JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For many families, July 4th means a day at the beach, a barbeque or watching fireworks.  For people in one Arlington neighborhood, Independence Day is cause for a parade. 

Residents of Fairways Forest are carrying on a tradition of honoring their country and military heroes that began nearly 40 years ago.

The NAS Jacksonville Color Guard led nearly 40 active and retired military personnel marching in the 1.7-mile parade.  The parade also included fire trucks, cars and bicycles decked out with red, white and blue.

"I've done it every year since 1977," said Jeffrey Rojics, who drove his Jeep in the parade but started participating when he was a kid. "We always did bicycles and rode at the back and threw candy to people on the side of the road and had a lot of fun."

At the end of the parade route, there's a community picnic with hotdogs and hamburgers, with games and a waterslide for the children.

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"It means a lot," said veteran Bill Dougherty, who is also the spokesman for NAS Jacksonville. "The fact that the folks are out there and they recognize us and they appreciate what we've done -- those of us that served our county and those who are still serving their country.  It means a lot to everyone."

The neighborhood doesn't just show its patriotism on holidays.  American flags are flown year-round in the community.