Top five things to do this week
Celebrate the nation's independence and good bargains at the Mile-Long-Plus Yard Sale this Saturday, the Fourth of July, along several streets north of Hagerstown. Dozens upon dozens of homes will hold yard sales. 7 a.m. until late afternoon. Stretches in various directions from Paradise Church Road. Includes Paradise Drive, Long Ridge Drive, Longmeadow Road, Cherry Tree Circle, Wood Haven Road, Cherry Tree Lane, and surrounding area. Call Dick Strobl at 301-797-1129.
And the rockets red glare
Fireworks, cannons firing and a symphony performing music that will rouse your patriotic soul. The Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield is Saturday. See Songs & Uncle Sam
If fireworks don't float your boat, try boats. The Great Frederick Float sets sail Friday as the parade of boats decorated in patriotic style makes its way along Carroll Creek in Frederick, Md. Attendees will vote for their favorite boat by donating $1 per vote into the entrants' ballot box from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Boat entries will be on display at the creek from 5 to 8 p.m. The boat parade begins at 6 p.m. Boat rentals available. 5 to 8 p.m. Carroll Creek. Call 301-698-8118 or go to www.downtownfrederick.org .