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Waterville celebrates Independence Day with Red, White and Boom

Two young children color as a part of Red, White and Boom in Waterville (WNWO).

Waterville residents and visitors from the surrounding area took part in an annual tradition, Red, White and Boom.

"It's a family friendly fun festival for the community of Waterville, just so they can come and hang out with good entertainment and have fun with the family before the fireworks," said Vision Ministries Lead Pastor, Josh Hester.

This is the second consecutive year that the event was put on by Vision Ministries.

It's something that they work year round to make happen.

"We actually do fundraising for this event. We do our Hoop 4 Hope fundraiser, which helps fund our summer activities. This is one of the events that that events helps fund," said Hester.

Red, White and Boom featured an inflatable playground for kids, face painting and more.

The Toledo Zoo stopped by, as well.

"We brought some biofacts, which are animal artifacts. Some are replicas. Some are real fur and skulls that we have as our animal collection, to try and be ambassadors for any sort of animal education components to teach the public," stated Education Programmer Alex Case.

At the end of the evening, there was live music.

Matt Witt came from Swanton. With their Independence Day activities postponed, it gave him a chance to honor America on the Fourth of July.

"It's a really nice way to celebrate how we got our Independence and how this country is free and everything. It's a really good holiday honestly."

An hour after the festival ended, at 10 p.m., there was fireworks behind the Waterville Primary School.

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