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Written by Matt Davis on July 5, 2018. Posted in News/Weather

The red, white and blue adorned the many floats, ATVs, cars and even mule-drawn carriages which participated in the 33rd annual Cave Spring 4th of July Parade on Wednesday morning.

Christa Jackson, parade founder, says that the parade is a tradition that began with her family more than three decades ago; it has grown significantly over the years.  Her ultimate aim is to foster the spirit of patriotism throughout all generations.

The parade, along with the fireworks display held on Saturday night, drew a swarm of visitors to Cave Spring, according to Rip Montgomery, chairman of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority.  When those visitors get wind of the community’s jam-packed slate of annual events, he adds, they are bound to return.

Rome businessman Rick Harwell was among those in attendance at the Cave Spring parade.  He says he was there to enjoy the people (and the candy) and to support his grandchildren, who participated in the parade.

Jane Tucker, who has in her own right contributed to American history as a local Rosie the Riveter during the second World War, says that events such as the Cave Spring 4th of July Parade strengthen the patriotic spirit of Americans young and old.

Many attendees chilled out with homemade ice cream served at Cave Spring Methodist Church after the parade.

Local 4th of July festivities also included the annual Patriotic Party in the Park hosted by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation at Ridgeferry Park, which ended with fireworks on Wednesday night.

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