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      Thousands celebrate Independence Day in Manlius

      On July 4th, you can't go wrong with red white and blue. Thousands of people packed the center of the Manlius for Central New York's largest Independence Day parade. For many parents July 4th is both a celebration and a chance to introduce children to our country's history.

      "It's fun to talk with kids about our freedom and why our country is special - and it's fun to see a community get together," said Rachael Snider.

      The parade in Manlius has become a tradition for many people in the area. Mark Paskanik come back home from Charlotte to join in the fun and spend independence day with family and friends.

      "The Fourth of July is always just a good time for family to get together. We're going to have a picnic afterwards and barbeque and spend some good quality time with the family so that's great," said Paskanik.

      2013 is also Manlius' 200th birthday and the party continued all day with rides, games and concerts in the village.

      Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 on Thursday night near the town's baseball field.