"I tell the folks that come here, that these are my guests, these are my friends."
Motorists should be aware of traffic pattern changes as Hagerstown celebrates July 4th with fireworks at Fairgrounds Park Monday.
"Last year alone, four house fires were reported due to fireworks," explains Douglas Dehaven, Hagerstown Fire Marshal.
Fireworks are the signature kickoff to a summer celebration, but they are not without their risks.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that it has met its goal of $50,000 for the annual Salute to Independence.