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July 01, 1999|By Karin Remesch

'Salute to Independence'

Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and music director Elizabeth Schulze for the 14th Annual Salute to Independence on Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Patriotic music includes John Williams' "Star Wars Medley" and Gould's "American Salute." The Maryland Army National Guard, B Battalion, provides cannon fire during Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." The concert concludes with fireworks to Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

A military fly-over precedes the concert. Arrive early, bring a picnic, and tour the battlefield.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Antietam National Battlefield is on Route 65, about 10 miles south of Hagerstown. Admission is free. Call 301-797-4000 or the battlefield, 301-432-5124.

Fourth in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Fourth of July bash started last week and continues through Sunday. The theme of this year's Sunoco Welcome America! celebration is "History of Our Independence."

In addition to numerous activities, Philadelphia plays host to 100 Americans born on July 4 -- one born each year from 1900 to 1999. Movies that were produced in Philadelphia will be screened free in the evenings at outdoor locations where they were filmed. Also, take a walk back 100 years and celebrate July 4, 1899, in Rittenhouse Square park.

Descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence tap the Liberty Bell during "Let Freedom Ring" at 2 p.m. Sunday, beginning a nationwide bell-ringing. Floats, balloons, performing groups, marching bands and drill teams parade on Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval on Sunday. And the Liberty Concert with fireworks is also scheduled for Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For a complete list of activities and times, call 215-636-1666 or 800-770-5883. Web site: www.americasbirthday.com Pub Date: 07/01/99

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