"It's a yearly event," said Kevin Martin of Irondequoit. "We always make it a point to come out and watch the parade; the kids like it."
Candy was tossed into a sea of red, white and blue, as fire trucks cruised by with sirens blaring on one of the most festive days of the year.
"This is July 4th - 238 years - we have to respect our country," attested Irondequoit's, Ed Pisconski
Irondequoit Police Officer, Kylee Nichols, stood by, waving to parade participants as they came by. She saluted the firefighters of the Ridge Culver Department as the truck came to a stop in front of her post.
"I thought he was just saying 'Hi' and going to go on," recalled Nichols.
But a familiar man named Matthew Aman had something up his sleeve... as he knelt down and popped the question.
"That was the longest parade I've ever walked in my life," joked Matthew.
The couple shared tears of joy and hugs with family and friends, who were there to witness the patriotic proposal. The spark was ignited between Aman and Nichols four years ago, on Independence Day, and Aman says proposing at the parade was perfect.
"This has always been a big day; we always marched. When we met, she was in the Saint Paul Fire Department... parades are always big for us and I just thought it was the right thing, in front of all the family and everybody," beamed Matthew.
"He did a awesome job," affirmed Kylee. "That was awesome! I can't even --I don't know how to make it any better!"
Like many others who came out to celebrate America, the couple plans to spend the rest of the day celebrating with family and friends.
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