(WEAU) – It was a day that felt like an oven. Everyone was carrying around water bottles and fans to stay cool, but the heat didn't stop families from carrying on the tradition of celebrating the holiday.
Yet heat, games and fireworks is how most people will remember this year’s Fourth of July.
"I've never been a really big fan of the heat, but it's a great to be spending it with family and here in Carson Park it’s pretty shady actually," said Julia Carpenter, who lives in Eau Claire.
Fanning fans and eating ice cream is how a few people tried to stay cool. But other families had other ways.
"It’s why we came inside the museum is to beat the heat, you know it’s so hot outside. They have a lot of activities down here but inside the museum its air conditioned," said Tim Haley who lives in Chippewa Falls.
Another family has a traditional water balloon fight after enjoying the day's activities like carriage rides and tossing bean bags
"My family has been preparing that for several days, we've got literally hundreds of balloons ready for that," said Andrew Michie, who lives in Madison.
Kids still enjoyed ring toss and learning how to retire a flag. But some workers were glad to stay inside the chilled museum.
"Normally we would spin outside the log cabin. They usually setup a tent for us, but it's just too hot when you're working with wool and alpaca, especially when it’s going to be 98 degrees,” said Mary Stamos of the Clear Water Fiber Guild.
Meanwhile families we're glad to celebrate their tradition along with the country’s.
"I always like participating in the cake walk and every year we like to participate in the spelling bee that happens in the school house," said Carpenter.
"It's just a great opportunity for us to spend time together in which we don't get to the rest of the year," said Michie.