Fireworks are worth the wait in Solomons

Albiet a day late, Solomons celebrated Independence Day Saturday, July 5 with long-awaited fireworks. Boats lined the waters of the Patuxent River and thousands of locals, visitors and spectators lined the shores and filled every available crevice on the narrow island in anticipation.

It was a thriving and prosperous three days for businesses on the island throughout the Fourth of July weekend and the bustling throng was not disappointed when the fireworks, postponed a day due to windy conditions July 4, finally came in all their glory..

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office and Public Works workers closed off specific sections of Route 2 going through Solomons. Backroads were blocked, along with the exit ramp from the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge into Solomons.

The traffic patterns seemed to work well, the only glitch being a disabled vehicle on the bridge when the show was over, which made travel for those going back into St. Mary's County miserable for a time afterward.

The fireworks were the stars of the show, and as the celebratory colors exploded overhead, children squealed and shouted their excitement silutaneously. Young and old were treated to a great show.

As families walked back to their cars, an overly exhuberant gathering of spectators along the main drag through Solomons began singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" in raucus chorus.

A fitting end to a star spangled weekend.

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