Red, White & Blue Celebration offers fun, food, music, rides

James Braxton, of Arnold, holds his 15-month-old son, Caiden, as fireworks explode during Fort Meade's Red, White & Blue celebration at McGlachlin Parade Field on July 1, 2016. (File Photo by Steve Ruark)

The sounds of rhythm and blues and classic rock will fill McGlachlin Parade Field as musician Jared Mahone and the Til September band each perform at Fort Meade’s annual Red, White & Blue Celebration on Friday.

The salute to Independence Day will begin at 4 p.m. and end with a 30-minute fireworks display from 9:30 to 10 p.m.

The free event is open to the public. The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, host of the celebration, expects 8,000 to 10,000 people to attend.

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“We’re very excited about this year and hope everyone comes out to enjoy the festivities,” said Angela Sangirardi, special events coordinator at FMWR.

Mahone will perform rock, rhythm and blues, country and soft pop from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Til September band will perform classic rock from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Alexia Cox, left, 9, of Taneytown, and Sayde Porter, 8, of Hanover, bounce on one of the many children’s attractions during last year’s Red, White & Blue Celebration on McGlachlin Parade Field. (File Photo by Steve Ruark)

Other highlights include free children’s rides from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Youngsters can enjoy a moon bounce, Rock ‘n Roll Tumbler, Disco Cars, Turbo Tubs, Log Jammer, Extreme Air Jumper and the 60 Seconds to Victory game.

Food vendors range from Capital Kettle Corn and Funnel Cakes to London Court Beverage, Thai Star Gill, and Rich’s Blues and BBQ.

Jay Vending will provide glow-in-the-dark novelty items. H2 Yo Yo will offer hair painting.

Families can grill on the asphalt pavement along Cooper and English avenues or in nearby parking lots.

“Caution should always be used when grilling,” Sangirardi said.

Pets, sparklers and glass containers are prohibited.

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