Light­ing up the sky

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

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.”

FILE PHOTO BY ME­GAN JOHN­SON

FILE PHO­TOS BY ME­GAN JOHN­SON

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.

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