SOLOMONS, Md. — A year ago today, a scene like this would have been almost impossible. Family cookouts and local firework shows are the most traditional way to celebrate the nation’s independence. With the end of the pandemic on the horizon, Southern Marylanders were excited to get back to this tradition.

However, earlier this year, the Solomons Business Association announced they did not have enough funds to put on a Fourth of July spectacular. Fortunately, that announcement did not kill the hopes of some local citizens. The first person to take action was Kyle Webber.

“America is the greatest country in the world…and it is crucial we teach our kids just how good we’ve had it, and it starts with simple things like the Fourth of July,” explains Webber. “It really upset me that we weren’t doing Fourth of July, and I thought I could do something about it, so I made some phone calls.”

Webber contacted the Solomons Business Association to find out if there was any possibility the party could still go on, because of all the steps it would take to get approval. It was an emphatic yes from the association.

He then created a GoFundMe called “Save Solomons Fireworks,” which gathered $50,000, including a $12,130 grant from Calvert County.

When asked about how he felt seeing the support for the fundraiser, Webber said it felt like “Christmas morning”.

“It’s a beautiful thing and it’s my heart’s sincerest desire that everybody has a good time,” he added.

The celebration in Solomons looks like how it usually does on the Fourth of July. Food trucks, huge crowds of people, and most importantly, fireworks. It is safe to say this is one of the best ways to enjoy our nation’s independence.

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