This is the 38th annual Montrose 4th of July celebration and it is big. About ten-thousand people were expected to attend. There were fifty organizations in the parade, including emergency vehicles, bag pipers, veterans, service groups and a lot more. Ed DeWitt helps coordinate the day, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs. He says this year's theme is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Coordinator of July 4th Celebration, Ed Dewitt says, "We're going to recognize those heroes that have in fact allowed us to be the land of the free, so it's going to be a great day for honoring. It's kind of like a second Memorial Day to honor those heroes who have given us our independence and all of the freedoms that we enjoy."
On the green in Montrose, dozens of vendors set up shop. Everything from clothing to jewelry, raffle tickets, drinks and arts and crafts were sold. Pam Castellani was one of the vendors. She co-owns The Country Fog, based in Sweet Valley, PA. She says the venture started off as a hobby and then blossomed and expanded. The Castellani's sell wood items, twig wreaths, bird houses, yarn dolls and her specialty, decorations created through wheat weaving, which is a skill that she says is thousands of years-old.
Owner of The Country Frog Pam Castellani says, "We like to do shows, especially this one for the Fourth of July. It's great, there's a chicken barbecue, a big parade and it's a lot of fun. I would come here even if we didn't do the show, I think, just because it's a lot of fun."
Fireworks will be set off near Montrose High School at dusk.
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