Fourth of July celebrations began early in Bowling Green tonight.
Thousands attended the Citizen's First Thunderfest one of Bowling Green's signature Fourth of July events hosted by the Kiwanis Club.
Attendees and vendors talk about why they love the event.
"I think everybody's here. It's a great chance to serve ice cream to the public and be part of a festive occasion here in Bowling Green," said Chaney's Dairy Barn Owner and vendor Debrah Chaney.
"I look forward to the fireworks and getting to hear the live music," said attendee Presley Parker.
"This is a great time to get families together, bring people together and just have a great time," said attendee Chris Crain.
The event had not only fireworks, but dozens of food vendors, games, inflatables and music. Ticket sales went to the Kiwanis club who donates all the proceeds to area children's organizations.