By Dillon Thomas

DENVER (CBS4) – One of Colorado’s biggest firework extravaganzas took place in Civic Center Park Monday night.

Independence Eve, proudly sponsored by CBS4, attracted tens of thousands.

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Returning emcee CBS4 anchor Jim Benemann guided attendees through a unique patriotic night filled with music, fireworks, and lights.

Benemann introduced acts true to Colorado, such as Taylor Rae, Soul X Band, and the 101st Army Band.

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“This is our favorite fireworks show, as a family,” said Johnny Quintana, the first attendee to arrive at Civic Center park.

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Independence Eve has been a staple celebration for the Denver metro area for eight eights. CBS4 has been a proud media sponsor, helping make the community-orientated event possible.

The event, hosted by the Civic Center Conservancy, attracts people of all ages.

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Some parents said the event even became a family-favorite tradition.

“We just enjoy being out here,” said Pennie Goodman, a returning attendee.

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The 101st Army Band, from Buckley Air Force Base, played the main performance, a set of iconic patriotic songs choreographed to more than 600 LED lights, and nearly 4,000 fireworks.

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With Independence Eve 2017 in the books, those who have made a tradition of the iconic Denver event said they’re already planning for the next.

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“We love it. It is wonderful. It is a great show. Its well worth coming out and spending time for,” Goodman said.

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Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

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