WATSONTOWN–The Watsontown 4th of July Parade is a big tradition for a relatively small community in Northumberland County. Hundreds of people lined the streets for the annual parade. Ruth Gelnett and her family have come every year since 1955.
“It looks like the whole town of Watsontown is here. And then some! Because my sister and them came up,” Gelnett said.
People say it is a tradition for them to watch the floats, fire trucks and classic cars drive by.
“It’s exciting. We like to come over every year and see family and friends and the kids get involved. They love it,” Amanda Welliver said.
The kids enjoy grabbing the candy that people throw. Three year old Emily Welliver of Milton knows just what she wants in her candy bag.
“Big mints! You like the big mints? Yeah! And tootsie rolls? Yeah, I really like tootsie rolls,” Emily Welliver said.
Non-profit organizations used the event as a fundraiser to make some extra money for their groups.
After the parade, people were invited to a party in the park with games, food and craft vendors. After all of that, fireworks later at night.