With sirens blaring and lights flashing, the Clawson Police and Fire Departments lead the annual Fourth of July parade down 14 Mile Road Friday.
Thousands lined the street, standing, clapping and thanking military veterans as they passed by.
"We are here because of the freedom that the soldiers provide is with and just here to show our support for them," said Molly Hollingsworth of Clawson.
Another Clawson resident, Shannon Gougeon added, "It's awesome! Everyone is out here.. We're having fun it's family and community."
And in Clawson, community is a big deal. With the Stars & Stripes waving everywhere along the route, upwards of 15-thousand people were expected to enjoy this parade, especially the kids.
Nine-year-old Devin McCullough liked the fire trucks, old cars and "other stuff!"
Both he and eight-year-old Kyle Gougeon ran the Firecracker Mile, which passed just ahead of the main event.
The celebration continues all day after the 81st annual Clawson parade with an arts and crafts fair, rides and fireworks at Clawson City Park.