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Friends, family and more gather for Boonsboro's annual Independence Day celebration

July 05, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • Nicole Petefish, left, holds fresh cut french fries as her fiance' Jeremy Vermillion pours on the ketchup Friday night during the Boonsboro Independance Day Celebration at Shafer Park.
By Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO, Md. — The town of Boonsboro’s annual Independence Day celebration got off to a brisk start Friday with the promise of fireworks later in the night.

The celebration originally was scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed because of the possibility of inclement weather.

By 6 p.m., residents were jockeying for the best available viewing position for the fireworks display at Shafer Memorial Park, while many others lined up to get a taste of the food that was being sold, including hot dogs, french fries and ice cream.

The Rohrersville Band also was scheduled to perform Friday at the park.

Kenneth Kitchen and his wife, Liz Kitchen, of Funkstown set up chairs at one end of the park.

“To me, it means a lot,” Kenneth Kitchen said. “You see, I was born on the Fourth of July. Yesterday was my birthday.”

He said that years ago, when he was little, he thought the July Fourth fireworks were for his birthday.

“This is about freedom,” Kenneth Kitchen said. “This is a great little town. I grew up here. I played ball in that field.”

Liz Kitchen said her family — including sisters, brothers and cousins — like to come to the celebration.

“Whenever they have fireworks, we are here,” she said.

Dave Wade, chairman of the Boonsboro park board, said it was the town’s goal to make the celebration “a nice relaxing, family-oriented type of event.”

He anticipated that between 1,000 and 1,500 people would show up to see the fireworks show.

Dawn Fletcher of Hagerstown said she comes to the celebration because it is the closest “thing we can find to a small-town event.”

“We had friends who brought us here several years ago,” Fletcher said. “When we can, and we are home and not out of town, we come.

“We usually come and we will get food, and then some ice cream, and then we will go play in the park. We will listen to the band for a while. The kids here are really friendly. There are not a lot of teenagers behaving badly.”

Her daughter, Sara Fletcher, 10, said the high point of the evening was the fireworks display.

“I like the fireworks that look like the palm trees ... I really think those are kind of cool,” she said.

Patricia Row of Rohrersville said her husband, Jerry, was a drummer in the Rohrersville Band.

“We are so glad to be American ... the freedoms that we have,” Row said.

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