FORT GEORGE G. MEADE
For some people, July 4 means hanging out with the family. For others, it means a long weekend and trip to the beach or maybe just attending a local fireworks display. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, where the fireworks display on the national mall, with the Washington Monument and Capitol building in the background, is a fact of life. But not even that fireworks display has ever given me the same warm fuzzy feelings that I get when I go to fireworks at Ft. Meade, where I am surrounded by servicemen/women and their families, celebrating the very freedoms to which their lives are dedicated.
This year's July 4 at Ft. Meade will be held at McLachlin Parade Field, with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. and a 25-minute fireworks display at dark. There will be carnival rides for kids and adults, food vendors (not just your boring ol' hot dogs and funnel cakes... they usually have some international fare, as well). You'll be able to enjoy a patriotic sing-along and talent showcase, as well. July 4 events are open to the public (subject to change, of course, if security warrants it).
If you happen to be military or a military dependent or DOD cardholder, you and your guest(s) may enjoy a preview of the July 4 festivities on July 3, from 6-10, with "ride all night" specials.
I'll look for you at Ft. Meade this week!