Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving Reporter
Irving residents come out for an annual tradition as they celebrate the fourth with a parade, music, food and drink.
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Irving Wednesday morning for the city's annual Fourth of July parade.
Float after float, Irving residents and businesses showed how ordinary people have helped shape American history.
"This is what Independence Day is all about. Everybody gets to come out and celebrate their Independence here in America," said Joseph Moses, recreation manager for the city. "It's a great reflection on the city of Irving in diversity of our community out here."
Grace Urias showed up with three generations of her family.
"I am an Irving resident my whole life, and this is just a tradition we do every year. We don't have to work, we just get to kick back and just have a good time and celebrate America's birthday," she said.
Eighty-eight groups participated in the hour-long parade, which ended with another celebration at Heritage Park.
The festivities continue Wednesday evening in Las Colinas. More music, entertainment, and a fireworks display will be featured at the intersection of Las Colinas Boulevard and Lake Carolyn Parkway.