2019 Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade

The crowd stands as the American Legion Post 245 honor guard carries the flags at the beginning of the parade during the Biggest Small Town Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in Seguin.

This week the community celebrated Independence Day with a few long-time traditions and some new ones.

Growing up in this community, one of my favorite things to do was go to the Fourth of July parade.

That still holds true today.

This week we had the annual march down Austin Street along with the Fireworks Fiesta and the new-to-Seguin Field of Honor.

The Field of Honor opened last Saturday with a special ceremony that includes local dignitaries and first responders.

With the help of volunteers, more than 1,000 flags were planted in the field next to Faith Lutheran Church. Anyone who drove through town could see the amazing display.

The flags were sponsored by community members to either remember or honor a veteran, active duty military member and/or first responders.

The sight was something to see, as the breeze would pick up the flags and they would fly gracefully.

Every day I saw pictures of families and friends stopping in to pay tribute or show other loved ones the honor that was bestowed upon them. Each evening, a lone trumpet belted out “TAPS” and lights illuminated the field.

As the granddaughter, sister and sister-in-law of veterans, its beautiful sight to see.

On Wednesday, the city of Seguin with the help of Niagara Bottling Company and H-E-B light up the sky with the Fireworks Fiesta.

It was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. Just when you thought it was over, more rounds were shot high into the sky.

My niece and nephew loved it, as did all of the people who were watching around us.

You could hear the cheers and applause from all around. It was and always is a fun event. Thanks to those who put it all together.

Then comes the main event, the Biggest Small Town Parade. When I was younger, I didn’t realize how much of a big deal this parade was. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned.

One of the things I love about capturing the parade is all of the wonderful faces I get to see. Thousands of people line the street just to catch a glimpse of their family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors and strangers.

It is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate, and we seize it, 10 fold.

These are just some of the many reasons, I love this community and am proud to say I’m from Seguin.

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com

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