It was a beautiful morning for central Illinois to celebrate our country's birthday Monday.
West Peoria's annual 4th of July parade drew large crowds.
Residents lined the streets more than an hour ahead of time, and this year's parade had a record number 96 entries.
Fire departments, bands, military vehicles, and lots of veterans participated.
West Peoria's mayor says that reflects his community's appreciation for those who served.
"It said a lot. It made me feel good when right behind me, there were some Vietnam vets, Korean vets, and war vets. The people along the street were standing and clapping. And that's what it's all about," said Jim Dillon.
The mayor said people from all over the area turned out to see this year's parade.