The Rexburg Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual parade at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July to commemorate this special day, according to the Chamber of Commerce website.

“Independence Day is important to me because it’s a very significant event in the history of our country,” said Jerry Merrill, the mayor of Rexburg. “It signifies a time of freedom and independence and the ability to do what we want to do as long as we are not infringing on other people’s rights.”

The parade will consist of floats, bands, dancers, drill teams and more, according to the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce website.

“It’s a great time,” Merrill said. “We try to support the chamber and the activities they put on. I have been in cities where they do not have Independence Day parades, like Arizona, because it is so hot around this time of the year.”

Merrill said we often complain about the cold, but it is nice that we live in a place where the summer time is at least a bearable time to be outside.

Merrill  said another way that residents of Rexburg can honor Independence Day is by taking advantage of the volunteer opportunities available in the community.

“Several presidents of our country have said that the real back bone of America is volunteerism and the spirit of volunteerism because there is so much that gets done through volunteers,”  Merrill said.

Anderson said it is important for people to be true to the constitution and the values of this country, which includes God. He said this country by men and women that believed in God.

“In order to better honor Independence day, we must follow the constitution,” Anderson said. “The constitution was given to us by Christ, so the constitution is just like scripture.”