FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - For many Americans, Independence Day traditions include family, fireworks, festivals and of course, food.
A little girl gives a 'thumbs-up' for the snow cone she got at a food truck.
Today Palantine Park in Fairmont held their annual 4th of July celebration and had a variety of food trucks at the event.
One food truck owner said that cooking for customers on the 4th is one of his favorite parts of the year.
"This is the first event that we start each year and it's been fantastic," said Joe Demus, owner of the Demus Italian Specialty Foods truck.
Kim Whorley, owner of a beverage truck called the Sip Station, said bringing her food truck to the event doesn't feel like work and instead, she feels lucky to be able to celebrate with her community.
"I'm just excited to be here to celebrate the 4th of July with our community," Whorely said.
She continued, "Palantine Park and our community have been very supportive of us and our truck, so we're here to just have a great day and end it with fireworks."
Many people at the park said that food is a key part of any Independence Day celebration.
"I think it just brings everybody together," said Kim Baston, "they can sit down and eat, have conversation, and talk about what the day means."
Whether you're at a backyard barbecue or eating at a festival food truck, many say that the most important thing about Independence Day is celebrating America's freedom with the people you love
"It's a time for family and a time to celebrate; it's a time to just gather and be together," Whorely said.