NH goes Fourth in style
Gabrielle Giffords, formerly served in the United States House of Representatives, and her husband Mark Kelly, walk off the field after making the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on the Fourth of July. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
"It's big time, it's appreciation for what we've got," said Mark Orshak of Manchester, clad in a colonial-styled shirt depicting the American flag. "I think it's celebrated more and more since 9/11 and what happened in Boston kind of spurs it now."
Ashley and Oscar Castro brought their three children, Cameron, 9, Caden, 6, and Colby, 1, each clad in patriotic-colored rugby-style shirts.
Tradition was also behind the shirt celebrating the American flag worn by Amelia Szelog, 18, of Manchester.
Another 30 communities capped off Independence Day with fireworks Thursday.
Town officials promise "a very special fireworks show" to celebrate the town's recovery from the flooding.
"It doesn't change, it doesn't matter if we're in the middle of a conflict or in the most peaceful time, it's still the same," said Mike Rice of Nashua, who retired after 40 years service with the New Hampshire Army National Guard.
"I love how everyone comes together, to see the fireworks and hang out together" Jernigan said."
In Manchester, many have made the annual fireworks show a family tradition, first at Derryfield Park for years before the show moved to Arms Park in 1985."It is a long-standing tradition; my brother and I grew up in a house where the Fourth of July is celebrated," said Cathie Orshak of Manchester. "You just wouldn't be anywhere else but here."
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