Waiting for the big fireworks show: Families have fun in Milwaukee’s Veterans Park

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- People are pumped for the big U.S. Bank Fireworks Show that kicks off around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3rd. FOX6 News will have LIVE coverage beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Some people slept in Milwaukee's Veterans Park on Wednesday night -- the only night such a thing is allowed.

They spent Thursday having fun, enjoying the nice weather, and waiting for the fireworks show to start.

People were relaxed -- many of them grilling out and enjoying time with family members and friends.

For kids in Veterans Park on Thursday -- it couldn't really get much better! Gorgeous weather, plenty of games to play, and delicious food fresh off the barbecue grill!

"We've been hanging out with our family, and we've also been riding the bikes," 12-year-old Jada Vivians said.

Vivians thinks the best view of Veterans Park on July 3rd is from a four-wheeler.

"I see people that I know and go to school with. I seen camping games, people on jet skis. I've also seen a lot of games being played," Vivians said.

Vivians has been coming to Veterans Park for the fireworks for as long as she can remember.

"It`s just you being yourself. You get to look at the water, you get to hang out, you can walk, you can do a lot of stuff you probably won`t get to do," Vivians said.

Five-year-old Giovanni DiPalma has been to Veterans Park before as well -- but this year was the first year he was big enough to ride the rides.

"You put your feet in through here then you hold onto these and then you slide," DiPalma said.

It was hard for DiPalma to pick a favorite.

Whether he was dodging a boulder or being thrown off a mechanical bull -- 13-year-old Trevionn CHancellor had the most fun just hanging out at his family's campsite -- where there's always hot food from the grill and yard games to play.

"We got here around six. We have hamburgers, brats, beans. We bring badminton, football, frisbee," Chancellor said.

By 9:30 Thursday night, Veterans Park will be packed with people!

"Just coming with your family, eating -- watching the fireworks, having a good time," Chancellor said.