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article imageOp-Ed: 'Celebrate America': A July 4th celebration in Manassas, Va. Special

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By Leigh Goessl     Jul 5, 2012 in Lifestyle
Manassas - Yesterday Manassas, Va. held its annual Independence Day celebration, complete with carnival and fireworks. Thousands of people came out to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities.
Celebrate America kicked off in the late afternoon with rides, live music and concessions.
Some locals have said Manassas' show is one of the best in the area, and I'd never been to this particular show, so decided this year I'd spend the Fourth of July in Old Town Manassas. I'd parked a few blocks away from the museum I'd visited recently and found a great place to watch the show right next to the museum's parking lot.
Many people had arrived early to set up blankets or tents, and some brought picnics to spend the afternoon, awaiting in anticipation the dazzling fireworks.
Many people arrived early for the Fourth of July festivities in Manassas  Va.
Many people arrived early for the Fourth of July festivities in Manassas, Va.
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Some people had arrived early and walked around the rides and concession stands  a few of which had ...
Some people had arrived early and walked around the rides and concession stands, a few of which had opened a little early.
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As it has been for the last week, yesterday's weather was still blazing.
With the scorching temperatures  the water balloon launching game was a popular one.
With the scorching temperatures, the water balloon launching game was a popular one.
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A family enjoys one of the cooling station tents
A family enjoys one of the cooling station tents
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Celebrate America spread out for several blocks with music, dancing, and rides.
Live music took place in the pavilion  the band s name was  Shake It Up
Live music took place in the pavilion, the band's name was 'Shake It Up'
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A couple dancing to the live music
A couple dancing to the live music
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The Red  White and Blue hayride was a popular activity throughout the day.
The Red, White and Blue hayride was a popular activity throughout the day.
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A man works one of the busy concession stands
A man works one of the busy concession stands
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Kids on the bungee jumping ride
Kids on the bungee jumping ride
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As the 9:15 p.m. edged closer everyone began to venture back to their designated viewing spots and awaited the show. For a few moments there, we were thinking another storm was about to blow in, but the drizzling and a brief showing of nature's fireworks quickly passed and the Fourth of July fireworks show went on. As anticipated, it was spectacular.
Fireworks  Manassas  Va. July 4  2012
Fireworks, Manassas, Va. July 4, 2012
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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