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Where to see fireworks before, after and on the Fourth of July

Where to see fireworks before, after and on the Fourth of July

June 28, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

What's popping this Fourth of July holiday?

A symphony performance at Antietam National Battlefield.

A free Blue Oyster Cult concert in Frederick, Md.

And, of course, fireworks all around.

There's plenty to do and see this holiday weekend, with something Fourth of July-related going on nearly every day, even after July 4.

The start of Mountain Top Heritage Days kicks off the festivities Friday, with events scheduled in and around Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. As part of the festival, fireworks are scheduled for dusk Saturday at the parade grounds of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade, Md.

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Mountain Top Heritage Days events leading up to the festival's fireworks include:

· Parade, 9 a.m. Saturday, from Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, 14753 Charmain Rd., Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., to Blue Ridge Summit Fire Hall.

·Craft show. Food and craft vendors at Tracys Corner (the corner of Monterey Lane and Pa. 16) and at Summit Springs Inn, 15431 Summit Farm Dr., Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

· Car and motorcycle show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Blue Ridge Summit Fire Hall grounds.

· Live performances include A Showcase of Talent from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Tropical Duo from 2 to 5 p.m. At Tracys Corner (the intersection of Monterey Lane and Pa. 16). Shows continue Sunday, July 1, with Dave Snader from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and The Bumbaugh Family from 3 to 5 p.m. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

· Civil War encampment, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, July 1. Lions Club Rolando Woods, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

· Civil War walk led by Mike Vallone, 1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church. $10 per person. Call 717-794-2128 for more information. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

· Festival and fireworks. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Saturday, fireworks start at dusk. Grills and pets prohibited. The fireworks are at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base parade grounds, Cascade, Md. Call 717-794-5459.

For more information about Mountain Top Heritage Days, call 717-794-5459.




Here's a look at other fireworks displays scheduled in the area:

Friday, June 29

· Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company's 75th annual carnival. Carnival starts at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30. Pets prohibited. Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Company grounds, off Main Street, Smithsburg. For more information, go to www.smithsburgvfc.org.

· Gettysburg Fire Department Carnival. Fireworks start at 11 p.m., at Gettysburg Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg, Pa. Call 800-337-5015.

Saturday, June 30

· Mountain Top Heritage Days, fireworks. Festivities start at 5 p.m., fireworks start at dusk. Grills and pets prohibited. Mountain Top Heritage Days celebration festivities end Sunday, July 1. The fireworks are at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base parade grounds, Cascade. Call 717-794-5459.

· Fireworks celebration, hosted by the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Parks & Recreation Commission. Festivities begin at noon, fireworks after 9 p.m. Grilling allowed, pets prohibited. Rain date is July 1. Sam Michaels Park, Jefferson County, W.Va., off Job Corps Road between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry. Call 304-728-3207 or go the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Web site, www.jcprc.org/page7.html.

· Fireworks hosted by Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Pets and grilling permitted. War Memorial Park, Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va. Call 304-264-4842.

Sunday, July 1

· The Town of Boonsboro's seventh annual Independence Day event. Food and activities start at 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Pets prohibited. Grills only permitted for those renting park pavilions. Rain date is Monday, July 2. Shafer Memorial Park, off Main Street, Boonsboro. For more information, call Boonsboro Town Hall, 301-432-5141.

Tuesday, July 3

A street dance, part of Williamsport's Independence Day festivities. 7 to 9 p.m. At the corner of Conococheague and Salisbury Streets, near Williamsport Town Hall. Fourth of July activities continue through Wednesday, July 4. For more information, call Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline, 301-331-0383, or Town Clerk James Castle, 301-223-7711.

Wednesday, July 4

· Williamsport's Independence Day festivities, at Byron Memorial Park. Pancake breakfast, 6 to 10 a.m. 5-kilometer run, 8:30 a.m. Live music, demonstrations, displays and food sales, 11 a.m. to dusk. Williamsport Community Band concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks after dusk, around 9:30 p.m. Pets allowed; grills prohibited. For the full schedule, call Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline, 301-331-0383, or Town Clerk James Castle, 301-223-7711.

· Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. Fireworks after the 7:05 p.m. Hagerstown Suns game against Delmarva Shorebirds. The first 1,000 fans get a patriotic Woolie bobblehead (Woolie dressed as Uncle Sam). Call 301-791-6266 or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

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