Thousands came out to watch the annual Independence Day parade down Port Jefferson’s Main Street on Wednesday, July 4.  Credit: Newsday / Christine Chung

Thousands of Long Islanders dressed in red, white and blue packed Port Jefferson’s Main Street Wednesday morning to celebrate at the annual July Fourth parade.

The crowd staked out prime viewing spots along Port Jefferson’s main drag, camping out in beach chairs to watch the cavalcade of floats, vintage Ford Mustangs, marchers from local fire and police departments and even a sleek Batmobile.

Tiny dancers from local troupes entertained the crowd, veterans from various wars marched proudly and children clamored for candy and waved American flags. The procession also featured a Donald Trump impersonator, faux Secret Service agent in tow, who blew kisses to the crowd.

Residents said the parade was an annual tradition about celebrating the nation and the community they live in.

Marty Mockler, who said he was in his 80s, called the parade an essential part of celebrating the Fourth.

“It’s something I look forward to every year and being with my friends,” Mockler said. “It’s everything about what America stands for — unity.”

Others were seeing the parade for the first time.

Cousins from Setauket, [l-r] Kevin Gerry, 10; Andrew Gerry, 8;...

Cousins from Setauket, [l-r] Kevin Gerry, 10; Andrew Gerry, 8; Kate Gerry, 6; Samantha Ruffini, 11; and Hope Kahn, 11, show their patriotism as they applaud during the fourth annual Fourth of July Parade along Main Street in 25A in Port Jefferson. Credit: James Carbone

Monica Castro, 27, of Hampton Bays, said her 1-year-old daughter Avril loved the drum corps and the festive patriotic songs.

“It’s her first parade. I want to teach her the culture and that way she can start loving her country,” Castro said.

Seven-year-old Matthew Monserrat, who walked in the nearly two-hour parade with his Boy Scout troop, said he enjoyed smiling at the crowd and waving the flag.

“I liked supporting the day,” he said. “But I was sweating a lot.”

Dancers from the Amy Tyler School of dance perform in...

Dancers from the Amy Tyler School of dance perform in the annual July. 4th parade in Port Jefferson on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Credit: James Carbone

His mother, Esther Monserrat, 46, said for her, July Fourth was about celebrating the positive things the Founding Fathers had hoped for the country upon signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

“It’s about the ideals of equality for all men. . . Freedom and an opportunity for everyone,” Monserrat said.

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