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Hagerstown to host annual fireworks show at Fairgrounds Park

June 30, 2012

Customary for its Fourth of July celebration, the city of Hagerstown will host its annual fireworks show at Fairgrounds Park on Wednesday night, according to a city news release.

Firing up 15,996 shells over the 30-minute show, this year’s display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and include a special set-piece, spelling out “Happy Birthday Hagerstown 250 Years” in honor of the city’s 250th anniversary this year.

A trolley service running from the shopping center at the corner of Dual Highway and South Cleveland Avenue, where Aldi and Supreme Buffet are located, will be available to shuttle people to the park starting at 6 p.m.

Local TV and radio personality Lou Scally will host opening ceremonies, starting at 6 p.m. with the presentation of colors followed by the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

The invocation and benediction will be given by Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner and state Del. John Donoghue, respectively, followed by remarks by Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. A 21-gun salute and the playing of echo taps will follow.

Entertainment from The NoWhere Men, with several special guests, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until the fireworks display kicks off at 9:30 p.m.

New things to do this year will be a car show and games hosted by the city’s recreation department on the softball field starting at 2 p.m. Games include cornhole, kickball and ladderball.

Food vendors and free children’s activities, including crafts, will be available from 6 to 9:30 p.m., as well as a nine-hole golf course.

People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. City officials remind attendees that personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages and bicycles are prohibited in the festival area. Only service animals are permitted in the park.

For more information, call the city’s Community Affairs office at 301-739-8577, ext. 116.

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