SUMMER IN COMO: What does the Fourth of July mean to you?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | 2:18 p.m. CDT

Editor's note: Missourian reporter Pavan Vangipuram has embarked on a venture to showcase the ways that summer is spent in Columbia.

A videographer, Pavan plans to cover picnics and concerts, day camps, swim meets and more. The purpose is to reveal how the range of activities mirrors the diverse interests in the community.

We call it "Summer in CoMo." Watch for more of his videos in the weeks ahead.

COLUMBIA — Fourth of July means many things to many people. This Independence Day, we asked Columbia residents what the Fourth of July means to them.

Ashley Field, 23, has a boyfriend in the military. To her, Fourth of July means honoring the troops who defend our freedom.

John Frye, 65, said that the Fourth of July means honoring the Constitution, which has inspired nations across the globe to strive for democracy and freedom.

The Norm Ruebling Band played at Peace Park on Wednesday, and the crowd was treated to fireworks shot off from the parking garage on Sixth and Cherry streets.

What does the Fourth of July mean to you? Tell us in the comments below.

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