53. Thousands descend on Sanford for Fourth of July fireworks

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Here are the sights and sounds from the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks show from the Sanford Pier in Sanford, FL. Shown in the photos are Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres of Sanford sporting USA T-shirts, and in the inset, their children, Alexis Marie Obermeyer, 8, and Anthony Lamar Torres, 18 months old.
 

SANFORD, Fla. -- Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres, along with their little ones, Alexis Marie Obermeyer, 8, and Anthony Lamar Torres, 18 months, enjoyed the Fourth of July fireworks show. They were among the thousands of patriotic Central Florida citizens who descended upon the downtown and the Sanford Pier for the colorful lights and loud booming noises in the night sky.

The Independence Day celebration in Sanford comes in at No. 53 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local storis of 2014.

The event was orderly and countless families enjoying the fireworks that went off without any problems as soon as darkness set in. Among the fmilies was Obeymeyer-Torres, which Headline Surfer spoke with after the fireworks concluded.

The meaning of the holiday was not lost on Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres, the Sanford couple sporting festive USA T-shirts for the occasion. 

"Thank God for all the veterans that fought for our country so we can sit here and raise beautiful families and celebrate the Fourth of July," Oberrmeyer said, having worked earlier in the day at his job at the Red Robin restaurant while Torres and the children enjoyed the day at home cooking, doing karoake and swimming in the pool.

The meaning of the holiday was not lost on Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres, the Sanford couple sporting festive USA T-shirts for the occasion. "Thank God for all the veterans that fought for our country so we can sit here and raise beautiful families and celebrate the Fourth of July," Oberrmeyer said, having worked earlier in the day at his job at the Red Robin restaurant while Torres and the children enjoyed the day at home cooking, doing karoake and swimming in the pool.

For the thousands of Independence Day revelers like them, it was a time to celebrate the nation's holiday before gathering up blankets and walking back to their vehicles and the traffic congestion, which eased up in about 30 minutes.

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