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Pensacola celebrates Independence Day

PENSACOLA -- The cloudy skies and the threat of rain couldn't stop people in Pensacola from celebrating America’s 237th birthday.
The tents were set...balloons were ready...and it wasn't just people getting dressed for the occasion
Almost everywhere you look, young and old are decorated in red, white and blue.
This is the first time the Puentez family is celebrating the 4th of July at Seville square.
Al Puentez, celebrator said, "It's really nice, it's the first time we've ever been here and we brought the kids out and it's really nice to see all the activities for the kids I think it's fantastic.”
Both 2-year olds, Marissa and Adrian just loved the petting zoo…but it wasn't just the kids getting in on the action.
Carolyn self-celebrator said, "I'm looking forward to feeding those animals over at the petting zoo later, the pigs, pot-belly pigs are really cute.”
From bounce houses to face painting, and art projects. The kids had plenty to do...but for Lesley Ray visiting from Alabama, there was something else in the air that grabbed her attention.
"So what's your favorite part out here so far? Eating (laughs),” Ray said.
While most people came to have a good time, vendors looked to make a quick buck.
Its Lori Johnston’s first year setting up shop at Seville’s July 4th celebration.
Vender Lori Johnston said, "Well they won't be on the beach obviously so they need to come down here and check out the festival, it's not a good beach day anyway so you might as well come down and shop.”
And while some shopped, played, ate and sang, the true meaning of Independence Day wasn't lost amongst all the excitement.
Meg Gibson celebrator said, "The fourth means to me independence and how they signed the declaration.”