Around 100,000 attend Red, White and Blue Ash 2017

BLUE ASH, Ohio -- Red, White and Blue Ash, one of our region's biggest and booming-est Independence Day celebrations, is a about more than fun, games, thrills or explosions for Tri-Staters such as Steve and Sheila Osborne.

Both of the Osbornes served in the United States Armed Forces in the ‘80s -- he in the Air Force and she in the Army. They were among the crowd of more than 100,000 attendees at Red, White and Blue Ash Tuesday night.

"(The Fourth of July) just means this country's great," Sheila Osborne said. "It's always been great, it's always going to be great, and the people -- these people -- make it great. All of them."

GALLERY: Fireworks and funnel cake at Red, White and Blue Ash 2017

Also great? REO Speedwagon, who played the celebration. They first gained mainstream success while the Osbornes were serving in the military -- and, according to Sheila Osborne, they're just as good now as they were then.

"They don't miss a beat," she said.

Happy 241st birthday, USA! You're looking younger than ever.

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