Lighting up the sky
Multiple locations to host fireworks during Independence Day festivities.
For those wishing to celebrate this July 4 under the crackle and sparkle of fireworks, Charles County will play host to four fireworks displays this year: Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, the Village Green and Pavilion of Indian Head, La Plata fairgrounds, and near Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf.
The family fun to be had at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf, will be begin at 4:30 p.m. with vendors, games, live music and baseball, as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the Somerset Patriots at 7:05 p.m. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free, with a $5 charge for Family Fun Zone wristbands. Seating outside the stadium is limited and guests are recommended to bring chairs and blankets.
Festivities offered by the Town of Indian Head at the Village Green and Pavilion, 100 Walter Thomas Road, begin at 3:30 p.m. with a patriotic opening ceremony, followed by amusements, live entertainment, including a DJ and food vendors. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted.
The La Plata fairgrounds announced its annual fireworks display will return this Independence Day beginning at 5 p.m. with family activities, pony rides and more. Located at 8440 Fairground Road, fairground parking and admission are free, and the fireworks show will begin at dusk.
The fireworks display near Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, located at 2040 St. Thomas Drive, Waldorf, will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Though, there are other events going on during the day as well.
The Town of La Plata Independence Day Watermelon Bash is scheduled for 10:30 to 1:30 p.m, with hot dogs, games and, of course, watermelon.
And swimmers can go to any Charles County Parks and Recreation pool wearing red, white or blue for $2 admission.
Charles County Fire and EMS spokesperson Bill Smith reminded families to stay safe during the Independence Day activities. “We want to urge parents to use extra caution while attending public fireworks with their children,” he said. “Last year a child was struck while crossing the street in Smallwood and was seriously injured. Drivers be aware of your surroundings and watch for pedestrians crossing all streets before, during and after the firework shows. Also while out on your boat, please use extra caution on the water, be sure to hydrate and follow all rules on the water and be safe out there.”
Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf hosts a fireworks display for Independence Day revelers in 2013.
Fireworks delight guests at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf during Independence Day festivities in 2013.