Havre de Grace's new Independence Day Commission had a high standard to meet for its first year of coordinating the community's annual holiday festivities — especially with two new events and no carnival — but they pulled it off, based on reactions of longtime and new visitors Sunday.
"I would definitely come back next year," Stephanie Merson, of Port Deposit, said as she held her 4-year-old son, Hunter.
They stood a short distance from where The Amish Outlaws were rocking out before a cheering and dancing crowd under a tent at Hutchins Park.
This year was the first Merson attended any Independence Day festivities in Havre de Grace. Nor has she seen the Amish...