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A fast moving twister was among the Fourth of July amusement rides on hand in Baumholder.

A fast moving twister was among the Fourth of July amusement rides on hand in Baumholder. (John Vandiver / S&S)

A fast moving twister was among the Fourth of July amusement rides on hand in Baumholder.

A fast moving twister was among the Fourth of July amusement rides on hand in Baumholder. (John Vandiver / S&S)

Danika Harmon, 4, rides the carousel at July Fourth festival grounds in Baumholder.

Danika Harmon, 4, rides the carousel at July Fourth festival grounds in Baumholder. (John Vandiver / S&S)

Inside, away from the rain, children painted pictures and learned about various arts and crafts during Independence Day festivities in Baumholder.

Inside, away from the rain, children painted pictures and learned about various arts and crafts during Independence Day festivities in Baumholder. (John Vandiver / S&S)

BAUMHOLDER, Germany — For Sgt. Jamal Davis, the Fourth of July used to be just about the barbecue and hanging out with family and friends.

Now there’s something more, said Davis, 24, who is with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

“It’s real significant to me now. Since I’ve been downrange a couple times, there’s more meaning to it. I have more of a sense of patriotism. There’s a symbolism to it now,” he said as he enjoyed the festivities Wednesday at the U.S. Army Garrison here.

“I just wish the weather would cooperate,” Davis added.

It’s often said you can experience all four seasons in a single day in Baumholder. And that was pretty much the situation as determined military families celebrated Independence Day under an ever-changing sky of sunshine and rain showers.

As Davis, talking to a friend, noted: “Yeah, it’s sunny now. But just wait five minutes.”

Nicole Harmon and daughter, Danika, 4, whisked from one ride to another, cramming in the fun between the sporadic showers. It was the Harmon family’s third Fourth of July in Baumholder.

“It’s a lot of fun. