In North Hills, they celebrated patriotism Friday with a 30-year-old local tradition.
North Hills rang in the holiday as they do every year.
Kids marched in a parade and spent the afternoon at the community pool.
Organizers say it's a great way to teach kids about patriotism and that the 4th is about more than fireworks and partying.
True to this idea, no alcohol was served.
But there was plenty of food
And all free to the public.
"We're the most beautiful town in West Virginia, and Ohio Valley's choice for raising children," says North Hills Mayor Bill Summer.
"It was just nice getting to see some old familiar faces, and seeing some kids that I hadn't seen before. It's just nice to be a part of a community," says Miss West Virginia Charisse Haislop.
Although there was no charge for the event, organizers held a raffle.
One person could win up to $1,000.
The rest will go towards keeping the North Hills pool a great place to swim.