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.