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Independence Day celebrations commence in West Texas

Concho Valley Independence Day festivities continue with the Wall Fourth of July parade.

WALL, Texas — Independence Day celebrations began early Monday morning in the city of Wall. Many people gathered alongside Loop 570 for the Wall Fourth of July parade. Several residents were eager to celebrate the holiday. 

 “I’m just really excited to see like how we share our freedom and show it,” resident Bostyn Milligan said. 

This isn't Milligan’s first time at the Wall Fourth of July parade. Last year, he participated with his family and gave candy to the children. Although this year he's watching the parade, he has a clear understanding of what he’s grateful for. 

“I’m really grateful that I get to be standing here because of the people who fought for us, the people who died for us and I just really love to stand here before all of them and show how we are going to respect them,” Milligan said. 

Some traveled many miles to attend the parade. Andy Russell is from Tuscola but it’s an annual tradition he couldn't miss. 

“It grows every single year, seems like they are always trying to out-do themselves and this year is certainly no exception,” Russell said. 

Gary Kelton, also known as “Mr. K'' spent his morning creating balloon art and bringing smiles to children through his craft. For him, Independence Day has a much deeper meaning. 

“Everything, sorry… everything, very important to me and taking care of veterans is very important and respecting them,” Kelton said. 

Mr. K has a special message to all veterans this Fourth of July holiday. 

“We appreciate your service more than you know... It’s important to me because when I was in we didn't get respect. I was in during Vietnam and we didn't get respect but now we do,” Kelton said. 

Celebrations continued in the Concho Valley. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark fired artillery. At dusk, The Lake Nasworthy Homeowners Association will host their annual fireworks show at the lake. 

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