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Quincy 4th of July celebration a hit with residents at Illinois Vets Home


Despite having to move because of high water along the Quincy riverfront, the city's celebration was a big hit Thursday night.

It moved to the Illinois Veterans Home, where the residents were thrilled to host the community.

And for many of the residents at the Vet's Home who came out for the celebration, this night meant more to them then just a show of fireworks.

From the sounds of the Quincy Park band playing, to the smell of fresh cooked kettle corn in the air.

For many residents at the Illinois veterans home playing host to this years 4th of July Celebration, was an unexpected, but, welcome surprise.

Bob Ericson, a resident at the Vet's Home, recalls when the 4th of July celebration was held here just two years ago.

And when he heard the event had been moved to the Vet's home again this year, he was overjoyed.

"The fireworks just really got to me, like a little kid. I just love the fireworks," said Ericson.

But for residents like Carl Armstrong just getting to see friends and family made the event all the more special.

"It's great when you see somebody you know and get to see them down here," said Armstrong. 

But maybe the biggest reason why residents like Armstrong and Ericson are happy to have the event in their own backyard, is simply because, it allowed them to go.

"It's just wonderful for the residents to see all those people and to see the park band and hear it. It's just so wonderful for us to have this program out here because we can't get to the river," said Ericson.

Luckily for Ericson and Armstrong, officials with the firework display say because of the amount of sponsor's the even this year, they were able to spend more money on fireworks, making this year's show the biggest in the city's history.


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