MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds of thousands of people watched the U.S Bank fireworks show Monday night.
As the crowds left Veterans Park, they also left behind a lot of trash. By sunrise, garbage bins were toppled over and debris was scattered everywhere.
The Milwaukee County Parks Department is in charge of clean-up duties. It's an overnight operation and continues until the garbage is gone.
"You see trash all along the lakefront. Somebody has to clean it up," said Robbie Bell, an employee with the Milwaukee County Parks Department."It's a long two days, but as long as everyone has a good time and it's cleaned up afterward. It's all good."
The county employees aren't alone.
Jim Woger woke up at 3 a.m. to come out to the lakefront.
He rummaged through the piles of garbage hoping to find something valuable.
"So far I've found a couple of quarters, but yesterday I was at another park and I found a diamond," he said.
Woger said he also scours the Summerfest grounds with a metal detector.
It takes the clean up crews about eight hours to make Veterans Park green again on this red, white and blue holiday.