Some celebrated the holiday while others paid tribute to lost friends.
This year's display capped Columbia's 61st annual Fourth of July celebration.
In these videos, Boone County residents tell a small part about themselves that together weaves a cross-generational story about us.
Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, is wanted in connection with the Wednesday shooting. Coty Thomas Galbreath, 23, was arrested in connection to a shootout Wednesday afternoon.
MU students enjoyed drinks at Tropical Liqueurs in downtown Columbia as others tried their skills at disc golf. Still others took a dip at Stephens Lake Park.
Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens won his first 14 decisions for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, remains in critical but stable condition, according to the office of President Jacob Zuma, who visited the anti-apartheid leader on Thursday. The president's office also said doctors denied reports that 94-year-old Mandela is in a "vegetative state."
Hundreds lined up Thursday to be among the first to board boats destined for Lady Liberty. Boston prepared to host its first large gathering since the marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds.
The medals along with letters describing Cummins' bravery had been stashed in a storage unit in Alexander City, Ala.
Larry Blackwell Cole, 40, remained a suspect at-large Thursday.
Sarah "Juanita" Kidwell worked for more than 30 years as a secretary at Atkins Inc. and received a certificate of appreciation for her 20 years of volunteerism at the veterans hospital.
Columbia Police made two arrests after chasing suspects on foot.
Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.
Eleven letters from John Paul Jones, regarded as the father of the U.S. Navy, have recently resurfaced at the Charleston Library Society. The letters show correspondence with people such as Benjamin Franklin and Secretary of the Navy John Hewes.
The seaside resort on Fire Island, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, was known as far back as the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors and businesspeople from the city and beyond escaped to relax, hold hands and show affection in public.
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would postpone until Jan. 1, 2015, the effective date of what's called the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.
FROM READERS: Father and Adapted Gymnastics co-coordinator reflects on Tiger Academy Gymnastics' impact
As Tiger Academy Gymnastics prepares to move, Jeffrey Krug, the co-coordinator of the Adapted Gymnastics program, reflects on what his involvement has meant to him.
The Central Missouri Humane Society has lowered euthanasia rates by working harder to retrain dogs with aggression problems.
Contractors are scheduled to finish milling West Boulevard on July 15 and will start resurfacing the street on July 16 said Steven Sapp, spokesman for Columbia Public Works.
Boston to hold first celebration since marathon bombing; New Orleans brings John Mayer, Neo to French Quarter for free concert.