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Northeast Ohioans Celebrate a Hot 4th of July

CLEVELAND — Food wasn’t the only thing cooking this 4th of July. People barbequing at Edgewater Park flocked to the shade to stay cool, though some embraced the heat.

We found Amy Compton of Lakewood out running in the mid-day heat.

“I fell powerful and exhilarated and free,” Compton said.

But she doesn’t recommend this for everyone.

“No, I’m actually a professional dancer so I work out for hours a day in a cooped-up studio so this is normal for me,” Compton said.

Some kept indoors to stay cool. At Mitchell’s In Rocky River you get ice cream and air conditioning.

“Hot, really hot, I don’t like it at all,” said Carolyn Kocian as she ate some ice cream, “and I didn’t want to be in the heat I guess.”

Back at Edgewater Beach, Ronnie Hunter reminds us that it’s much hotter in other parts of the country right now.

“That’s one thing about Cleveland, we learned not to complain and be grateful for what we got. A lot of people didn’t wake up today. We just grateful to be awoke,” he said.