With the fireworks, parades and barbeques, The "importance of independence" is the theme many people hope doesn't get lost in the middle of the Fourth of July action.
Revelers celebrated the holiday in Downtown Rockford with live music, food, friends, family and veterans. This year marks the country's 235th birthday, Veteran, Earl Breon has been around for 91of those birthdays. "It's a wonderful day for the country for all of us, especially for the service people. We're so happy that we could do our part," he says.
Before the fireworks, a parade made its way through Downtown Rockford. Some of the men and women who served our country participated, reminding people of the sacrifices made for our freedom.
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