Kemper County residents celebrated July 4 with ceremonies in downtown DeKalb.
"I don't know how to explain how much it means to me. It's of course the birth of our nation, the birth of independence, and as a veteran, it's an outstanding holiday," said Jim Baughman.
"The Fourth of July means that a lot of folks lost their lives so I could sit here in this chair," said Bill Conner with a smile.
"This is the day we celebrate our independence and we look forward to having this every year, and we're just happy to be here," said county supervisor James Granger. "Just wish more people would come out and support it."
Tne celebration was also marked by a fireworks show to conclude the official festivities.