MILTON — Spirits were high Sunday at Milton's Fourth of July parade. The rain let up, leaving a cloudy and warm morning.
The parade started at the Milton Elementary School, weaving down onto Route 7 and ending at Bombardier Park.
Floats were of all shapes and sizes ranging from dance troupes to vintage cars and tractors. After last year’s parade cancellation due to COVID-19, everyone was happy to be out there in person.
“It was nice to see the community come back together as a whole, like we always used to,” said Sergeant Paul Locke of the Milton Police Department.
With high vaccination rates in Vermont of more than 80% of the population, all pandemic restrictions are lifted. This leaves people to reconnect with friends, family and neighbors in-person. The parade offered that opportunity.
“It means a lot," Locke said. "Everyone’s ready to get back out, get outside and do thing and get back together as a community."
The community lined the entire parade route in Milton. Neighbors set up barbeques, and people were gathered in friendly groups. All were donning their red white and blue.
“It was really nice being out and seeing everybody," Janet Richards said. "I kept thanking people for coming out.
Janet and Terry Richards were part of the Milton Historical Society float. They were walking behind the float, handing out candy and saying hello to friends and neighbors.
“Most welcome and tremendously needed,” Terry Richards said, speaking of what the parade meant to him.