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Families gain new memories at Goreville's July 4th celebration

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GOREVILLE, Ill. -- July 4th celebrations wrapped up across the region Wednesday night with colorful displays in the skies.

Hundreds gathered at Goreville Village Park for the Freedom Fest, where they had everything from live music to helicopter rides. There were also parades that drew neighbors from all around Johnson County.

For one Johnson County mother, it was a day to remember.

"It's very special to me," Karen Boner said. "She has been such a beautiful blessing to me."

She's talking about her daughter Nadia, who she adopted when she was just a baby. It was Nadia's first time riding through the parade.

"And to watch her to be able to grow and also to have the opportunity to even be in the parade."

12-year-old Nadia told News 3 she enjoyed it.

"It was really fun, I loved spending time with my best friend," Nadia said.

She also loved having her mom there to cheer her on.

"I know she's really proud of me, and I love it when she's out there in the crowd supporting me and stuff and I know she loves me very much," Nadia said.

They and many other families are thankful for the new memories created this July 4th.

"It's a fun family time, it's also a celebration of our country, which we hope gets better and better," Boner said.

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