By: Jenn Schanz
Lots of reasons to love July 4th in Seward.
The 145th annual Independence Day celebration is a team theme, in tribute to the volunteers and families that make the day special.
Those celebrating weren't short of things to choose from.
People enjoyed an antique car show, basketball, an open market, fresh kettle corn and snow cones.
In addition to pie eating, bubble blowing, and some delicious funnel cake, it's no wonder Nebraska's official Fourth of July city brings in more than 40,000 people for the festivities.
Seward's big day draws crowds from all over the country.
"Happy Fourth of July from the Carolinas," says Andy Hall.
He road tripped up with a buddy to visit an old friend and take part in the pie eating contest.
"By way of route 66 and 101 up the coast and across the Louis and Clark trail from Charleston, South Carolina," he says, describing how he ended up in Seward for the Fourth.
Others enjoyed a hometown tradition.
Norma Klein and her husband are from Lincoln, and operated Klien's Funnel Cakes in Seward on the Fourth for 15 years.
Now, their grandson runs it.
This year, Norma's enjoying just being part of the crowd, which she says is bigger than usual, thanks to more mild weather.
"The crowd is much bigger today than it was last year. It was hot, I think it was 100 degrees," she says.
To make the day a little less hectic, Seward offered a free trolley around town and to parking locations.
Event officials say Seward bleeds red, white, and blue all year long, so the Fourth is their day to shine.