Visitors claim their spot early for Red White and Boom

By Beau Ebenezer

July 4, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Claiming your spot early on the riverfront was key Friday.

This is the fourth year in a row Kenny Cyrulik and his wife made the drive from Mount Pulaski for the show.

This time they brought the grand kids along to show them what a good show is all about.

"I really think it is one of the best ones around," said Cyrulik. "We used to shoot a lot of fireworks ourselves, but it got to expensive to do it on your own."

Even hometown residents couldn't help but lock-down their spot early.

Some got there at least seven hours before the show even started.

"If you get here to late, you're stuck in the back crowds and you're shoving to get to the front," said Peoria resident, Tiffany Story. "The earlier you get here, the better you are off. I think we have the best spot in town."

The show's fireworks are set to music and include a different array of designs and colors from previous years.

For some, these fireworks have become a big part of their annual tradition of celebrating our country's freedom.

"We like to pay patronage to our country and the folks that serve, so that's why we believe in flying the flag," said Peoria resident, Cathy Cheesman. "That's why we have the flags out on a day like today."

Organizers expect even more people to come next year.

They said the community support is why the fireworks display is the largest in the state.

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