GOSHEN — Eight-year-old Adrian McGuire made a huge bubble while waiting for the fireworks at Black Squirrel Golf Course in Goshen Sunday night.
He was excited.
“I like all the colors and the loud ones are really fun,” Adrian said of the fireworks. “And I’m having fun making bubbles, too.”
He held onto the two poles with pieces of string tied together and dipped them into a bubble solution.
“It’s best to point the string toward the wind and point forward. It can make big bubbles,” he said, smiling.
The grounds on Black Squirrel Golf Course filled with families and friends of all ages for the Celebrate America fireworks and show.
Veterans from the Vietnam War were honored during the beginning celebration and activities followed with the Goshen Honor Guard, taps and a rendition of “Amazing Grace” played on bagpipes.
Celebrate America president Gregg Lanzen led the prayer for the evening.
“We ask the blessing for for those who stand before us and stood between good and evil. We’re thankful they came back,” Lanzen said. “Bless America and may she remain free because of brave people like those who stand before us and those defending our country now.”
Lanzen estimated the crowd to be around 25,000.
“So far so good,” he said looking up toward the black clouds passing overhead. “As long as the rain holds off, we are doing good. We are still a little short on funds, but I expect we will have enough afterward.”
After the opening program, 8-year-old Gustavo Udave and his brother Miguel Udave kicked a soccer ball to pass the time before the fireworks began at approximately 10 p.m.
Gustavo says he likes the loud fireworks the best.
And what does the 8-year-old like best about being free and being an American?
“Having fun,” Gustavo said, as he kicked the ball.