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, Jackson County
, West Virginia
Since Friday's storm, there really hasn't been much to celebrate. But a lot of people paused to celebrate America's birthday, and no place more than in Ripley, where the nation's biggest small town 4th of July celebration lives on.
And even with the massive power outages still plaguing thousands, the crowd was still huge this year.
And many people were getting creative to try and beat the oppressive heat. A lot of people were shading themselves with umbrellas and instead of candy, some floats were shooting water into the crowd.
A lot of people say the festivities are a family tradition and they wouldn't miss the chance to show their American pride and show thanks to the men and women who have served our country.
The festivities continue through Wednesday night with the Davisson Brothers and Owen Schmidt performing on the courthouse lawn at 8:30 followed by fireworks at 10pm.
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