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Homewood's 2012 Fourth of July Parade

Despite the heat, hundreds turned out for Wednesday's parade along Ridge Road.

Families lined Ridge Road in for the annual Fourth of July Parade Wednesday, July 4.

Picking a spot along the curb with blankets and lawn chairs -- or just setting up camp in the shade of the tree on a sidewalk -- viewers claimed their perches as early as 45 minutes before the 11 a.m. parade began.

Jeff and Jessica Cook live in Oak Forest but Jessica is from Homewood. It's become a family tradition for her to bring her own family, which includes 6-year-old Emma and 2-year-old Sophie, back home to watch the festivities.

"We do it every year," she said.

Science Guy July 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Despite the hot, it was a really great parade! My 2 and 5-yr old really enjoyed it all. Keep it up, Homewood!
jennifer July 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
We live on Ridge Road, so we've had a front row seat for years. This was definitely the best parade we've ever had. Years ago it was just a huge line of firetrucks blaring their sirens. We we delighted by the Minute Men, the Historical Society's Horse and wagon and the Dixieland band was fantastic!!!
Chris July 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I live on Ridge Road and the parade this year was fantastic! It was a big improvement from last year.
Jessie July 07, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It was a great parade. Family fun fest was great too
Linda Daniels July 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Why was there a Humvee blasting its horn from the beginning to the end of the parade? It blasted our ears and left us stunned with ear noise. Was the noise over the limit for noise allowed in a village? Were the decimals higher than the law allows? Tinnitus sufferers (there are many) have resounding after affects.
LocalRez July 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Linda - have you ever been to a parade before? I've lived in towns in several states and they all had loud firetrucks and police cars blasting their sirens for the 4th. If you knowingly have Tinnitus and plan to attend loud events it would seem bringing earplugs or ear protection would be the responsible thing to do. I don't have hearing issues and even I took earplugs because I don't like the sirens but I didn't let it spoil the event, I just planned ahead. If you really have an issue do you think some arbitrary noise limit is going to protect your hearing? I'm not sure if it even applies to emergency vehicles or if they are adjustable. .
Darlene Giesbrecht August 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
There were children riding on top of the vehicle, too. People along the route were holding their hands over their ears. Can you imagine the damage done to those kids hearing?

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