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4th of July parades were the order of the day as the country celebrates its 237th birthday. The Potwin parade kicked off at 10am in Topeka. The College Hill parade was held at the same time and one of the oldest parades in Topeka kicked off at 11am in the Collins Park neighborhood. Plenty of events are scheduled for today including a number of fireworks shows including the big Wamego fireworks show and the Spirit of Kansas fireworks show at Lake Shawnee. Both start at 10pm.