Happy 4th of July homecoming for Wareham soldier
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It was happy homecoming in Boston for a Wareham soldier who came home just in time for the Fourth of July.
The whole family including his new baby was there to greet him for a big welcome back.
It was a Fourth of July to remember for Army Specialist Julio Canizales.
“It’s amazing I can’t even explain,” said Canizales.
The Wareham native reunited his family at Logan Airport Wednesday afternoon after serving overseas.
“It feels great to be back with my family. It’s been 5 and a half months since I’ve seen my son. It feels great to hold him again. It’s great to be home,” Canizales said.
The 20-year-old hasn't seen his son, Elijah, since he was two weeks old.
“Him not being able to bond with him, missing all his big moments like his first smile, first laugh,” said Falicia Canizales, Julio’s wife.
Canizales’ mother says she has been waiting for July 4.
“To not be worrying anymore about -- I did not listen to the news, I didn’t know what was going over there. When he calls me and talks to me, I know he’s fine. I don’t want to know what is going on,” said Kerry Giron, Canizales’ mother.
To her, his homecoming gives a new meaning to the holiday.
“Today means so much to me. My son’s coming home from Afghanistan. This is so awesome he’s done with his tour,” Giron said.
Canizales says he cannot wait to celebrate with his family.
“Yeah, it’s a pretty great day,” Canizales said.
Canizales’ first day home was busy. His family says they decked out the house in red, white, and blue and had a holiday barbecue to welcome him home.