Thousands turn out along Riverdale parade route

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:27 PM

RIVERDALE — Plenty of lawn chairs were put to good use, footballs and baseballs were tossed back and forth and cold drinks were served in abundance along 4400 South in Riverdale on Thursday.

Thousands of spectators showed up for Riverdale’s “Old Glory Days” Fourth of July celebration. On 4400 South, a sea of people walked the street, following the parade route.

“I’ve been coming here for a lot of years and I can’t ever remember this many people,” said Roy resident Amy Blassie. “There is a crazy amount of people out here today, especially considering how hot it’s been.”

The day’s festivities began at 9 a.m. with the “Pedals & Paws Children’s Parade.” The parade featured children on the bikes, accompanied by their dogs.

The Old Glory Days Parade began at 9:30 a.m., with the parade route running west along 4400 South starting at 700 West heading to Parker Drive and then north to Riverdale Park.

At the park, booths and concessions were be open, offering games, food, and types of fun and entertainment.

“Next to Christmas, the Fourth (of July) is my favorite holiday,” said Riverdale resident Tony Damita. “It doesn’t really get any better than this.”

The scene was much the same at North Ogden’s Cherry Days Celebration.

After a morning parade along 400 East, large crowds gathered at North Ogden Park, where carnival rides and vendor booths dotted the park grounds.

The celebration also featured a 5K run, a 4 on 4 volleyball tournament, a car show and even a pie eating contest.

“This is a great day that we always enjoy,” said Brigham City resident Barry Halverson. “It’s nice to have a day to think about all of the people who came before us and made this country into what it is today.”

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