FARMINGTON — Red, white and blue lined 1st Street in Bloomfield and Main Street in Farmington on Friday as the communities got together for Independence Day.
Bloomfield and Farmington both hosted parades to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Jayden Jacquez, 8, and her great-aunt, Cindy Bell, sat alongside the road next to Bloomfield High School Friday morning to watch the short parade.
About a dozen spectators showed up for the city's Olde Tyme Family Fourth parade.
"Everything starts small," Bell said.
Both Bell and Jayden said they enjoyed the parade.
"I like to see parades," Jayden said. "They're so fun."
She said she enjoyed seeing the flag and the fire truck.
The two of them left the parade with a small trove of candy.
Bell said they showed up to support the city's effort to recognize Independence Day.
"We need to remember," she said. "Remember not just World War II but also the American Revolution."
While Bloomfield's parade was small, spectators for the evening celebration in Farmington began to line Main Street a couple hours before the parade started.
Meanwhile, the floats were being set up near the Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Cross Roads Community Church had an Iwo Jima-themed float with children reenacting the famous picture of the flag being raised.
"What we really wanted was for our community here to remember our heroes," Paul Ward, an associate pastor, said.
Sean Wood, 7, who was riding on a float, held a picture of his grandfather, who served in the Vietnam War.
He said it is important to remember the veterans like his grandfather because "they fighted for our country."