Some of Forsyth County’s littlest residents kicked off the Fourth of July weekend with an early celebration.
On Friday, Little Acres Child Care & Learning Center on Spot Road held its 20th annual Fourth of July Parade, which let students march and ride in vehicles in the center’s parking lot.
“We’re out to here to celebrate America’s independence and to celebrate this with our children and to let them know how important our freedom is,” said Jo Ann Kohn, who owns the center with her husband, Larry.
The parade featured all the usual sights of an Independence Day parade, including a police escort, several cars and patriotic decorations and shirts.
“It’s just a special holiday and we make it a big deal,” Kohn said. “We work a week before on the banners and we talk to our children about it and get their shirts ready. It’s a long process; it takes two weeks for us to get ready for it.”
Students also had the opportunity to check out a fire truck and hot air balloon.
Kohn said the parade is one of the center’s favorite moments of the year.
“This is one of the most exciting things we do all year,” she said. “It is so wonderful that the community pitches in and helps us and comes. The bucket truck and the firetruck and the policemen, that means so much to the kids.”