'Look at all the patriotism. Everybody wears red, white and blue'

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Each year thousands of spectators from across the region come to Creswell to celebrate their independence at the town's 4th of July parade.

Creswell resident Bill Walpole has stood along the parade route for the last three decades, watching the crowds grow from a few thousand to nearly 40,000 people.

"Look at all the patriotism. Everybody wears red, white and blue," said Wapole.

The dozens of parade entries showcased the region's local flavor, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy.

"This is a great honor to be here," said Allan Sustello, who was representing the Lane County Sheriff's Office on horseback, "We're just here to support the sheriff and sheriff's office, and search and rescue anyway we can. We just love coming down here."

From the horses to marching bands, former armed forces member Ron Heyerly said none of this would be possible without the brave men and women who defend our country.

"Parades like this just bring the community together and bring out the people that really enjoy their freedoms in America," said Heyerly.

At dusk there will be a professional firework show in Creswell, best viewed from the Creslane Elementary or Creswell High School.