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July Events - City of Hagerstown
|Thursday, July 4, 2013||
Celebrate Independence Day at Fairgrounds Park!
The City of Hagerstown will host Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Family and friends are invited to celebrate our nation's independence with a special ceremony, musical entertainment, children's activities, and fireworks!
The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies. Lou Scally will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Opening ceremonies will include the posting and retiring of colors by the Korean War Veterans, Antietam Chapter #312 and Boy Scouts Troop 2. The National Anthem will be sung by Hope Wolford, and God Bless America will be sung by Michael Heyser. The invocation will be done by Councilmember Don Munson and the benediction by Delegate John Donoghue. Remarks will be made by Councilmember Lewis Metzner. The Color/Honor Guard of Amvets Post 10 of Hagerstown, MD and Marine Corps League of Hagerstown will do a 21-gun salute and echo taps.
Entertainment will follow at 6:30 p.m. when C Smash, Demitri Callas, The Teddy Boys with special guests Michael Walls "Pokey" and Michael Scheer take the stage.
A huge fireworks display will follow the entertainment at approximately 9:30 p.m. with 15,996 shells in 30 minutes!
Free children’s activities including crafts will also be available from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (while supplies last) as well as a nine-hole golf course. Food vendors will offer a variety of delicious food and snacks.
Bus service from the Municipal Stadium parking lot to Fairgrounds Park will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 11:00 p.m. Guests are also encouraged to ride their bicycles to the park; riders are encouraged to park their bikes in the racks at the park as bicycles are not allowed in the festival area.
People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Please remember that personal fireworks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Only service animals are permitted in the park. Individuals may call 301.739.8577, extension 116 for more information.
|Saturday, July 6, 2013||
The City of Hagerstown is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hagerstown during the Civil War on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Three tours will be led throughout the day to chronologically re-create the battle throughout the city. The tours will be given free of charge.
The Battle of Hagerstown is known as one of the largest urban cavalry battles in the Civil War. Noted historian Stephen Bockmiller will lead the tour groups to re-trace the battle as it happened from the south end of the city to Zion Reformed Church. Guests will also hear the stories of several civilians who were impacted by the battle.
July 6th marks the actual anniversary of the Battle of Hagerstown 150 years ago in 1863. Tours will be held at noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Guests are asked to meet in front of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Public Square (northeast quadrant) to begin each tour. The excursion is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes, and participants can expect to walk about 1 ˝ miles through the city. Attendees are encouraged to bring water.
Those who would like to attend are encouraged to submit an email RSVP to CW150@hagerstownmd.org or call (301) 739-8577 ext. 139. Please specify the time you wish to participate and the number in your group. Please note an RSVP is not required; guests are welcome to attend on a walk-on basis. In the event of rain, the tours will be cancelled.