MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Thousands attended the 18th annual 'Sparks Over the Park' 4th of July celebration Wednesday night at Lake Tobesofkee.
The fireworks were beautiful as always, but there was plenty of fun before they blasted off.
The parks at the lake were open all throughout the day. People passed the time by grilling out, swimming, and boating out on the lake.
The 'New Screws Band' took the stage at around 6 and played all the way up until the fireworks blasted off just before 9:30.
41NBC met up with a few young patriots to hear what exactly the 4th of July means to them.
"Celebrate red, white, and blue," says Tytiana Rhodes.
"The remembrance of the war to get the rights of our country," says Haley Martin.
"Everything," says Haley Pruett. Everything? "Freedom," says Pruett.
"Having fun and sticking with your family," says Lilith Payne.
"It's a new month," says Antonio DeJesus. "I thank God because it's another month for us living."
"It's where we got our independence," says Anna Crawley.
"You get to have lots of fun and you get to go places," says Adrian Collins.
Hundreds of cars were still heading towards the parks at the lake Wednesday night, even after the fireworks show had ended.