What Does Independence Day Mean to You?

As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, the topic of freedom is especially relevant. This year, as a country, we saw a dramatic shift in the role of our government and data collection.

So--what does Independence Day mean to you?

Downtown Ralston will be the focal point for celebrations Thursday, where patrons started saving a spot along the parade route nearly a day-and-a-half earlier. In the heart of Independence City, U.S.A., it wasn’t difficult to feel a sense of that patriotism.

"Freedom, freedom to do what you want, as long as you don't hurt anybody, that's what it is all about," Rich Hamblen said.

"To think about how lucky we are, course the other thing is, always keep in your heart the troops that are our there protecting us, so that we can celebrate something like this," Rich Devine said.

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