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Platteville went ahead with their Fourth of July celebrations despite continuing clean up efforts after this summer's storms.

Last month the city was hit with two tornadoes, destroying dozens of homes and buildings, including the UW Platteville campus.

Despite the destruction, city officials wanted to move forward with the weekend's Fourth of July festivities to celebrate how far Platteville has come and their community's strength.

"We just decided that we wanted to really do some extra special things and hope that people come out tonight to just help celebrate that we survived and the community came together. It's been a great couple of weeks here," said Kathy Copp, executive director of the Platteville Chamber of Commerce.

Later this month, the Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual "Party in the Park" event to honor volunteers in the community. This time they will honor everyone who helped with the clean up efforts.

Platteville continues Fourth of July festivities, amidst tornado clean up

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