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Brian Noonan talks to “Mr. Fourth of July” Joe Marino, a World War II veteran and Rockford icon who has been in charge of Rockford’s Independence Day fireworks display for over 50 years. Joe has received numerous awards, including the Key to the City of Rockford, Rockford Man of the Year Award, the Rockford Park District Distinguished Service Award, the Vice President George Bush Excellence Award, the President Ronald Reagan Award, and the President’s Service Award from Bill Clinton. Hear Joe tell Brian how he got involved in Rockford’s Independence Day fireworks plans in 1963, and what to expect from the city’s impressive display this year.