Hundreds of thousands camp out, turn up for Freedom Festival Grand Parade featuring Chuck Norris, Taylor family

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For many Utah County residents, the Freedom Festival’s Grand Parade is as much a part of celebrating Fourth of July as fireworks or barbecue — and the fun starts long before the parade does.

By noon on Wednesday, empty chairs were already placed at strategic places along the parade route in preparation for the 9 a.m. Thursday parade. By that evening, tents, canopies, blankets and tables were set up on sidewalks along the University Avenue portion of the parade route by people saving spots for premium seating.

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