Waldorf, MD – Sometimes the grace God sheds on us comes in the form of rain. That was truly evident Independence Day 2016. On Monday, July 4, the annual event “Celebrate Charles” was held at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.

One of Charles County’s most rapidly growing neighborhoods includes a new high school and of course, the ballpark, which opened in May 2008. Prior to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game against the visiting Somerset Patriots, the celebration began in the field outside the stadium on the third base side. Despite the off-and-on rain, the Family Fun Zone was open with a variety of rides and other challenging activities.

The reggae band the DubCity Renegades played while attendees enjoyed the rides and purchased food from several vendors.

Inside the stadium, the Blue Crabs and Patriots were set to start at 7:05 p.m. However, the first rain delay occurred, pushing the start time back 30 minutes. A second delay occurred as rain began falling during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner.

Arguably the hardest working team on the field was neither the Blue Crabs nor Patriots, but rather the group of young men and women who worked rapidly to put the tarp on the infield when heavens opened up and then wrapping the covering up when the rains abated.

Sometime around 9:30 p.m. another intermission—this one welcomed and highly anticipated—occurred as spectators inside and outside the park enjoyed a 17-minute fireworks show.

The Blue Crabs had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Zach Wilson home run, however, the Patriots tied the game almost immediately at the conclusion of the fireworks show and the visitors went on to win 3-1.

The Blue Crabs will continue their home stand through Sunday, July 10, just prior to the all-star break.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com