kicked off with its annual parade.
Band performances from the West Jordan High School Jaguars and the Copper Hills Grizzlies are just some of the acts that attract thousands to the parade. For Crystal Demass and her family the parade has become tradition. “We sweat every year, but we can't stop coming,” says Demass.
For the last 10 years Demass and her family have attended the parade and look forward to it each year. Amongst Demass’ and the crowds favorites in the crowd include monster trucks, cultural dancers, bagpipes, singing and local royalty.
Retired Marine, Michael Olsen tells ABC 4 Utah Independence Day for him is a time to remember and honor our nations heroes. “It makes me proud to be who I am. It makes me proud of what I've done, but in a way it makes me sad because it is remembrance of all my fallen brothers and sisters,” says Olsen.
For Demass, she couldn’t agree more. She says, “The 4th of July for me is just a way for my family to come together to celebrate our country and our freedom and to pay respect to those who have given their lives for us."
Fireworks start at 10p.m Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information visit http://westernstampede.com