Lake Murray, SC (WLTX) -- The July 4th holiday brings out many traditions across the Midlands and for many, that means spending time at Lake Murray.

Even though there were some hit and miss showers and storms on the holiday, the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the people celebrating America's birthday.

"We come out here to celebrate Independence Day, come out to do a little barbecuing, cooking with family, bring the kids out and let them enjoy the water," said Kenneth Anderson.

Anderson brought about 20 family and friends for their annual party, he says even though this is a festive holiday, we should all remember the sacrifices of the people who allow us to celebrate.

"Those guys, they are veterans, they fight for our country and a day like this you celebrate the reason we are all here," said Anderson.

Rob Johnson of Irmo is one of those veterans who has served, he spent 20 years in the Navy and the holiday is very special to him.

"To me it means a lot because my parents were military also, my grandfather was Navy, Mom was Army, Dad was Air Force so it is kind of a family tradition," said Johnson.

For Edwin Reese, July the 4th has double meaning for him, it is a day to celebrate his birthday, but it also a day to celebrate his country.

Reese said, "Me being a 15-year vet, I served my country, I'm patriotic, it is the most patriotic day of the year "

Even though everyone we spoke to was enjoying a day off and day outside, the underlying meaning of the holiday was never far away.

Terry Guinther of West Columbia said, "It's about our freedom basically, I am ex-military, I am was in the military for 13 years and I like it because it is our freedom."

Guinther added, "It's great to be an American."

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