Residents' 4th plans include fireworks, picnics


TRI-STATE -- People celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways, from cooking outside and lighting fireworks to going to the beach or another vacation spot.

Dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit, 16-year-old Havanah Symonds of Waynesboro, Pa., danced around the Wal-Mart parking lot Thursday trying to bring attention to the TNT Fireworks stand.

"I'm just working here today," she said. "Denise (Lancaster) called me up and asked if I wanted to work."

The fireworks stand is being hosted by the Otterbein Church in an effort to raise money for its youth choir, of which Symonds is a member.

"My family and I are going to the beach near Ocean City for the weekend," Symonds said. "Then we're going camping in southern Maryland."


This year, the family had a reason for selecting those locations.

"My dad just got a camper," Havanah said. "It seemed like a good reason to go."

Apart from the beach and camping trip, Symonds said she was looking forward to spending time with her family and getting a tan.

Lancaster, 36, also of Waynesboro, was planning to stay home in order to work at the fireworks stand.

"We'll be selling fireworks all weekend," she said. "I'll be running in the Firecracker 5K race on Saturday morning."

The race is part of the Waynesboro Summer Jubilee, held every Fourth of July weekend.

"I usually spend the holiday with friends," Lancaster said. "Last year, I went to Washington, D.C., but this year I plan on working here and then going to a picnic with some friends."

Marvin Moyer, 38, of Hagerstown was unsure of his plans for the weekend Thursday.

"I'm going to the fairgrounds for the fireworks show," he said. "If I'm in town, I'm going to hit up a couple of them."

Moyer said he has been going to Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown for the fireworks for years.

"My favorite part is the big booms," he said. "My daughter hates it, but I love it."

The Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield in Shaprsburg is another of his favorite fireworks shows, Moyer said.

"I like going down to the Antietam show, but there are so many people," he said. "If I do go out of town, I plan on going to Raystown," the site of a recreational lake in Pennsylvania.

"I've never been there, but it's supposed to have all kinds of stuff to do," he said. "I plan on going with friends."

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