Businesses Prepare for Busy Holiday Weekend


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Parades, cook outs, concerts and fireworks are all the ingredients residents need to make a memorable 4th of July. Businesses all over are getting ready to make that sure folks are prepared.

If anyone is looking for a show, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is hosting its 29th annual Salute to Independence event at Antietam National Battlefield on Saturday and includes a concert and fireworks display. Up to 20,000 people are expected at the event. A huge lawn in front of the stage allows anyone to come setup and enjoy the evening.

"We've been doing our mowing, laying out the grass areas where people will be able to bring their blankets and spread out and stay, said Susan Trail, superintendent at the battlefield. "It gives everybody a time to reflect what July fourth is really all about, especially like a place like Antietam Battlefield."

Stores all over are making sure they're stocked up on all the items you need for that perfect cookout.

"Hands down ice, it goes crazy," said Food Lion manager Jason Strunk. "Corn, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, that stuff just flies out of here."

Workers say they see the most customers on the fourth, and expect to stay busy all weekend with the holiday falling on a Friday this year.

"It used to be people shop kind of early," Strunk added. "Now it's like day one they're flying in the store."

If you don't feel like going to a fireworks display, you can always set one up in your back yard.

"It's not the Fourth of July unless you light something off," said Brian Shaub, owner of Keystone Fireworks. "Everybody comes here and basically we have everything under one roof."

These workers say they need to be stocked up on everything big and small to satisfy all their customers.

"Some people like bottle rockets, firecrackers," Shaub added. "We have to carry so many items because everybody likes something different."

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