Holiday parade fills the streets

By Caroline Goggin

July 4, 2014 Updated Jul 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM EST

Montrose, Pa. (WBNG Binghamton) Fourth of July celebrations took place all day in Montrose on Friday, highlighted by an annual parade this morning.

The streets were lined with thousands of people decked out in red, white and blue.

Floats and numerous organizations hit the town's streets to celebrate the work of military, local businesses and the state of Pennsylvania.

Parade-goers traveled from all over the East Coast to see the sights.

"This is my hometown. This is where I grew up until my teenage years and I love this place," said Montrose native Heidi Coleman. "And I want my family to come back and see it and enjoy it too."

Other parade attendees also attended the parade in their hometown to share the tradition with their families.

"We bring our grandchildren here every year on the fourth for the parade, and they usually come up from New Jersey," said Rush, Pa. native Bud Warriner. "They like to come see everything that goes on."

This year's parade had three themes: freedom, bravery and respect.

There was also a special surprise added just before the parade's start. An organized flash mob took to the streets to pump up the crowd of people.