WALTON — Jenn Birkey sat in a lawn chair off of Main Street Friday afternoon with her young daughters close by.
Originally from Galveston, they now live in Walton and enjoy the small-town events the two towns provide.
“I just think it’s great that our community gets together to do things that the community can be involved in,” Birkey said.
With activities planned throughout the day and evening, the community was involved in celebrating Independence Day Friday, a holiday Birkey said holds an importance that should continue to be taught to future generations.
She said it’s all about “celebrating our country and what our country is founded on” — specifically those who sacrifice time with their families and in some cases their lives in service of the country.
“It’s very important to teach my girls what it means to me,” she continued. She hopes they will go on to pass the same principles down to their children.
Birkey and her daughters set up on the south side of town. To the north, people continued to come out in droves where they set up chairs and tents of their own while playing music and socializing in preparation for the parade that was to follow.
A few houses down, more multi-generational bonding was taking place among Nancy Click and her young grandsons.
“It’s good to see the town come together for something like this,” said Click, who was born and raised in Walton. “It’s important to show support for your country and show your patriotism.”
It wasn’t long before paraders headed down Main Street on everything from classic cars and tractors to horses and roller skates.
Many of the parade’s attendees were Walton natives like Click, but some ventured from larger locales for the small-town atmosphere the community provides.