COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

American Revolution enthusiasts from Colorado Springs are showing people the Fourth of July goes beyond grilling and fireworks.

On July 4, 1776, the U.S. declared their independence from Great Britain.

Volunteers transformed Rock Ledge Ranch into an American Revolutionary War camp Friday. They nailed down tents, cooked food on the ground, and clean and polished their muskets.

“The American Revolution is what defined what we are today as Americans,” said Wendell Smith, who was part of making the recreation happen.

Not only is it important for the people recreating what happened back in the late 1700s, it also gave parents a chance to teach their kids about the history of the U.S.

“I want to make sure our kids know how we got our freedom in this great country,” Nicholas Salazar said.

“We want them growing and learning and understanding that millions of people have sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” Paul Geisler said.

As for the people who recreated the time period, they say when you are enjoying your barbecue and lighting up the night with fireworks, remember the sacrifices made by many soldiers more than 250 years ago.

The 2nd Connecticut Regiment Militia, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Northern Colorado Fife and Drum Core all participated in the reenactment.