WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- People are pouring onto the National Mall staking their place to watch the fireworks display, but earlier on July Fourth, fans celebrated a 'curly W' at Nats park.

Fans were in the patriotic spirit, shouting "God bless America! Go Nats!," and "I love this country. It's a great day to be an American."

Fans rocked the red, white and blue on Fourth of July.

"We love the crowds. This is the best thing to do is go to a ball game," said one fan.

Inside Nationals Park, it was a celebration of the Stars and Stripes as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, sang the National Anthem.

At the bottom of the third, Neil Diamond debuted his "Freedom Song (They'll never take us down)." The music icon was inspired by the country coming together during the tragedy of the Boston bombings.

"It was patriotic and appropriate for the game," said another fan.

Fans say there's nothing more patriotic on this Independence Day than the sites and sounds at Nats park and honoring those who made freedom possible.

Wounded Warrior Ryan Kules was injured in Iraq in 2005.

"To be on the field and enjoy the game with our families is an amazing opportunity." Kules said.

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