Celebration of Freedom, Parade Kick Off July 4th in Philly

The biggest party around got started in patriotic fashion in the shadow of Independence Hall on the Fourth of July.

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A group in Revolutionary-Era outfits kicked off the events in front of Independence Hall Thursday morning.
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Philly music legend Patti LaBelle read part of the Declaration of Independence during the Celebration of Freedom.
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Former Eagles Connor Barwin, with an assist from Jason Kelce, received the Magis Award for his work bettering Philly parks and playgrounds.
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The Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports won the Wawa Foundation Hero Award.
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U.S. Army recruits took the Oath of Enlistment.
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Veterans watched from the crowd.
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The parade then kicked off.
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That's one big flag.
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People in red, white and blue watched all the action.
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NBC10 and Telemundo 62 personalities enjoyed the ride on a float.
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Darth Vadar even made an appearance.
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Many cultural groups were represented.
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The fans got quite a show.
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Philly's iconic Termini Brothers Bakery helped feed thousands with a patriotic display of 2,500 cupcakes.
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What better way to help Betsy Ross celebrate Independence Day than with a red, white and blue cake.
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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney took part in a Children's Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House.
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Thirteen children from around the world took the Oath of Citizenship.
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