Montrose Fourth celebration draws thousands (with photos)

By Perry Russom

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM EDT

Montrose, Pa (WBNG Binghamton) Dozens of floats and fire engines rumbled through Montrose as their sirens sliced the air during the Fourth of July parade.

"There's a lot a red, white and blue going around," said Jared Fowler, of Brackney, Pa.

The parade's route winded for a mile and a half through town.

"Every year we come on the Fourth of July," said Nancy Witter, of Great Bend, Pa. "It's just the best parade and the best show."

The parade joined a 5k race and an arts and crafts show as the day's main events.

"We just love our community, we love our country and we're happy to entertain people," Ed DeWitt of the Kiwanis Lions and Rotary Club in Montrose, one of the organizing groups.

Approximately 100 vendors setup on Montrose's Green next to the county courthouse for the arts and crafts show.

One vendor was the Nicholson United Methodist Church.

They brought more than 13,000 of their Welsh cookies to sell.

"This is a great parade, a great day and they always get a big crowd here," said Jack Jones of the Nichols United Methodist Church.

American flags waved on poles, crafts and even shirts.

"I was thinking about this weeks ago," said Fowler of his American flag golf shirt. "That's why I bought this shirt in the first place."

The town's celebration drew visitors from Louisville, Ky., like Christy Baker.

"Huge parade, great fun," said Baker. "It's nice to come up here and get some shopping done afterwards."

The day's meaning wasn't simply about a parade or shopping. Mary Ostrowsky said it's all about celebrating our country.

"I am one of the most staunch Americans that God ever sent down here," said Ostrowsky of Tunkhannock, Pa. "I love America."

The night was set to end with a fireworks show at Montrose Area High School.