Thousands came to Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park Thursday for food, fun and fireworks. The free event drew a large crowd who expressed concern for the weather after days of rain.
The weather held up and people enjoyed the City's free annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza. The event is put on by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.
Families brought blankets and began camping out at the amphitheater as early as 3 p.m. That's when the Children's Carnival began. There were moon bounces, face painting and games for kids.
Then, local jazz musician Simply Kevin B. Larry Robinson took to the stage before the Carillon bells rang out. People also sang to patriotic songs played by the Richmond Concert Band.
Folks were also reminded of the reasons for the celebration.
"My favorite thing about the Fourth is the founding of the country," said Richmond resident John Holmes. "That means looking at where we are at now as opposed to where we were then. The accomplishments of the country from that point to this."
"We fought for our freedoms," said Amanda Crawford. "We actually fought for what we have today."
Of course, people also loved the fireworks, which began at sundown and last for nearly 20 minutes.
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