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Tradition continues in Austin with annual Freedomfest celebration

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC)- Millions of people all across the country are celebrating the birth of our country Wednesday, and in Austin they are celebrating with an all-day, city-wide party for the entire family to enjoy.

Freedomfest is a yearly tradition, but it is not every year when temperatures get this high.

People marching in the parade shared a similar sentiment. When asked about marching in the parade, a participant going by simply screamed out "HOT!"

Despite the heat, families arrived at main street for the parade, excited to celebrate and honor the United States of America.

Joe Wigham has attended Freedomfest every year since he was a child, and now he shares the fun with Sydney Erickson and their daughter.

"I think it's awesome for the kids and a good way to celebrate our country," shares Sydney.

The parade is not the only part of the festivities as everyone walked over to Bandshell Park afterwards for music, games and more family fun. It is an all-day event that gets the whole family excited, even for Joe and Sydney's young daughter.

"Yeah, she's having fun. She just wants all the candy. She just wants to eat candy," says Joe and Sydney as they hand their daughter a tootsie roll.

Even those that have lived in Austin their entire lives still enjoy coming out each year.

"And they've moved this all over the City of Austin," shares Arnold Earl, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a resident of Austin for 68 years. "They started out on the east side by the lake and then they decided they wanted to move it to North Main so they moved it down there and now it's down on South Main, which is fine. It's a very good deal, I think."

The flags fly every so proudly on this day, and the people of Austin take the opportunity to celebrate the red, white and blue.

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