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MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- July 4 was a hot day, but the temperature was just right to honor a milestone in America’s history.

"Our independence as a nation, I think it’s something to be really proud of," West Allis resident Mike Wollenberg said.

“I think it’s a great day to celebrate. I think more people should be patriotic," Ashley Foucault, another West Allis resident, added.

People celebrated this in different ways.

Some relaxed on the beach at Veterans Park or ate with family.

For Makeca Eubanks, July 4th is even more special.

“It’s a memory of my mom, you know, her passing. This was her favorite holiday," Eubanks said.

Her son is in the Army and she's thankful her family is together.

“By the grace of God we’re still here," she added.

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of most area parades.

“Normally we do five parades this weekend, and this is the only one we’re doing," Tripoli Motor Corp Parade Chairman Ron Hack said.

But in West Allis, a modified celebration was had.

“I’m excited to see motorcycles and convertibles," nine-year-old Tessa Scifo said about her favorite holiday.

Alderman Tracy Stefanski headed the city’s motorized parade.

It was all vehicles, no goodies or candy was thrown, and social distancing was encouraged.

“Every year we’ve celebrated the independence of America and I figure we’ve got to keep going somehow and do something," Stefanski explained.

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