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Colonial Beach ready for a sparkling 4th of July

Colonial Beach will be celebrating the nation's 237th birthday on the 4th of July with a number of public activities culminating in a crowd pleasing, sparkling fireworks show along the Potomac River.

The fireworks, which will begin at 9 p.m. and last for almost 45 minutes, are a popular annual event that draws thousands of residents and visitors to the riverfront community each year.

Visitors come to Colonial Beach from Washington, Maryland, North Carolina and from across the Old Dominion as well as other areas to enjoy the beach community and its glittering 4th of July fireworks display.

Whether watching from a boat on the Potomac River just offshore, sitting on the beach on a blanket or viewing from the outdoor deck of a nearby restaurant, past audiences have labeled the 4th of July event absolutely spectacular.

In addition to the fireworks, other planned Colonial Beach activities include a day long fundraiser by the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, a 4th of July Golf Cart Parade, a bazaar, yard sale and raffle sponsored by St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church and vendor booths and concession stands along the Colonial Beach boardwalk.

Real estate tax increase defeated

Colonial Beach Town Council held a special meeting on June 27 to vote on advertised tax increases and the town’s budget for fiscal year 2013-14.

In the advertisement, the council proposed raising real estate taxes from $0.58 to $0.63 per $100 of value.

Read more: Real estate tax increase defeated

Beach denied grant

Despite Governor McDonnell announcing more than $6.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funding, Colonial Beach’s application was denied for the second year in a row.

But the last two years of planning have left a significant number of volunteers determined to move forward

Read more: Beach denied grant

Blues Fest at High Tides brings thousands to the beach

Several thousand blues fans enjoyed a rocking weekend featuring the legendary Bobby Messano, The Nighthawks and more than a dozen other blues performers in a three-day concert at High Tides on the Potomac.

Read more: Blues Fest at High Tides brings thousands to the beach

Baker pleads ‘No Contest’ to brutal Beach Gate murder

A Maryland man has entered a plea of no contest to a charge of First Degree Murder in connection to the brutal slaying of a woman at the Beach Gate Motel in Colonial Beach on Oct. 3, 2012.

Elizabeth “Niecey” Thompson was beaten, stabbed 46 times and left lying in her nightgown in a pool of blood in the motel parking lot. Pleading no contest to the crime was William Baker, 49, of Indian Head, Md.,

Read more: Baker pleads ‘No Contest’ to brutal Beach Gate murder

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