Celebrating the 4th of July Region 8 Style

July 4, 2006--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

REGION 8-- On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Philadelphia.  For 230 years, July 4th has been marked as Independence Day and everyone has their own way of celebrating. And Tuesday in Region 8 was no exception.

"I've been down here most of my life and seen most of these parades," said Corning resident Osel Edington.

In Corning bright and early Tuesday morning, thousands came out for the 62nd Homecoming Picnic Parade. It's an event that rallies the community and is a good time for both young and old.

"My whole family is here. I have 14 here and we always spend 4th of July together," said Edington

Corning wasn't the only place in Region 8 celebrating. Pocahontas celebrated the holiday with 4th on the Black. It was a festival that had a little bit of something for everyone, with a unique Randolph County flavor.

"Roasted some ribs tips and everything, just a little something something for the folks to eat," said David Looney.

Looney was doing what most Americans do on this hot summer holiday...cook out.

"I believe that is one of the American traditions. If you don't have a barbeque on the 4th of July then it ain't the 4th of July," said Looney.

Cook outs, and festivals are just a sampling of why Region 8 residents always look forward to the 4th of July.

"Shooting bottle rockets, having fun with my friends and getting dunked," said Larry McCain.

Everyone has their own idea of what they enjoy doing on Independence Day, however everyone agrees on the real importance behind the holiday.

"Happiness and freedom," said Tiffany Grooms.

"4th of July means freedom and one of the most wonderful places to live," said Edington.