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Happy 4th of July

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BETTENDORF, IA -- The city of Bettendorf had another successful year of Independence Day festivities, including the fireworks show tonight.

From the storm last week, flooding caused other cities to cancel their fireworks shows, so this year, Bettendorf saw an increased number of visitors.City officials say there were at least 30 percent more people this year.

Annel Lueth from Bettendorf says, "I was really excited to go yesterday [to Red White and Boom] and then I was pretty bummed out that they were cancelled."

Chris Funk of J&M Displays led the firework display in Bettendorf today. He says, "It's gratification to know we're doing something for the community. I mean what else is there? The floods are keeping everybody away from doing what they want in certain areas. They're trying their best. These people expect a show."

And a show is exactly what they got tonight in Bettendorf. While everyone enjoyed these fireworks, this day also represents what our country stands for.

Jeff Crile is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He says days like the fourth is something we can't forget. "I speak from the military side," he says, "All our forefathers, all the sacrifices they made for us."

Sgt. Crile and the Army band were at the festival this afternoon in Bettendorf. So many people approached them to thank them for their service, and he says he is proud to accept the thanks for all the men who serve.

"A gentleman who can't really stand will try to get up out of his chair to stand and salute us," says Crile. It's those moments that melt his heart and show he and his fellow soldiers that the community is here in full support.

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