BOONSBORO - Patty Bolland is proud of her country, and proud of her son, who is serving as a U.S. Army medic in Iraq.
She and other members of The South Washington County Military Support Group were at Boonsboro's Independence Day event Sunday reminding people why they were celebrating.
"I'm extremely proud of our military because without them we wouldn't be celebrating the Fourth of July," said Lynn Jones, a member of the support group.
About 2,000 people attended Boonsboro's seventh annual Independence Day event at Shafer Memorial Park.
Gail Smith, who lives just outside Boonsboro, said she has attended since it began.
"I like the fireworks, and you see a lot of people you know," she said.
She, her husband Dave Smith, and their daughter Amy Smith, were waiting for some friends and eating dinner before the fireworks began at 9:15 p.m.