BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Bangor and Brewer put on its annual Fourth of July parade which was viewed by a lot of people.
It does not matter if you have seen the parade before.
"I think we've been here since Cole was born, actually so this will be the fifth time he's been here," parade watcher Heather Harriman said.
Or if this is your first time, people love it.
"This is our first year living in Bangor and we love the parade," parade watchers Ally Lukas and John Turner said.
"It's a good way to get out and see people in the community. It's a good run, so you get to watch the run and then a nice parade to kick off the Fourth of July," Harriman said.
"This has a nice hometown community feel. This is about community which is really wonderful to see," Lukas and Turner said.
In order to get that community feeling it takes a lot of time to organize the festivities. Parade chair Doug Damon said it takes about six months for the five different Kiwanis Clubs around Bangor and Brewer to organize this parade.
He said somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 people participated in the parade, along with five bands and military veterans.
"Everybody turns out for it. They love our parade; they love to honor the veterans. I'm a veteran of 35 years, but if you walk in the parade with the veterans the clapping never stops for them all the way around and it's a great way to honor vets for what they have done," Damon said.
Seeing all those veterans made Ally and John proud.
"It's nice to see the patriotism of the area and how many people have really made such a sacrifice so we can have a great Fourth of July and Independence Day," Lukas and Turner said.
As the parade made its way down Wilson Street and into Bangor lots of people were able to thank the veterans and display their patriotism.