There was traffic gridlock in downtown Havre de Grace, a parade with lots and lots of fire engines, a ho-hum fireworks display, but about the best report coming from the city’s 2008 Independence Day Celebration is that there was little in the way of the violence that has marred the event in year’s past.
Read on as Dagger Man-On-The-Street RichieC documents Saturday’s Independence Day Celebration from his bird’s eye view of Havre de Grace:
Another 4th has come and gone. Luckily it was a safe and sane one with only a few minor incidents over the week of festivities and just a hint of hooliganism in the form of a few gang chants and signs. All in all it was a good time for all. People I’ve spoken to have rated the parade at a par with previous years and the final show as pretty good.
The volunteer personnel I met and spoke with were of good spirits and polite. Community members and homeowners along Chesapeake Avenue were also happy in that there was no parking whatsoever in their area. There didn’t seem to be an air of tension in any way whatsoever.
The criticism of a few years ago has seemed to get the point across that proper planning and execution is paramount to enjoyment for all. Even the garbage Dumpsters were empty in the Tydings Park at 6 a.m.
What more can be said except that good is good…just check the face’s of the kids on the rides and listen to the yells of joy at the fireworks in the video.
In the words of RichieC, who knows a thing or two about how bad things can get in downtown Havre de Grace:
“The Fourth was basically uneventful and safe…thank God for small favors.”
Fireworks Finale at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace on Saturday evening.
State Delegate B. Dan Riley is pulled down the parade route.
The flags are marched through Havre de Grace.
Kids and photographers alike having a good time at Havre de Grace’s Independence Day carnival.
Thanks and credit go to RichieC for the photos and videography.