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PHOTO GALLERY: Mid-Missouri celebrates Independence Day despite daytime rainstorms

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In honor of the Fourth of July, mid-Missouri is coming together town after town for the annual celebration of the United States' Independence Day. Centralia, Columbia, Rocheport and Jefferson City all supplied a unique celebration to the July holiday with everything from camels and face-painting to fireworks and food. Follow our visual coverage of the events throughout the day here. 

Erlinda Burke helps to set up some decorations at the annual gathering

Erlinda Burke helps to set up some decorations at the annual gathering of the Filipino-American Mid-Missouri Association on Thursday at Lamb Shelter at Cosmo Park. Burke and her husband provided the decorations for this year's event.

Nick Foster and his daughter Carlann Kuby-Foster, 6, discuss where she got her ring pop

Nick Foster and his daughter Carlann Kuby-Foster, 6, discuss where she got her ring pop from Thursday. Kuby-Foster said she is not looking forward to barbecue because she is a vegetarian.

An American flag hangs from a firetruck in front of the Missouri State Capital Building

An American flag hangs from a firetruck in front of the Missouri State Capitol during the Salute to America Fourth of July Parade on Thursday in Jefferson City. The parade and events are held annually on the third and fourth of July in downtown Jefferson City.

Brooke McKay, left, and Lorna Abernathy ride in the front car of a spinning carnival ride called the Avenger

Brooke McKay, left, and Lorna Abernathy ride in the front car of a spinning carnival ride called the Avenger on Thursday during the Salute to America Parade. The carnival had several rides and games for visitors to participate in.

Inara Williams, 4, gets her face painted in patriotic colors

Inara Williams, 4, gets her face painted in patriotic colors Thursday at Centralia's city park. Williams has come to the event almost every year of her life.

Ray Gordon looks over the crowd as the "Ringing of the Bells" ceremony begins

Ray Gordon looks over the crowd as the “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony begins Thursday at Centralia City Square. Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Navy 60 years ago and served in Vietnam, loading ammunition and other materials onto planes.

Donnie Collins, left, and David Uhrich aim their rifles for the 21 gun salute

Donnie Collins, left, and David Uhrich aim their rifles for the 21-gun salute at the end of the "Ringing of the Bells" ceremony Thursday in Centralia City Square. Collins and Uhrich are life members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6278.

Bea Blosser, 4, pets a rabbit at a petting zoo during the Salute to America Fourth of July celebration

Bea Blosser, 4, pets a rabbit at a petting zoo during the Salute to America Fourth of July celebration Thursday in Jefferson City. Visitors could also find live music, dance routines, carnival rides and food truck vendors to enjoy at the event.

Emily Lantz stares face to face with Lucille, a 17-year-old camel, during Centralia's Fourth of July celebration

Emily Lantz stares face to face with Lucille, a 17-year-old camel, during Centralia's Fourth of July celebration Thursday at Centralia City Park. Lantz brought Lucille to the celebration to gather interest for the 2019 "In the Wild" Vacation Bible School on behalf of the First Baptist Church of Centralia.

Michal Zigo, left, and Maire Estar wait for the rain to subside from under a tent for Columbia's "Fire in the Sky" event

Michal Zigo, left, and Maire Estar wait for the rain to subside from under a tent at Columbia's "Fire in the Sky" event Thursday at Flat Branch Park. The event began at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks at roughly 9:15 p.m.

Harvey Munter, 10, adjusts his neighbor Vincente Heredia's, 10, hat

Harvey Munter, 10, adjusts his 10-year-old neighbor Vincente Heredia's hat Thursday. The boys live in the Park Hills neighborhood and walked in its annual Fourth of July parade.

Asa Smith, 8, sits on his Ybike after the Park Hill Fourth of July parade

Asa Smith, 8, sits on his Ybike after the Park Hill Fourth of July parade Thursday in Columbia. Smith said he likes the Ybike "a little better" than regular bikes.

Harvey Munter, 10, puts on his helmet before the Park Hill Fourth of July parade begins

Harvey Munter, 10, puts on his helmet before the Park Hill Fourth of July parade begins Thursday in Columbia. Munter said he is most excited for the fireworks.

Ronald Sanders flips burgers on one of the three grills running the Hall family reunion

Ronald Sanders flips burgers on one of the three grills running at the Hall family reunion Thursday at Nickell Shelter at Cosmo Park. The food, which included barbecue ribs and hamburgers, is for the more than 100 members of the extended Hall family that attended. Family members came from multiple states including Texas, Mississippi and Illinois.

