Hundreds of people braved the heat to partake in the annual Fourth of July celebrations in town.

The horribles parade drew in children eager to ride their festive scooters and bikes along the parade route downtown. There was also a pancake breakfast served by the town’s firefighters, a concert, games in the park, and of course — the annual road race.

The parade featured a patriotic flavor of floats, children in costumes, and even dogs dressed up in the country’s representative red, white and blue colors.

According to the town's website, the horribles parade dates back to the early 1800s. Participation in the tradition — which was originally an adult political satirical event — dwindled and it was resurrected in 1970 by the Andover Service Club.

In 1982, there was another revival of local Fourth of July celebrations by the nonprofit Committee for Patriotic Observances.

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