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Fourth of July celebrated across Inland Empire

July 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fourth of July events were held all across the Inland Empire on Thursday.

Ontario's All-States Picnic is a long-standing tradition, where folks from across the country are encouraged to celebrate together. The concept has evolved, but the main idea still holds strong - good fun on the Fourth of July.

The celebration kicked off with a parade, which drew close to 10,000 people, according to city estimates. The parade started on Euclid Avenue and 4th Street and headed south. Kids of all ages participated. City officials say there were 83 entries in the parade, including a number of people on horseback and eight bands, including the Ontario High School Marching Band.

There was plenty of fun and food, but many parade-goers said the Fourth of July means more than just festivities.

"We're just happy with our freedom, of course, and we're just happy that we live in a country where we have the rights to do what we want to do," said one resident.

On the picnic grounds, banners proudly read the names of different states across the country.

Meantime, Lytle Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest was a popular destination for many families looking to enjoy Independence Day. By mid- afternoon , the road into Lytle Creek had to be shut down to visitors because it was so full.

There was plenty to do, from wading to relaxing in the spring-fed waters. The creek provided a place for many children to explore nature up-close.


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