Cindy Miller, center, dances with other female attendees of the barbecue

Cindy Miller, center, dances with other female attendees of the barbecue Thursday at Cosmo Park. Miller used to live in Columbia but now lives in Indiana, where she drove from for this event.

Lisa Herico won the grand prize for the raffle

Lisa Herico won the grand prize for the raffle Thursday at Cosmo Park. Herico and her husband Raul ultimately decided to carry their prize home in an aluminum pan: the head of the lechón, or roasted pig.

Meher Malhotra, 4, cuts the lines for her handmade pinwheel during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration

Meher Malhotra, 4, cuts the lines for her handmade pinwheel during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration on Thursday at Flat Branch Park. The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation hosted free activities for kids, including crafts and bounce houses.

Symuar Jones, 9, tosses a horseshoe as her brother, Tristin, 8, and cousin Samuel Briggs, in orange, 7, wait for their turn

Symuar Jones, 9, tosses a horseshoe as her brother, Tristin, 8, and cousin Samuel Briggs, in orange, 7, wait for their turn. They are a part of the annual Hall family reunion held Thursday at the Nickell Shelter in Cosmo Park.

A firework explodes in the sky above Lucky's Market during the 67th Annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show

Fireworks explode in the sky above Lucky's Market during the 67th Annual Fire in the Sky show in Columbia. Hundreds congregated in the parking lot and surrounding blocks to watch the show. 

Merry Mary makes a funny face right before the start of the Fire in the Sky fireworks show

Merry Mary makes a funny face right before the start of the Fire in the Sky fireworks show on Thursday at Lucky's Market. Mary came from the Lake of the Ozarks to Columbia to help entertain visitors.

Spectators watch as fireworks are set off at the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration

Spectators watch as fireworks are set off at the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration on Thursday at Lucky's Market. The fireworks lasted more than 15 minutes and included a variety of colors and formations.

Bentley Briggs, 3, turns away from the first few volleys of fireworks during the Fourth of July fireworks

Bentley Briggs, 3, turns away from the first few volleys of fireworks during the Fourth of July fireworks on Thursday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. "He was afraid of it at first but warmed up to it in the end," said Blake Briggs, his father.

Rosella Pike leans on the barrier of a viewing platform during the Fourth of July fireworks

Rosella Pike leans on the barrier of a viewing platform during the Fourth of July fireworks show on Thursday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. "I liked the fireworks, I liked that it was close, maybe too close," she said. At one point, some embers drifted into the crowd.

Emily Urbiss, 4, peers through a telescope to look out at the Missouri River

Emily Urbiss, 4, peers through a telescope to look at the Missouri River before the Fourth of July fireworks show on Thursday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport. Her grandfather, Glenn Langston, taught her how to focus the telescope, while her father, Matt Urbiss, held her sister Quinn, 3.

Danita Hall and Ben Enriquez, 10, wait for the Jefferson City fireworks to begin in front of the Capital building

Danita Hall and Ben Enriquez, 10, wait for the fireworks to begin in front of the Capitol building on Thursday in Jefferson City. Ben said his favorite part of the Fourth of July is the fireworks.

Leticia Wasson, left, and Erik Wasson watch as the fireworks are set off during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration

Leticia Wasson, left, and Erik Wasson watch as the fireworks are set off during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration on Thursday. The Wassons were among hundreds who came downtown to enjoy the festivities.

Columbia Fire Department Lieutenant Jeff Heidenreich watches the fireworks during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration

Columbia Fire Department Lt. Jeff Heidenreich watches the fireworks during the 67th annual Fire in the Sky celebration on Thursday at Lucky’s Market. The Columbia Fire Department helped the celebration run smoothly and ensure that the fireworks were safe.

  • Staff Photographer Summer 2019, Education Reporter Fall 2019, Photojournalism major, Reach me at seamank7@gmail.com or in the newsroom at (573) 882-1690

  • I am a senior studying photojournalism and a summer 2018 staff photographer.

  • Fall 2019 Photo Editor. Summer 2019 General Assignment Reporter. Spring 2019 Staff Photographer. I'm a graduate student on the photojournalism track. You can reach me at jeffreyzide@mail.missouri.edu or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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