Fire engines from Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Troy, Unity and Monroe loudly sounded their presence to the delight of July 4 crowds. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

BROOKS — Fire engines from six towns and ambulances from two made for a noisy, colorful, 30-minute parade up Veterans Highway July 4, to the delight of kids in the trucks, on the floats and picking up candy tossed to the roadside.

Stars and stripes were everywhere — on flags, bunting and clothing — as the people of Brooks and surrounding towns filled the road’s shoulders as far as one could see along the parade route. The sky was blue, COVID is essentially gone, and people were ready to celebrate.

Coordinated outfits for the Brooks Fourth of July parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Ooo! A small passenger in Unity Tanker 3 takes in the crowd along the Brooks parade route July 4. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Firefighters distribute candy as they walk up Veterans Highway in the Brooks July 4 parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Horses are patriots, too! Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Steering requires concentration in the Brooks July 4 parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Canine marcher in the Brooks July 4 parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Photo by Carolyn Zachary

One of many antique and classic cars rolling through Brooks July 4. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Musicians entertained with live gospel music on one of two floats representing Brooks Pentecostal Church and Lighthouse Christian Academy July 4. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Drummers sounded a Native American beat as their float rolled by July 4 in Brooks. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Here’s my shoe! The littlest member of a family offers her sandal as parents and siblings watch the parade July 4 in Brooks. Photo by Carolyn Zachry

Spectators along the parade route in Brooks July 4. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

A member of the Brooks American Legion waves to onlookers during the town’s July 4 parade. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

Members of the Maine Militia marched and drove in the Brooks parade July 4.