Decatur area residents celebrated America’s 238th birthday in star-spangled style Friday evening.
Ending with the city’s 22nd annual fireworks show at dusk, the grounds of Riverside Center began filling up much earlier in the evening as revelers assembled to take part in the festivities.
Some threw footballs or frisbees to pass the time, others visited with friends or spread out their blankets on the ground to wait for the opening ceremonies.
Those ceremonies began when a color guard comprised of county veterans marched onto the grounds. Visitors fell silent, many placing their hands to their hearts as the color guard passed.
Bridget Fravel sang the Star Spangled Banner and a 21-gun salute and “Taps” honored all who gave their lives to keep America free.
Former Decatur Mayor Fred Isch, an Army veteran who served during the Korean War, was the focal point of the opening ceremonies for the evening.
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