GREEN BAY - It was an all day Independence Day celebration in Green Bay.
But for some, it was more of a day of remembrance.
For years, the chime of the Liberty Bell in downtown Green Bay has marked the official kick-off to the Independence Day celebration.
"I'm the guy that saw the first and second bombs that fell December 7th, that started World War II," explained World War II veteran Robert Mineau of Allouez.
For Mineau, it's more of a day of remembrance, remembering not only our founding fathers, but all the veterans who made this country what it is today.
"I'm proud to be an American," Mineau said.
"Many of the speakers had said, you know, let's remember the liberties we have and how we got them and it wasn't easy and it was very difficult and look at what we have here today, and I'm glad people are celebrating and came out for this," explained Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
Once the bell chimed early in the afternoon, thousands flocked to downtown to enjoy the holiday festivities.
"What do you like best about the 4th of July? Um, I would have to say going to the museum," said Tessa Goosman of Green Bay.
Just outside the Neville Public museum doors, the streets were filled with live music, food and games.
It was a happy day for everyone, despite the heat.
"Beautiful day, beautiful day, gorgeous, they couldn't have had a better day I don't think," said Jennifer Lucas of Green Bay.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.
Appleton police executed a search warrant Thursday in connection with a fatal nightclub shooting.
Capital Credit Union is offering to match donations made to Salvation Army red kettles in the Fox Valley on Friday.
With just two weeks until Christmas, the Postal Service says it's heading into its busiest times. But are folks still sending letters of holiday cheer?