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Minnesota family hosts July 4th 'Boat Parade' for over 20 years

Many families have their own holiday traditions for celebrating the 4th of July.

It's a floating festival that brings many generations together.

The requirements? Creativity, Celebration and a boat.

Around two-dozen boats have decked out their rides in a variety of themes to celebrate our nation's birthday in style.

Linda Rippy (grandma): "Just amazing, it's amazing what people do," said Linda Rippy.

Linda Rippy and her friend Barb came up with the idea for a patriotic parade of boats over 20 years ago.

"I'm really happy that they still carry on that tradition," Rippy said.

Since its inauguration, the tradition has taken off and people all around get involved.

"It's patriotic, you know, I think it's just a great way to celebrate the 4th of July and all the fireworks and those kind of things," Rippy tells us.

There's a lot of red, white and blue, along with some classic and groovy too.

The event carries a meaningful memory for the Rippy family.

"Kind of a nice nostalgic childhood memory, because we did it when we were little with Grandma and our cousins - and now obviously our families grown a lot because everyone is married with kids and everything," said Linda Rippy's granddaughter Courtney.

With generations of military members, the parade is a small part of the holiday for their family.

"Patriotism is a very important thing, so obviously family, and celebrating the sacrifices they've given to allow us to have this day and the family," said Linda Rippy's other granddaughter Caitlyn Senn.

Tuesday night they plan to continue celebrating a holiday that they say, goes beyond the boat.

The Rippys say surrounding lakes also put on boating parades.

If you missed it, they invite anyone to come and take part next year.

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