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Fireworks mark Independence Day across Tri-State area

Fireworks mark Independence Day across Tri-State area


The nation's independence will be celebrated with music, food, festivals and fireworks at Tri-State-area events.

Friday, July 1

  • The Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Fire Department's carnival will have fireworks at 10:45 p.m. The carnival grounds are behind the fire department on W.Va. 45, west of Shepherdstown. For more information, call the fire station at 1-304-876-2311.

  • The Gettysburg Fire Department Carnival will have fireworks at 11 p.m. at Gettysburg Recreation Park. For more information, call the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-337-5015.

Saturday, July 2

  • The Hagerstown Suns will have fireworks at Municipal Stadium following the game. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Uncle Sam bobbleheads will be given to the first 1,000 fans.

  • Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike west of Hagerstown, will have fireworks following the 40th annual Johnny Roberts Memorial races. Races start at 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, July 3. For more information, call 301-582-0640 or go to on the Web.

  • The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield will feature patriotic music at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. For more information, see story on D6.,/ul>

    Sunday, July 3

  • The Hagerstown Suns will have fireworks at Municipal Stadium following the game. Game time is 6:35 p.m. For a twist, 3-D glasses will be distributed for viewing the fireworks.

  • Boonsboro's Independence Day celebration in Shafer Park will begin at 5 p.m. and end with fireworks shortly after dusk. The event features entertainment, food, beverages and games. There is no rain date. For more information, call Town Hall at 301-432-5141.

  • Monday, July 4

    • Chambersburg (Pa.) Memorial Park's Fourth of July celebration starts at noon. There will be an antique car show, craft fair, food and game vendors. Flag retreat begins at 7 p.m., and fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, July 9. For more information, call 1-717-261-3275.

    • Williamsport's Fourth of July festivities starts at 7:45 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. The Williamsport Community Band performs at 8 p.m., with fireworks expected to begin at 9:15 p.m.

    • 2005 Fourth of July in War Memorial Park, on Tennessee Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va., features fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and include entertainment, pony rides, minitrain rides, spin art and food. Sponsored by the City of Martinsburg. For more information, call 1-304-264-4842.

    • Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park's fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment, clowns and children's activities begin at 6 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Trolley service from the Ames parking lot off Dual Highway to the fairgrounds will be available from 6 p.m. until the end of the event. For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 116, or go to on the Web.

    • n The Waynesboro (Pa.) Summer Jubilee begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Firecracker 5-K Run at the corner of East Main Street and Virginia Avenue. The race is followed by the Fourth of July parade on Main Street and a day of free entertainment. The festival will be held downtown across from Waynesboro Hospital. Fireworks at dusk will be held on the grounds of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. For race information, call 1-717-765-6564 or send e-mail to For festival information, call 1-717-762-9118 or go to on the Web.

    • Frederick, Md.'s "An Independence Day Celebration" in Baker Park features fireworks, children's activities, a chili cook-off, a pie-eating contest, a best patriotically dressed competition and multiple stages of live music. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free shuttle bus service will be provided. For more information about the festival and shuttle bus schedule, call 1-301-694-2489 or go to on the Web.
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