Temecula celebrates freedom at Fourth of July parade

Old Town Temecula was decked out in red, white and blue for the annual Fourth of July parade. Hundreds showed up with their American flags unfurled, donning patriotic clothes or costumes to show off their American pride.

The Luiseño Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution Temecula Valley had members dressed as soldiers from the Revolutionary War. Their costumes looked almost authentic, bringing history alive to Old Town.

It was on July 2, 1776 during the American Revolution, that the Second Continental Congress declared the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress had the Declaration of Independence explain the decision.

Residents of all ages were thrilled to see horses trotting down the street behind Revolutionary War soldiers. The horses brought a touch of the west to Old Town Temecula and the riders like Jack Williams were proudly waving their ten-gallon hats and smiling ear to ear.

People watching in Old Town during the Fourth of July parade were just as fun as the parade. Children wore star spangled sunglasses, red, white and blue ribbons and bows; anything and everything was decked out with patriotic colors.

Government officials historically use Fourth of July celebrations to come out and greet their constituents and this parade had a few politicians on hand. Temecula Mayor Pro Tem, Jeff Comerchero waved to guests while sitting on the back of a convertible.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone also rode in a convertible waving to the crowds.

The following are some interesting facts revolving around the Fourth of July and past national leaders.

*John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States. They died on the same day: July 4, 1826.

*James Monroe was not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but he was a Founding Father who later became a president, and he died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President in a row who died on this memorable day.

*Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872 and is the only president to have been born on Independence Day.

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