NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. --- Thousands are celebrating America's birthday and this year, the Neptune Beach Department says they are taking security to the next level. According to officials, 10,000 people are expected on First Street this 4th of July.
Neptune Beach native, Janice, says the extra patrol is necessary.
"I think it's necessary," said Janice.
Janice has been living on Neptune Beach for 16 years and she says these days, it's busier than ever.
"Of course, you can see it's so crowded now. We used to have barely any people on the beach, hardly," said Janice.