June 14, 2013
The city of Martinsburg announced Friday that it will sponsor a Fourth of July fireworks display next month. Set to begin at 9:30 p.m., the fireworks show will be launched from the same location near War Memorial Park as previous years. But the park will close at dusk, and no special music or entertainment is planned there for the holiday, city officials said. The park's amenities, including public swimming, mini-golf and concessions, will be open on July 4, but the pool area will not be available for viewing the fireworks display as in previous years, officials said.
February 14, 2013
The Martinsburg City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to host the community's annual Fourth of July fireworks show and obtain the required permits. City Council's 6-0 decision comes after the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board decided in December that it would not apply for the required permits for the pyrotechnics display and would no longer hold Independence Day festivities at War Memorial Park in the hours leading up to the event. Ward 4 Councilman Roger Lewis was absent for Thursday's meeting.
August 18, 2012
A red oak tree and a picnic table at Washington County Regional Park were damaged sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The tree was pushed over far enough to snap it in half, and a bench section of the picnic table had been pulled off, deputies said. Several Bud Light Platinum beer bottles and fireworks also were found in the area, deputies said. The incident is believed to have taken place between Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. at the park along Mount Aetna Road, deputies said.
July 4, 2012
As the heat subsided, the July Fourth crowd at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park swelled on Wednesday, eager for an evening of fun and fireworks. People were spread out on blankets and under canopies throughout the park, playing games, picnicking and enjoying a sticky, lazy day. Live music filled the air, including covers of Junior Walker & the All-Stars' “Shotgun” and Van Morrison's “Domino.” Larry Lee Carter of Hagerstown stood...
July 3, 2012
Ominous dark clouds began rolling into the Clear Spring area around 5 p.m. Tuesday, as the town's yearly Independence Day celebration got under way on the grounds of Plumb Grove Mansion. A vendor at the seventh annual event, Sam Spinder of Old Country Kettle Korn, based in Greencastle, Pa., said it was his second year coming to the community festival, but he wasn't worried about the weather forecast. “Last year, it was kind of a similar day as it is today, but for about 30 minutes it poured like you couldn't imagine,” Spinder said.
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.
June 29, 2012
Friday, June 29 Smithsburg Carnival Music, amusement and food. Carnival, 6 to 11 p.m. Fireworks on Friday, June 29 at 9:30 p.m. Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. grounds, 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg. Call 301-824-2889. Saturday, June 30 Speedway fireworks 47th annual Johnny Roberts Memorial 50 Lap. Fireworks display. 7 p.m. race. Evolution Rock School to performs at 5:30 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike, west of Hagerstown.
June 17, 2012
Name of business: Keystone Fireworks Owners: Brian and Kevin Shaub Address: 56 Executive Blvd., exit 3 off Interstate 81, Greencastle, Pa. Opening date: May 1, 2012 Products and services: Consumer fireworks Target market: Hagerstown and surrounding areas How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? We started as a small novelty company selling sparklers and seasonal items. That business gradually evolved into selling the full line of consumer fireworks.
July 4, 2011
Fifteen thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six. That’s how many fireworks shells were set to explode Monday over Hagerstown from Fairgrounds Park. “People always ask why don’t we make it an even 16,000,” city Community Affairs Manager Karen Giffin said. “We don’t because people remember 15,996.” The city of Hagerstown held its 10th annual Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park Monday. Giffin estimated that 20,000 people would descend on the park by 9:30 p.m., when the fireworks show was set to begin.
July 3, 2011
As with most Americans, I’ve always been a fan of the Fourth of July holiday. I mean, seriously, what’s not to love? Cookouts, parades, hanging out with friends and family, a day off from work for most people, followed by fireworks to cap off the night. Good stuff, right? Proud to be American and all that God Bless the USA happiness. As I got older, certain parts of that mattered more than others: Sharing those cookouts with special loved ones who are no longer here, enjoying a day off with my daughter and sharing a blanket with a special someone as the rockets’ red glare exploded high above our heads.