LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- Tens of thousands of people lined the streets for Lakewood's annual of Fourth of July parade.
"We live in the greatest country in the world and I am here to support everyone here today," said Susan Streitel, of Lakewood.
The patriotism of the parade was felt by everyone, even the littlest of watchers.
"I like celebrating Independence Day. And I like the free candy!" said James Thomo, of Lakewood.
The parade was extra sweet for Ronald Hubany of Lakewood, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
"This is just great to come out and see the community gather to respect what we stand for on the holiday of July 4th. To show honor and respect to the veterans of all wars," said Hubany.
For many people, exercising their rights is especially important approaching the 2012 Election.
"I think it's really important. We get to voice our opinions because we have a right to," said Michael Boyd, of Lakewood.
The right to celebrate the land of the free. Because of the brave.
"What this country stands for is freedom. It started in 1776 and it's still freedom today," said Hubany.