Independence Day festivities went off without a hitch despite sporadic downpours in Lebanon and Watertown Monday.
The City of Watertown hosted its annual Fourth of July parade, and parade-goers got a little more water than they bargained for.
The caravan of floats, four-wheelers and firetrucks exited the Roundlick Baptist Church parking lot at 3 p.m. and traveled down Main Street to the Watertown Square. In traditional Watertown style, folks lined up along the parade route with water guns, balloons and other items to soak parade participants - and vice versa.
"This right here is America," said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings before the parade began. "It is a small-town parade, and people wait for it every year."
Although Jennings said the number of float entrees was smaller than in past years, the city still saw a good turnout, including folks running for office and other local organizations.
James and Debbie Stephens, owners of Watertown's Depot Junction, served as parade grand marshals.
"We were excited to be asked," said Debbie, noting that her husband was very deserving of the honor. "He is a Vietnam veteran and has two Purple Hearts."
The couple was joined in the parade by two Depot Junction employees - James Ricketts and Dawn Patton.
Rain began to fall just as the parade was winding down and continued into the evening.
At 6 p.m., Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead confirmed the city's fireworks show would still go on that evening at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Prior to Lebanon's celebration, musical acts Braylan Belew and the Zach Allen Band entertained the crowd in the Pageant Pavilion as part of a show organized by Melani Stephens. Stephens said Belew had been "very loyal" to Lebanon over the years - even turning down the opportunity to perform in Nashville Monday to perform here.
Fireworks lit up the sky at around 8:45 p.m., and the crowd-pleasing display lasted for half an hour, continuing even during rain showers.
"The Fourth of July is about our past and the people who have served to make our freedoms what they are," Craighead said. "This brings everybody in the community together."