GREEN BAY - Tens of thousands flocked to downtown Green Bay for Fire Over the Fox festivities.
Organizers did make a few changes to the event this year, as far as what you could bring to the grounds.
But overall, officials say it's been a good day.
Downtown Green Bay was alive and well for the Independence Day celebration.
"Having a great time, we arrange our schedules so we can be here today, just, a good time!" said Michael Roberts of Green Bay.
Earlier in the day, the chime of the liberty bell in Downtown Green Bay marked the official kickoff to the festivities.
While it is a day of fun, veterans say it's also a day of reflection and remembrance.
"It's an opportunity like a day like today when Green Bay celebrates and makes a special event out of it to join with other veterans and really celebrating the kind of freedom we have," explained Vietnam veteran Gary Grant. "It's days like today when you really reflect and think of your own time in the service and the people you served with."
After the chimes came to an end, the downtown streets started filling up. For many, coming to Fire Over the Fox is a longstanding tradition.
"It's always so nice, it's free. We always like the bands," said Lynn Mastey of Hobart.
However, there were some changes made this year to increase safety. Organizers decided to ban carry-in coolers, large bags and alcohol. They say it's up to the police officers' discretion to enforce the changes.
"We have always had a policy on no carry-ins, no personal fireworks and no pets, and this year we wanted to make sure we worked with our local police department for a variety of reasons," explained Jeff Mirkes with the Fire over the Fox. "We're looking at the safety of people, sometimes there's over consumption that leads to problems later in the evening."
Even though it may have been an inconvenience for some, most took it in stride.
"Usually we have a cooler, but then this year we couldn't so, still enjoying it," said Susan Moore of Green Bay.
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