To become Laurel’s fireworks chairman, Kronmeyer had to receive training from a fireworks company licensed in the state of Maryland, do five shoots and take a test to become a licensed shooter. His license must be renewed every four years. While some of his volunteers also are licensed shooters, Kronmeyer must supervise those who are not.
“We’ve done it so many years in a row,” Kronmeyer said, of his crew. “Everybody knows what needs to be done and gets it done.”
About 50,000 people enjoy the 45-minute display, according to Careen Koubek, chairwoman of the 4th of July Celebration Committee.
“It’s not just filled; it’s standing room only,” Koubek said. “People line up at the shopping center and fill the tables at different restaurants. It’s a big to-do.”
The show costs about $35,000, according to Koubek. Add in the costs for entertainment, security, portable toilets and other expenses and the cost for the one-day celebration totals between $40,000 to $50,000.
Next year’s event should be even more special, Koubek said, as the city of Laurel will also be celebrating 150 years.
“There will be a whole bunch of stuff going on for that and the Fourth of July committee will be right in the middle of it,” Koubek said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what we can do to bring something new to the event.”
For this year’s 41st celebration, all the traditions the community expects will take place with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. and featuring members of American Legion Post 60 as its grand marshal. An antique car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Granville Gude Park on Mulberry Street.
Laurel’s Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, July 6, beginning at 11 a.m. with a parade followed by a variety of events throughout the day and ending with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Granville Gude Park, Mulberry Street. For a complete schedule of events go to laurel4th,org.