Salute to Independence - If you go

July 04, 2002

17th Annual "Salute to Independence" with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Antietam National Battlefield

Md. 65


There is no admission fee to the park, but donations to the MSO will be accepted.

The park will open as usual at 8:30 a.m., but people are encouraged to not bring belongings to the park grounds before 2 p.m. Coolers, backpacks, bags and other containers will be subject to inspection. Entry points to concert seating will be designated.


Vehicle access to the battlefield for parking is via Starke Avenue. Parking and vehicle access will be strictly enforced. Handicapped parking will be provided for vehicles displaying proper license plates or placards.

Limited parking is available in the park and additional parking can be found on Md. 65 and Md. 34 bordering the park. Wear comfortable shoes. You will have to walk to get into and out of the event.

County Commuter will provide shuttle bus service for $1 from the National Cemetery on Md. 34 to the concert grounds, but there is still a 300-yard walk, according to the National Park's Web site at

Be sure to bring a blanket, plenty of water or soft drinks and a flashlight.

Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service will be selling food and drinks.

Don't bring pets. No soliciting.

Be patient. Expect a minimum one hour to 90-minute traffic delay when leaving the event.

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