SHARPSBURG --A large crowd is expected tonight for the 25th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield, and Battlefield Superintendent John Howard advises those planning to attend to come prepared.
"The best advice we give to people is bring water and bring insect repellent of some kind," Howard said Friday.
The list of things to bring also should include comfortable shoes for getting to and from the parking areas and concert site, and a flashlight to find your way back, he said.
Those attending may enter the park as early as 6 a.m., but the largest numbers of people are expected to come in after 2:30 p.m., Howard said.
Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) and Shepherdstown Pike (Md. 34) should be navigable for motorists just passing through, he said.
"During the day, the traffic flows smoothly," Howard said.
Motorists might want to avoid the area at about 10 p.m., when the concert and fireworks end, Howard said. While people will be filtering in throughout the day, most of the expected 20,000 to 30,000 visitors will be leaving at the same time, he said.