Lynn Haven, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Independence Day is a chance for Americans to take the day off from work, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy fanfare all while observing their freedom.
For veterans, the holiday is a chance to reflect on that same freedom they fought so hard for.
In Lynn Haven, veterans, local residents, and out-of-town visitors alike celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade, festival, and fireworks.
John and Jan Wakelin moved to Lynn Haven from California almost a year ago to be closer to family.
They watched their family drive a Ford Model T along the parade route.
John served in the Army for 30 years. He traveled around the world to places including Korea and Vietnam.
"I think it puts the whole meaning to freedom because we are able to do, like you say, come out here and represent our values," said John.
Lucretia Wentworth also served in the Army for ten years. She reflected on her liberties during the celebration as well.
"I know from experience, from my family that no other nation on this planet has the liberties that we have," said Wentworth.
She said Americans enjoy more freedom than ever before.
"Since I have decided to not allow anyone to limit me or limit my family, we're enjoying all the freedom that we have," said Wentworth.