The Fourth of July is a time for celebrating the birth of America and what the country stands for. Of course, some people celebrate more enthusiastically than others.
This is true of the dozen or so teenagers, ranging from 16 to 20, who have put on AmericaFest for two years now. AmericaFest 2010, which took place on Saturday and Sunday with Memorial Park as a home base, consisted of an informal parade, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, handing out apple pies to firefighters and a loosely based Revolutionary War battle reenactment portrayed through a water balloon fight.
"A lot of people think it's a trivial thing, but we take it seriously even though we have a lot of fun doing it," said Quemars Ahmed, one of the founders of AmericaFest. "We see it as a civic duty to show off our patriotism and have fun doing it at the same time."