A first generation immigrant family from Port Arthur says there is so much to celebrate on U.S. independence day.

"I appreciate this country because it has given me a lot," says Rogelio Peña, 1st generation immigrant.

Rogelio migrated to the United States from Mexico in search of the American dream.

"It doesn't matter what nationality, the U.S. has helped a lot of people," Peña says.

Making independence day more than just the barbecue and fireworks, for this family, it's a true blessing.

"I have a son in the Marines, that's also why I celebrate it," Peña says.

"I make them proud for being a Marine," says Christian Pena, the youngest of Rogelio's children.

"I'm making a difference for them, It's my way of saying thank you for coming to the United States," Christian says.

"4th of July is more of the birth of a nation and land of opportunity," says Chase Howden, in-law relative.

"That's really what we're celebrating," he explains.

The family is now thankful to finally live in the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

"Thank you very much for taking care of my family united states," says Rogelio.

"Thank you for opening the doors for my family and me, God bless America," he says.

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