"Freedom cannot be quantified and the treasure of our freedom is too great to mention" said General Bernie Enzor of Troy.
It may be one week before Independence Day is marked on our calendars, but for the past 30 years, the city of Brundidge has kicked the celebrations off early.
"Everybody took off 2 weeks at the same time, so we decided to have the parade on Saturday before everybody got into the routine of going on their camping trips or vacation" says Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage.
Brundidge is one of the few places in the area that still has a 4th of July parade, and for many, it’s a big tradition.
"My family and I have been doing this for several years, the Bowden family has been in Brundidge for 18-0 years" says Ben Bowden.
"We look forward to this every year and it’s important that we keep this alive" says Isabel Boyd, Brundidge Resident.
It’s also a time to for the locals to remember our nation, current leaders, and past ones.
"There is no other place on the face of this Earth like our country. None whatsoever, and I think especially this year its important to celebrate because so many things this year have happened and are happening, so we need to go back to our roots and our roots are very plain- that God was in the hearts and minds of the early leaders of our country" says Pastor Bobby Hood of the Salem Baptist Church.
Congressman bobby bright was supposed to make an appearance Saturday, but was unable to make it because of a late night session in Washington- voting on the clean air bill.
Also this week, bright voted in favor of the national defense authorization act to support American troops and military operations overseas.
There will be 4th of July fireworks next Saturday in troy at the movie gallery stadium, and in Dothan at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.