Today, here's a primer to help you get ready for fireworks. If you don't want to fool with the crowds on the National Mall, check out these local jurisdictions offering fireworks.
- Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt (Crescent Rd. near Kenilworth Ave.). Fireworks start at 9 pm. The Greenbelt Concert Band will play from 5:45-6:45 pm, and there will be a Community Drum Circle from 7:15-8:30 pm. For more information, call the fireworks hotline, 301-474-0646.
- University of Maryland in College Park. Hosted by the city and university, the evening starts at 7 pm with a free concert by The Fabulous Hubcaps on the campus' Lot 1. Fireworks start around 9 pm, and will last 30 minutes. Detailed location information is online at http://newsdesk.umd.edu/uniini/release.cfm?ArticleID=1918.
- Allen Pond Park in Bowie (3330 Northview Drive) will be the site of the city's annual fireworks. Some form of entertainment is excepted beforehand, but not listed on the city's website. Fireworks are scheduled to start about 9:15. For more information, visit http://www.cityofbowie.org/Government/CommunityServices/SpecialEvents/fourthjuly.asp or call 301-809-3011.
Have a good one.