BOISE -- The Fourth of July is the most American of holidays. We celebrate our independence, but it's also a time to reflect and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, to the people who fought for them.
The "We the People" Liberty Day Parade wound through downtown Boise Wednesday morning. This year's theme was "Celebrate the Constitution -- Securing Liberty for 225 Years."
"Patriotism is alive and well in Boise, Idaho," said Conrad Nill, who drove a 1941 Dodge Command car in the parade, decorated to honor captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl.
Many of the floats in this year's parade centered around the Constitution, the freedoms it provides, and the brave veterans who helped protect them.
"A lot of people don't necessarily understand all the hard work that these veterans put forth to make our country what it is," said 13-year-old Dravin Goodman, who also participated in the parade.
"I think it demonstrates the importance and sacrifice that these veterans have given the country," said Nill.
Russ Whale was one of the hundreds that came out to see the parade. "I'm here for the enjoyment, and to honor the people that have fought for our country, and the wonderful nation that we do have," he said.
Parade organizers and those watching say the day was about honoring and celebrating the fact that they can honor and celebrate however they want.
"Celebrating the Fourth means we get to celebrate our democracy, our independence, our freedom of expression, and this great city that we live in," said Dana Zuckerman, who brought her family to the parade.
"America's the freest country and Idaho's the greatest state to live in," said Elysse Baumbach, the parade's spokesperson. "It's just very exciting."
Or as one young parade goer answered when asked what he was celebrating, "Free country and awesomeness!"