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Tedd Florendo, Reporter

Las Vegas Celebrates the Fourth of July

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The people we talked to say they don't mind getting up early on a holiday. The people we talked to say they don't mind getting up early on a holiday.
Both the parade and barbecue helped to unite our community. Both the parade and barbecue helped to unite our community.

The Fourth of July is a great day to celebrate and reflect on our history. It's a chance to celebrate the freedom we live with every day. It's also a time to honor those who've served our country and ensured our freedom.

One of those celebrations included the popular Summerlin Parade. It always starts bright and early and the sea of red, white and blue colors seem to get bigger and brighter every year.

The sidewalks were packed by 8 a.m. with bystanders all dressed in their stars and stripes. There was no shortage of patriotism at the 14th annual Independence Day Parade. Even the kids jumped into their closets to find the best red, white and blue clothing to wear.

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The people we talked to say they don't mind getting up early on a holiday. To them, it's more than just a holiday. Some of the people say coming together wearing their colors shows a sign of solidarity and patriotism.

"We're here to celebrate and thank everybody for honoring our country, right? And giving us the freedom to be here today," said Roy Nelson.

Meanwhile, down at the Veterans Center on Bonanza, Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley helped sponsor a barbeque in honor of all those homeless vets here in Las Vegas. The lines were long, but every one of them got a hearty meal and a thank you for providing that freedom we live under today.

Both the parade and barbecue helped to unite our community.

"Fourth of July is all about giving. You got a place to stay and you got some homeless people who don't have a place to stay. Offer it. Offer what you have because if you believe in a higher power like I do, anything you give will come back to you," said former homeless veteran Joseph Bryant.

Bryant served in the Korean conflict. He used to be one of the faceless veterans living on the streets, but three years ago he came to one of the homeless vet barbecues at the Veterans Center. He says it was at that time, with the help and sincerity of the people at that event, he was able to change and turn his life around.

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