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Fourth of July Sizzles in Western Mass

Fireworks1SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — After days of rainy weather, the sun is finally shining on this Independence Day and it’s heating things up.

But even though conditions outside may be hot and steamy, that’s not putting a damper on people’s mood to celebrate.

Several generations of the Rodriguez family gathered in forest park to enjoy the Fourth of July.

It’s become a tradition… right down to the exact location.

“One of us usually wakes up early to hold this spot under the tree cause it’s hot in the summer and every single year everyone knows where to meet cause we never miss this spot,” said Veronica Rodriguez

Something of a ‘hot’ spot, this year especially – as the mercury climbed and hot dogs weren’t the only thing sizzling outdoors.

Right across the road dozens hit the water park and nearby pool, trying to make the best of a steamy situation.

“We’re cooling off a little bit. Our apartment doesn’t have air conditioning so this is nice being able to come here and splash around,” said Dillon Brown.

Though clearly that water is a little chilly as the surprised look on Brown’s 8 month old son indicates.

But heat is subjective and not everyone can agree on what’s hot and what’s cold. In fact, this electric sign on Sumner Avenue says it’s 32 degrees.

We actually topped out in the low 90′s.  Close – only a 60-degree difference.

But it’s those 60 degrees that make all the difference.

“It’s a nice change from over the winter,” said one sunbather at Forest Park, Kelly Simonetta of Pittsfield. “It’s much better. Enjoy it while you can.”

In case you’re wondering – the record high temperature in Massachusetts for the Fourth of July… 104 degrees set back in 1911.

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