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A guide to blasts in the Tri-State area

Fireworks will be crackling for several days as the Tri-State area celebrates the country's independence.

Fireworks will be crackling for several days as the Tri-State area celebrates the country's independence.

June 29, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Where to look each day:

Friday, June 30

· The Smithsburg Fireman's Carnival will have fireworks at 9 p.m. The carnival is on the fire company's grounds on Main Street in Smithsburg.

· The Hagerstown Suns will have 3-D fireworks at Municipal Stadium following the game. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Call 301-791-6266 or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

· The Gettysburg Fire Department Carnival will have fireworks at 11 p.m., at Gettysburg Recreation Park. Call 800-337-5015.

Saturday, July 1

· The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform a Salute to Independence at 7:30 p.m. at Antietam National Battlefield. Fireworks begin immediately after the concert. See story, page E12.

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· Mountaintop Heritage Days will have fireworks at dusk at the former Fort Ritchie's parade grounds in Cascade. The fireworks are part of a three-day event in the Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., area. Event includes a parade Saturday morning. Call Gary Muller at 717-794-2128. See calendar on page E4.

· Hagerstown Speedway, west of Hagerstown, will have fireworks Saturday after dark during the 41st annual Johnny Roberts Memorial races. Race starts at 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday. Call 301-582-0640 or go to www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

· Fireworks will be set off at Sam Michaels Park in Jefferson County, W.Va., when it gets dark. Saturday. Gates open at 3 p.m. Live music begins at 4 p.m. The park is off Job Corps Road between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Call 304-728-3207.

Sunday, July 2

· Boonsboro's Independence Day celebration in Shafer Memorial Park off Main Street begins at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Rohrersville Band and a DJ will provide music. Food will be sold. Fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m. Rain date is Monday, July 3.

· Independence Jam 2006 at Plumb Grove will have fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The day's activities begin at 4 p.m. Includes tours of the historic Plumb Grove mansion and a basketry demonstration. There will be children's activities and music. Reading of Declaration of Independence. Plumb Grove is on Broadfording Road near the Clear Spring school complex. Call 301-842-2252.

· The Hagerstown Suns will have fireworks Sunday after the game at Municipal Stadium. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Statue of Liberty bobblehead. Game time is 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

· The City of Hagerstown will have fireworks - 15,996 shells in 30 minutes - at Fairgrounds Park at 9:30 p.m. The opening ceremony for the festivities is at 6 p.m. The Shades, an oldies 10-piece band, will perform from shortly after 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be children's activities. Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be sold. Trolley service from the former Ames parking lot off Dual Highway to the fairgrounds will be available from 6 p.m. until the end of the event. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 116, or go to www.hagerstownmd.org. The rain date for fireworks is 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

· Williamsport's Fourth of July celebration includes fireworks in Byron Memorial Park at about 9:15 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a canned food item. Rain date for the fireworks is Wednesday. Call 301-331-0383. See calendar on page E5.

· The Waynesboro Summer Jubilee will have fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on Main Street across from Waynesboro Hospital. See story, E14.

· Fourth of July festivities at Memorial Park in Chambersburg, Pa., include fireworks at sundown. The day's activities begin at 1 p.m. with an antique car show. Mercersburg Community Band performs at 7 p.m. Also, food and game booths. Rain date is Saturday, July 8. Call 717-261-3275.

· The holiday will be celebrated at War Memorial Park, Tennessee Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Activities begin at 1 p.m. with pony rides, a DJ and a performance by The Collegians. Food vendors. Magic show at 6 p.m. Call 304-264-4842.

· Celebrate Frederick presents Frederick's 4th, an Independence Day Celebration at Baker Park in Frederick, Md. Fireworks at dusk in the carillon area of the park. Activities include a chili cook-off, a rock-climbing wall, a best-patriotic dressed competition and a pie-eating contest. Live music. There will be free shuttles from Harry Grove Stadium and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School to Baker Park. For a complete schedule, go to www.celebratefrederick.com or call 301-228-2844.

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