Updated:ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. —
Rain didn’t stop tens of thousands of people from packing Crane’s Roost in Altamonte Springs for an early Fourth of July celebration.
Nearly 200,000 people showed up for the annual Red, Hot and Boom event.
The popular fireworks show went on until about 10 p.m. Thursday.
To change things up this year, one of the headlining bands performed after the fireworks, with the hopes the more than 150,000 spectators would trickle our of the park at different times to avoid a hectic traffic.
“We are real happy we are here, but the crowds are just crazy,” said attendee Tom Menapace.
The fireworks drew the crowd, and the crowd drew the dozens of vendors that lines Cranes Roost.
Some of the vendors said they spent weeks preparing their products in order to be ready for the masses, all hoping to cash in on the audience at hand.
“You can’t be at a better place,” said Cynthia Williams.
The only people who may have been busier than the vendors were the police and fire crews.
“You’ll see law enforcement all throughout the park. They’re staging inside the park and outside the park,” said Officer Robert Pelton with the Altamonte Springs Police Department.
Even with coolers allowed this year so people could bring their own water to stay hydrated, rescue crews had to take care of at least five people for heat exhaustion, four of whom had to be taken to the hospital.