DEL RIO -- Many cities will celebrate our nation's independence this week with a parade.

But not in Del Rio.

The city canceled its annual Fourth of July parade due to lack of participation.

The city said it even lowered the cost to register a parade float, but the interest just wasn't there.

Earlier this week the city of Del Rio officially canceled its Fourth of JulyParade. It had only 11 floats registered and that just wasn't enough for military town USA, home of Laughlin Air Force Base.

City manager Robert Eads said patriotic spirit isn't missing in this town of 33,000 souls.

Plenty of other events are planned and if enough people register to participate next year, the parade is back on.

For many Independence Day without a parade is hard to comprehend.

We spoke with several veterans who plan to have their own paradeto wave, march and celebrate our founding fathers who created this great country 237 years ago.

Some people speculate a city sponsored 5k impacted parade participation.

The plan was to have some of those 550 runners ride on a float following the run, but the parade fell apart.

Del Rio is still having a red, white and blue celebration complete with barbecue and music.

It starts at 6 o'clock on the Fourth at the Dr. Gutierrez amphitheater.

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