Kids of all ages showed off their American spirit during the annual Sertoma Fourth of July Kids Parade Thursday at South Middle School.

The Grand Forks City Band played “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” as the parade finished and kids crossed the finish line.

"Great!" said Ellie Klein, 6, the driver of a small battery-powered kids' vehicle, and winner of a new bicycle, when asked how she felt about the parade.

The parade is a part of the annual Sertoma Fourth of July Festival, which was moved near South Middle School and Ulland Softball Field to avoid downtown construction.

Kay Derry, one of the event organizers and secretary of the Grand Forks Sertoma Club, said she was happy with the attendance this year, despite the change from downtown.

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“I love it,” she said. “It’s hard to tell with a different area from here to down there (downtown), but I think it’s awesome.”

Derry said there’s a possibility the festival would return to the south Grand Forks location next year, as construction will likely be a factor downtown again in 2020.

There are some things that are different between the two locations, Derry said. For example, the downtown location has electrical hookups for vendors for the Fourth of July festival, while South Middle School does not.

“We had a couple of vendors who had to back out … they didn’t have a generator and stuff like that, but we’re going to be just fine,” Derry said.

Despite that, there were plenty of vendors and booths for kids and people of all ages to enjoy from food to henna tattoos and bouncy castles, all near the main stage where the Grand Forks City Band played their hits.

The weather played nice Thursday, with some sun and a slight breeze giving everyone who came out a chance to have a good time and show their patriotism.

“People showed up, it’s a beautiful day, we can’t really go wrong with that,” Derry said about a successful Fourth of July Festival.