A flyover by the Boulder City Veterans Flying Group initiated the Independence Day "Damboree" celebration along Nevada Way.
"Fourth of July in Boulder City. It's a wonderful day to celebrate and appreciate our troops for taking care of us and taking care of our lives," said resident Mary Edelstein.
The parade displayed more than 75 participants including politicians, nonprofit groups and local youth pride.
"This place is amazing because we can come out here and do stuff like this and not have to worry about some of the things that happen in other parts of the world," said Bob Robertson, a visitor from North Carolina.
More than 6,000 people filled the main streets of Boulder City, waving flags and snapping pictures. Some babies were celebrating their first Independence Day while others were simply proud to have contributed to the country's freedom.
"Memories of all the veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice and also for my son, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan," said James Patton, a Navy veteran.
"It means a lot to us because we are a military family but it's mainly to celebrate America's birthday and the freedom that we have," said Natalie Goodwin.
Nearby businesses took advantage of the crowds and the holiday to generate some extra cash.
"If they honor America by wearing the colors red, white and blue, they get 60 percent off today," said the manager of Experience Merchandise, Patricia Nixon.
"It's a great place for the family to hang out, watch the parade. They have the best fireworks in the valley. We just like to come down here and have a good family day," added Jonathon Robertson.
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