Mid-southerners are celebrating the 4th of July with picnics, parades and lots of food.
But they said it wasn't all about the fun, but about crime fighting was also on the agenda this holiday.
America's birthday was a special day to spend some fun time with family and neighborhood friends.
Residents turned their Central Gardens neighborhood into a patriotic party. Every where you looked you could see patriotic costumes, bikes and hats.
Louise Stilwell is only five but she already knows the importance of the day, "that's America's birthday," she said.
The party was not just fun and games, it was another way Central Gardens residents are taking back their neighborhoods.
Over the years, these annual celebrations have helped residents get to know each other better.
Neighbors say that togetherness leads to better security.
Across town at this Midtown park, neighbors friends and families gathered for fun, bar-be-que and lots of catching up.
So whether you enjoy a family picnic or a neighborhood get together, this 4th of july offered fun and security for everyone.