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4th of July Celebrations Kick Off On Delmarva

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GEORGETOWN, De. - The 4th of July is a holiday of traditions. For many that just means nothing more than a barbecue or fireworks. In Georgetown though, a sea of american flag attire filled the local Fire Hall to celebrate the holiday in a unique way. 

"We hold these truths to be self evident," said State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. "That all men are created equal." 

Pettyjohn joined a dozen lawmakers in the public reading of the Declaration of Independence on Friday in front of a large group of approximately 60 people. The two year-old tradition was created in order to remind people what the significance of the holiday is beyond just fireworks and cookouts. 

"It matters because people need to realize how we got here," Pettyjohn said. "How we got to where this country is now. Why we always strive for freedom." 

In the crowd, American flag colors filled up pins, hats, vests, and a plethora of ties. One of those ties belonged to Roland Scott, a veteran who said the reading was meaningful.

"It's all about my freedom," he said. "And about my wonderful country that I live in." 

Meanwhile in Rehoboth Beach, the focus was more on the tourism dollars that are expected each 4th of July. Bad weather created some concerns Friday morning, after Hurricane Arthur sent dismal conditions towards the coastline. At Dolles, business was pretty slow early in the morning, but started to pick up as the weather improved. 

The manager at Dolles, Tom Ibach said that they were hopeful that the soggy day wouldn't keep visitors from the beach. 

"Fourth of July is so big for Rehoboth Beach," he said. "We're expecting like 100,000 people in here. So fireworks should be awesome for us. It'll be great."

After some initial concern, fireworks will go on as planned around 9:15 Friday evening in Rehoboth Beach. 

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