POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:35am
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — This year's fourth of July celebration marks the 238th year of American independence.
Downtown Brownsville was flooded with floats and viewers for this year's fourth of July parade. American flags and colors filled the area, even pets dressed up for the occasion. The patriotism truly shows.
Carlos Cascos, Cameron County Judge, "I appreciate the Brownsville Herald and the community coming together and having a celebration to celebrate this country's birth. I think that we really need to reflect on what it means to celebrate July 4th its Independence Day."
The parade was full of local businesses and clubs, but it was the veterans that stuck out for County Judge Cascos.
Cascos, "Sometimes we forget about the veterans and their families and all that they day. I'm very grateful as everybody is I'm sure of the veterans and let's not forget their families as well, because they do leave their families and many don't come back and we have to just remember them, honor them, and respect them."
Most people at the parade said that they will spend the day with friends and family, having barbeque, and taking in the local firework shows. Some added that they may even have a firework show of their own out in the county.
Popping them off outside the city is legal, however Judge Cascos offers a word of advice.
Cascos, "If you can't stop it, the best that you can do is to just offer advice. Be careful, always have some parental supervision and always have a bucket of water with you just in case. Enjoy the fireworks, enjoy July 4th, and Monday we get back to work."
The Salute to Freedom celebration continues at three this afternoon at the Brownsville Sports Park.