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2:02 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Big Crowd For Irondequoit's July 4th Celebration

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Irondequoit's annual July 4th parade brought out big crowds on a clear, crisp day.

Richard DieJoia has been coming to this parade for a long time. He used to be the deputy town clerk and tax collector, and even though he doesn't live in the town anymore, he still makes sure he gets back for this parade, one of the larger July 4th events in the area.

DieJoia remembers just how supportive people in Irondequoit are for their July 4th celebration.

"Everybody was friendly, everybody...it was a family type affair, and even to this day, it's still a family-type affair. "

And among the relative newcomers, Dan Nguyen, a native of Vietnam who has been in this area for about 10 years now. He is a U.S. citizen and is glad he can help the nation celebrate its birthday.

"This is kind of a birthday of the United States, so, I love to celebrate my birthday, and so it's for the U.S. also."

Nguyen says several of his relatives also live in the area now, and they appreciate the living conditions and the political system they now live under.