CUT UPS: Jack Henriques and Brad Peterson serve fresh watermelon.
SWEET SNACK: Bella Redkey, 6, of Vermont, savored a slice of watermelon at the waterfront home of Bill Nixon, who invited friends and neighbors to his house for the raising of the American flag followed by watermelon, cookies and lemonade.
A FRIENDLY HAND: Nixon with Sgt. Eric Falcofsky of the Warwick Police Department moments before the parade began.
A JULY 4TH TRADITION: Parade participants and spectators joined on Nixonâ€™s lawn overlooking Greenwich Bay to salute the flag.
GRAND OLD FLAG: John Clegg and friends carry a 45-star flag that dates back to 1896.
LITTLE FIRECRACKERS: Sophie Matteson, 1, and her older sister Amelie, 3, were set to take part in the 20th annual Warwick Neck Parade, as â€śMamaâ€™s Little Firecracker,â€ť and â€śMiss Independence,â€ť respectfully.
PATRIOTIC PUPPY: The holiday also marked the first for Stella, a 13-week-old Old English Bulldog belonging to the Maclivers.
PROUD VETERAN: Arthur â€śJerryâ€ť Latham, Jr., 102, a World War II veteran who served in the Navy, said he was pleased to be involved in the parade procession.
(Warwick Beacon photos by Jessica A. Botelho and John Howell)