July 4, 2005
It was a glorious night in Charlottesville, honoring our nation's independence.
About 20,000 people filled McIntire Park Monday night, including locals, students and visitors, but perhaps two of the most interesting guests didn't arrive by car or foot, they actually flew from the sky.
Uncle Sam parachuted in and he was followed by the King of Rock and Roll, that's Elvis Presley, carrying the flag.
Crowds gathered to eat, play, socialize, and spend time with friend and family on this patriotic holiday, but most people were excited about the fireworks and their spectacular colors.
"My favorite fireworks are the kind [where] you see one and it spreads into other ones," said firework watcher Mary Kwiatkowski.
"A big flash of light and it lights up the whole sky and makes a big bang," said Ted Henderson to his new wife Rachel.
"I like the ones that whistle," she replied.
"The music, seeing your friends and the fireworks too," said Lisa Van Wickler who watched the fireworks with her family.
"There was one guy who was named Uncle Sam who just parachuted over there, he had radical stunts," said David Kwiatkowski who also watched the event with his family.
"It's very important for us to unite and celebrate our independence," Karl Hester said about the holiday.
It's been described as the biggest and best celebration Charlottesville has ever seen, and most of this is thanks to the Dave Matthews Band's financial contribution.