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Thousands watch Stevens Point parade despite heat

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Despite the heat, some folks headed out to a parade. It was the 11th annual 4th of July celebration in Stevens Point.

Near record high temperatures didn't stop some from heading out to downtown Stevens Point—and they were trying to stay cool any way they could.

"Making sure everybody has water because it's so hot," Stevens Point Main Street Manager Abby Bergeron said.

Whether it was splashing in the fountain or using a fan. Despite the heat, thousands watched as the parade headed down Main Street.

"We're celebrating our freedom, our independence," Linda Zynda of Plover said.

For Zynda and her family, today has special meaning. Her brothers and husband are all veterans. Her son is currently serving as a Marine.

"It's very emotional for me because we've lost so many of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and it's our freedom so we can sit out here and enjoy," Zynda said.

Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson says the turn-out may have been lower than usual because of the heat. But he still enjoyed the downtown celebration.

"This parade represents community coming together and celebration on what it means to be an American," Halverson said.

"It's a tradition we've done for years and years and I hope it continues—it's a great hometown celebration," Bergeron said.

Even the little ones got in on the fun—as people in the parade handed out candy and popsicles, for some relief from the heat.

"A chance to relate to the kids—they don't understand the 4th of July, but they understand the parade," Kristin Walters of Stevens Point said.

More than 62 floats made their way down Main, in a celebration of everything USA.

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