Red, white and blue bunting hung from pavilions in Shafer Park as people started spreading out blankets for an evening of fireworks marking the town’s 12th annual Independence Day celebration.
It was just the kind of surroundings Katherine Hunt likes.
Hunt, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said she has attended major July Fourth events over the years like the one inWashington, D.C., but now prefers a more laid-back approach.
“I just had my fill of crowds,” said Hunt, who was joined by her 6-year-old daughter, Meredith, who attends Mt. Nebo Christian Preschool in Boonsboro.
Hunt, who had been to the celebration once before, said she likes the fireworks show, and it’s easy to get in and out of the event.
Robert Summers and his wife, Kim, of Williamsport got to the park at about 5:20 p.m. to stake out their chairs in special spot on the baseball field to get a good view of the fireworks. The couple said they like the event because of its family atmosphere.
“You usually run into somebody you have not seen in a while,” Robert Summers said.
The couple said they also usually attend the July Fourth celebration in Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport.
Dave Wade, chairman of the Boonsboro park board, said organizers of the event always try to hold it so it does not interfere with other large July Fourth events in Washington County, such as the 27th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield, which is scheduled for Saturday.
“We try to keep it a small community atmosphere,” Wade said.
Nonprofit groups like the Scouts and Sons of the American Legion set up booths at the event and sell food, while the Rohrersville Cornet Band was scheduled to perform in a gazebo.
“I’m doing the soft crabs,” Wade said.
Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church on Main Street set up a stand to sell ice cream, pizza and brownies.
Church members not only raise money for the church, but enjoy the fellowship with town residents, Pastor Ray Roberson said.
“We got a great group of folks who are committed,” said Roberson, nodding toward a group of church members pulling hot pizzas out of an oven.
Wade said the fireworks are usually set off about 9:30 p.m., although the fireworks crew sometimes alters the time to get just the right conditions for the show.