The heat was definitely turned on Wednesday and everyone out at falls park in Sioux Falls was feeling it. Almost everyone was armed with their sunscreen and jugs of water just to make sure they could celebrate the city and honor our nation's birthday.
It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a picnic. Sioux Falls hosts one of the largest around and many families make the Mayor's Fourth of July picnic and parade an annual event.
"Yes it's become a family tradition for us, I really enjoy it and so does my family and we try to make an effort to get out here for sure." Said MaryAnn Egan.
The families came out despite the intense heat, a sight Mayor Mike Huether was more than excited to see.
"I just love this deal, it's so much fun there is no way anyone can have a bad day today." Said Huether.
With temperatures soaring above the century mark many people had to find creative ways to beat the heat, but still had a great time.
The falls on the Big Sioux definitely lure people to the park, but free ice cream and a free meal is also a major draw
"It's nice they provide lunch for people, it's a great way to see the falls and be apart of the community." Said Becca Conner.
While the picnic has the mayor's name in the title, Huether says his role is minimal.
"You have no idea how many volunteers we have, fire, police, EMT's, over 200 volunteers make this event happen." Said Huether.
But it wouldn't be a party without people and the numbers speak for themselves.
"Absolutely I've noticed it's gotten larger every year." Said Egan.
"We know how to celebrate our country, we know how to celebrate our city, and we know how to celebrate our people, it's great! Happy 4th of July everybody!" Said Huether.