Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- People around the country celebrated "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" Thursday.

For Eva Green, that celebration is also a celebration of life. She turned 102-years-old Thursday.

"You just keep on living. That's what I've been doing -- keep on living," said Green, the Holly Hill native.

Surrounded by a small group of her family, she was sung "Happy Birthday," and because she hasn't beenone for large celebrations for years, she was given a gift by the man selling fruit in her neighborhood.

Eva Green has 29 great,great grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 13 grandchildren, and two daughters. They all try to make sure they are able to spend her birthday together, they said.

"It's a blessing for her to live to be 102," said one of Eva Green's grandchildren, Lotonza Green. "We just pray that she sees many, many more years to come."

Traditionally, the July 4th holiday is a celebration of the founding of a nation 237 years ago. Because that is much older than anyone alive today, for some people, it's also about setting new traditions as well.

Among those celebrating a birthday today was 2-year-old Titus Kimrey.

"It feels like he's the biggest firework," said Titus' sister Kaitlyn Dean.

Born two years ago today, his family said he's the miracle babe they thought may never come.

"To be able to raise a child knowing that he's apart of something bigger than himself, and our great country, is great," said Erik Kimrey, Titus' father, "because he's going to connect his birthday with our country's Independence Day for the rest of his life."

The family celebrated Independence day, Titus's birthday, together, remembering to embrace "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" regardless of age.

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