We often celebrate with parades, picnics and fireworks.
Some Eagle River girls are taking time to honor our nation the entire summer, and they're doing it on horseback.
Jenna and Jessica team up to perform "Cowgirls and Gypsies- Salute to America"
The show features Gypsy Horses, Rex and Henry.
The horses are a rare breed.
Only about 4 thousand of them are in the United States.
Together they ride along to patriotic songs.
"We have the 'Star Spangled Banner,' which we have at the beginning to show that we respect our flag, and it's something that should be respected. Then we do, 'Proud to be an American', because we are very proud to be American, and then we do 'Color me America' for our finale," said Jenna Kukanich.
The girls and horses have been training together for 6 months.
This is the first year of the show.
"Watching them perform is just, amazing and to see that they really do love what they're doing is awesome," said mom Laura Bonson.
"Cowgirls and Gypsies" performed at the Vilas County fair this summer.
They'll be there again next year.
They are looking for more opportunities to perform.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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