Despite the cloudy skies and the forecast of rain, hundreds came to downtown Shepherdstown to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
Monday morning parade participants lined up along Church Street getting ready to march for the town’s annual parade.
“And to be here out here celebrating on a beautiful, slightly overcast Monday. And so yeah Fourth of July is a great time to come out and celebrate as a community,” said Sandy Sponaugle, Rotary Club Board President
The parade took up two blocks and lasted for just under an hour. Participants from over 60 community organizations from around the eastern panhandle met on Church Street and marched down German Street.
“We have all sorts of different groups. We have the community library, different Shepherdstown clubs, Shepherdstown based organizations, and Jefferson County based organizations, eastern panhandle. We have a huge contingency with horses with hearts,” said Sponaugle.
Those in attendance got a chance to see everything from old engine cars, animals and even received free candy. Some who came said they had fun and believe the parade is good for the town of Shepherdstown.
“To keep people coming to the town, keep the town up and running and people coming in and I know the ghost of Shepherdstown shows up now, it brings people in especially the smaller businesses up and running,” said Taylor Carroll, Shepherd University student.
“It helps out the local businesses you know you get a good bit of people out here. They go into the stores and shop. It helps out the businesses I feel,” said Corey Lewis, a Baltimore resident.
Going forward the rotary club says they’re going to continue the tradition in hopes of inspiring future generations to learn their nation’s history.