Pent-up national pride came to a head over the Independence Day weekend, as people all over West Volusia celebrated the United States of America’s birthday, not just for 2021, but for 2020 also, as most festivities last year were sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As normalcy returns, the sound of fireworks was inescapable.

Citywide events were coordinated all over the county, including firework displays in Orange City, Pierson and DeBary and a festivals in DeLand and Deltona, and a parade in Lake Helen.