MADISON (WKOW) -- The largest fireworks show in the Midwest went off without a hitch Saturday night. The 18th annual Rhythm & Booms provided an entire day's worth of fun.
The ''booms'' were the main event but the fun started hours before, with rides, festival food and some good old-fashioned fun: Bingo!
Kori and Ryan Kruser brought their little boys to tour the inside of a National Guard helicopter on display. The Krusers have family in all branches of the military and say the Fourth of July is a special holiday.
"You just learn to appreciate more what the members of the military do for you so we can be here and enjoy this," said Ryan Kruser.
Bob Franzoso is a U.S. Air Force veteran himself and happy to celebrate the independence he helped protect.
"Fourth of July is a special day. I enjoy being an American," said Franzoso.
For a while, organizers weren't sure the event would actually happen this year, for lack of funding.
"I hope they don't lose that tradition because it's a family thing. It's not an expensive thing for the family to come out; it costs maybe $30 and we have a lot of fun," said Jona Chat, who comes to Rhythm & Booms almost every year.
"To sit here is the most relaxing time I've had in a long time, just to sit here and enjoy the weather and the people. The people are nice and it's just beautiful to be here. I'm glad I'm here," said Franzoso.
By late Saturday, Rhythm & Booms organizers were hopeful the crowds generated enough money for the event to continue next year. They expected more than 200,000 people to come enjoy the festivities this year.
WKOW is a proud sponsor of the event and broadcast 27 News at 6:00 live from Warner Park Saturday night. To watch it, click on the video icon on the top left corner of the page.
For more information visit our special Rhythm and Booms page by clicking here.