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Celebrating in Style

47th annual Independence Day Parade held in Fairfax.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), his wife "Smitty," and daughter Caitlin greet well-wishers along the City of Fairfax Fourth of July parade route.  Connolly and his family celebrated at parades in Fairfax, Dale City and Lake Barcroft.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), his wife "Smitty," and daughter Caitlin greet well-wishers along the City of Fairfax Fourth of July parade route. Connolly and his family celebrated at parades in Fairfax, Dale City and Lake Barcroft. Photo contributed

The City of Fairfax held its 47th annual Independence Day Celebration in historic downtown on July 4th. Among this year’s entries were eight high school marching bands from as far west as Nebraska and Minnesota. This year’s Grand Marshall was the Hon. Quin S. Elson, a long-time community activist and Fairfax Police Youth Club volunteer.