In Flathead County, friends and families lined Main Street in downtown Kalispell for the annual Fourth of July parade. Everyone in attendance was wearing their best red, white and blue apparel.

Color guards, World War II veterans, horse clubs and youth groups walked in the parade.

For the kids, this was a chance to wave, catch candy and enjoy the music. Parents who have been coming to the parade every year told NBC Montana that the event means much more.

“It makes me feel patriotic and it’s just a cool vibe from the whole community, which is nice,” said Jennifer Hawes, a Kalispell resident.

“It makes me very proud to be American. It makes me realize all the different freedoms that we have and the liberties that we are blessed with in our nation,” said Kara Allen, a Kalispell resident.

Following the parade, everyone in attendance was invited to a free ice cream social at the Conrad Mansion.