Setting up early for the fireworks

By WEEK Producer

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM CDT

The extreme heat does not seem to be deterring the crowds for the Methodist Red, White, and Boom on the Peoria and East Peoria riverfronts.

Some residents were staking out a spot as early Wednesday morning. That includes Creve Coeur resident Monica Bristol.

She along with her family and friends have been camped out on East Peoria's riverfront since 11:30 a.m.

They've been coming to Methodist Red White and Boom for the last six years. But for her and her family, it's more than just watching the fireworks, it's become a tradition, along with of course, keeping cool.

'Lots and lots of water. Got some nice cool stuff for the kids. Some jello, some pudding, we had our lunch down here so just lots and lots of water, kool aid and gatorade. It's time away from the TV, time to just be together, instead of everyone at home in their separate bedrooms, so it's nice to have that family time," said Bristol.

For one couple from Bloomington, they have an extra special reason to celebrate.

"We got engaged here 4th of July 4 years ago, finally got hooked last week," said Steve Turner.

Steve and Amanda Turner are spending their honeymoon together celebrating America's birthday with thousands of others along the riverfront.

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