Tallahassee residents share July 4th plans

Posted at 7:05 PM, Jul 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-04 19:05:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--It's the Fourth of July, a day to show off your patriotism and share time with loved ones.

"Hopefully I'm going to my God daughter's in Gretna and be able to barbeque with the family," said resident Estella McGriff.

While Estella McGriff is hoping to fire up the grill, Vaughn Bradley is shopping for sparklers with his daughter 2 year old Skye.

"This is the first time she's going to see fireworks so hopefully if the rain stops she'll be able to enjoy it the way we want her to," said Bradley.

In fact, fireworks and festivities are how John Adams said the country's independence should be celebrated.

On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted, separating 13 American colonies from Great Britain. People in Tallahassee say freedom is something we shouldn't take for granted.

"It's pretty important especially considering all the freedoms we're afforded," said resident Henry Thompson. "It's important to recognize that."

"Just being able to experience it every year is a blessing in itself," said Bradley.