Katie Smith carries the U.S. flag before the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out during the Boone County Fair at the Central Missouri Events Center on July 25, 2014.
William Creason looks out one of the windows on the second floor of Boone Landing. "I don't go out anymore," he said. "We have everything we need here."
Kelsey Bruce walks under a U.S. Flag near Flat Branch Park during Columbia's Independence Day festivities on July 4, 2014.
Rejoice Church distributed free glow sticks to the crowd.
MacKenzie Oestman warms up her horse before the Missouri High School Rodeo's open barrel competition on June 11, 2014.
Cooks Stan Lewis and Mattie Burkholder take their morning break in a wooden shack outside Mizzou's Kappa Delta house on Aug. 7, 2014.
Russ Archibeque, of Greeley, right, talks with friends in downtown Golden, Colo., while standing next to his 1970 Hemi Challenger convertible. Archibeque was one of hundreds that flocked to Golden for the Mopar Big Block Party, a kickoff to the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Raceway.
Wil Lawrence said the tattoos on his right arm were his demons that help remind him about his former life and drug addiction.
Looking at them helps him stay clean, he said.
Marietta Monroe, in her dual role as conductor and pianist, directs the St. Paul AME choir in preparation for its annual Women's Day celebration.
Patrons at Roxy’s bar and club in Columbia, Mo., partied into the night on Independence Day eve, 2014.
The Missouri Tigers football team warmed up at Memorial Stadium's Faurot Field on Aug. 9, 2014.
Linda Mitchell, 56, has lived for two years at Oak Towers in Columbia, Mo. Her two favorite holidays are Mother's Day and Christmas, she said. She keeps two miniature Christmas trees in her apartment, so she can enjoy the holiday year-round. "I have to work for my cigarettes, just like anybody else," Mitchell said.
The city of Columbia produced its "Fire in the Sky" Independence Day fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014. The fireworks were launched from the top of parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets and were choreographed to music broadcast on BXR 102.3.
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