Hundreds lined Dale Boulevard for Dale City’s 49th Annual Fourth of July parade on Thursday. 

The event is one of the largest Independence Day parades in Virginia with more than 140 entrants. They included two local high school marching bands, churches, Boy Scout troops, dance groups, local businesses, several elected officials and candidates for local elected offices in this year’s November election.

The parade was the first in 32 years without John Jenkins, the longtime Neabsco District supervisor who represented Dale City on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for 32 years.

But Jenkins’ wife, Ernestine Jenkins, appeared in the parade behind Grand Marshal Bob Szerszynski, of the Knights of Columbus and helped organize the event with the Dale City Civic Association.

Some attendees said the parade has become a part of their families’ Fourth of July tradition.

The event “shows a real collection of our community,” said Brenda Lewis, who watched the parade from her sister Gloria Jackson’s front yard on Dale Boulevard.

“It’s great to see us coming together as a community, and everyone’s happy,” she said.

“We look forward to doing this every year,” her husband, Herman Lewis, added.

Several awards were given to parade participants. A list of award-winners can be found HERE.