Uncle Sam on stilts was a crowd favorite during the Brookfield Fourth of July parade. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

The villages of Brookfield and Riverside held their annual Fourth of July parades on Monday, with families lining Grand Boulevard and Longcommon Road to soak in the sights.

The lineups might have been smaller than in the pre-COVID days, but there was still plenty to see and hear and enjoy. Locally, at least, it was a safe and sound July 4. May they always be so.