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Thousands Crowd Public Square for Annual 4th of July Concert

CLEVELAND — The streets were alive with the sound of music in downtown Cleveland.

Thousands of people descended on Public Square for a free concert by the Cleveland Orchestra for the 23rd annual free downtown concert.

“I’ve been in Cleveland 38 years and this is the first time I’ve seen it in person,” Brett Kaufmann said.

Early Monday evening, the streets surrounding Public Square were closed-off. People filled the streets with folding chairs, and picnic dinners.

Meantime, tens of thousands of sports fans headed to Progressive Field for the Tribe game, just a few blocks away. Despite this being the first summer with the Horseshoe Casino open, people who arrived early said parking was not a problem. The events meant big business on 4th Street.

“We’re having dinner here on 4th St. before be go and watch the orchestra and fireworks,” Kaufmann said.

Thelma Robinson says she’s celebrating her 90th birthday this Independence Day and wanted to show off her American flag blanket that she had draped over her lap

“I want everyone to know that I love my country,” She said with a smile.