It's an American tradition: Along with hot dogs, barbecue, parades and fireworks, some Americans think the day to celebrate the nation's Independence from Britain also is a time to emphasize politics.
That's especially true in election years (like last year and next) - but for some it's an annual tradition.
Two groups with political connections set up booths during Jefferson City's Salute to America on Thursday along High Street, among the many businesses and organizations.
One booth promoted Cole County Republicans.
"We want to get our name out there," said Hunter Thomas, a three-year volunteer. "We want to show people that we can be strong in the next three years, and grow as a (political) community."
The other booth promoted the "Fair Tax," a national retail sales tax proposal that, among other things, would eliminate all federal income and payroll-based taxes, the Internal Revenue Service and federal estate taxes.
"Everything's at the cash register, and this is a grass-roots effort," volunteer Alan Sanning explained. "We've been doing this for five years ... trying to promote it."
Both groups see their Independence Day booths as one way of educating voters.
The men also thought other groups chose not to set up a booth this year because it's not an election year.