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The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 80 and a low around 65. Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon.

For your Independence Day, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 80 and a low of 66. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 5 and 9pm. Fingers crossed the fireworks will happen in McHenry — if not, the rain date is July 5.

Thanks to @kofishski on Instagram for this great shot from a kayak on Deep Creek Lake.

kofishski watching the sun rise through the fogg by kayak

Is everyone is on “holiday-time” or is it just me?

According to AccuWeather Global Weather Center, today will be the busiest travel day for the July 4th holiday. But, notes, if you’re heading back to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, they say the worst time to travel in the city will be between 10:30am – 12:30pm.

This morning, the Farmer’s Market begins at 10:00am. This week we should see the first sweet corn and tomatoes.

Stage Wisp Kickoff Double-Header with Hillbilly Gypsies tonight — it’s a double-header on the 3rd & 4th of July beginning at 6pm. Check out the Farmers/Silly/Art Market before the show and bring your lawn chairs and a blanket.

If you’re on the Southern-end of the county, the Broadford Park Fireworks are tonight at dusk! Admission is $3 per person, children 8 and under $1. The Community Concert Band and an octet of singers from the Choral Society will be performing at Pavilion #1.

Check out the July Cover Story feature on downtown Oakland.

Looking for something low-key – out of the rain – and accessible for everyone? Try the local barn quilt tour — celebrating our farms, barns, & quilting culture in our beautiful Appalachian mountains.

The high school robotics team, Team 1629 Garrett Coalition – GaCo, is in need of CLEAN empty plastic bottles (without caps) 16oz-2 liters for rocket launching demonstrations on July 4th. Will you drop off your bottles at Wayne’s Water ‘N Wells (19139 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550) from 8am-5pm?