The parade route was packed and Wait Park welcomed thousands as this year's July 4 event attracted a huge crowd

JOHN BAKER - Future firefighter? Who knows? But this little guy had a great time running through the Canby Fire District's obstacle course Tuesday.Canby Main Street Manager Jamie Stickel looked around Wait Park and smiled – it was a smile of joy tinged with a little bit of worry. The Canby Independence Day Celebration was in full swing Tuesday morning and it was obvious the participation level had reached – well, a new level. The masses descended on Canby for this year's Fourth of July event, which Stickel noted was a great thing, but it was a little intimidating. "It's amazing, right?" she both stated and asked. "The crowds for the parade were huge and look at all these people." She was right. This year's parade didn't just have people lining the parade route, it had crowds lining the way. Big crowds from start to finish for this year's kickoff portion of the event. From there, the bodies just kept coming, filling up Canby's downtown area to check out a car show along First Avenue, enjoy some music in the beer garden along Second Avenue, then check out more music and more than 60 vendors in and around Wait Park. It was, just by the eye test, a roaring success.

JOHN BAKER - The Canby Independence Day Celebration had plenty to offer, including a little music by a band that features faces many will recognize.

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