America’s Fourth of July city

Posted By: Reid Kilmer
rkilmer@klkntv.com

There's no shortage of red, white and blue in Seward, Neb. Known as "America's Fourth of July City" members of the community plan events all year long knowing people from across the state and country will come.

The city of Seward will have around 40,000 people come through town to join in on the tradition that's been going on for decades.

The tradition has been going on since 1868. This year will mark the 147th celebration full of fireworks, food and more.

For Clark Kolterman he's made a tradition of preparing for this holiday by helping out since he was a senior in high school in 1969.

Kolterman said, "You get a sense of community pride, you get to know your neighbors, you get to work together and it creates a feeling of good will and patriotic spirit."

This year the community of Seward will show off the city's newest attraction, The Nebraska National Guard Museum. This is something the museum's historian, Jerry Meyer, says adds to the holiday's recognition of our military members.

Meyer said, "Seward really rocks on the 4th of July, it's hometown patriotism and I think it's something everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime."

Kolterman tells Channel 8 Eyewitness News people from 37 states and 14 different countries signed into last year's guest book.

For a full list of the event schedule and more you can visit this link http://www.julyfourthseward.com/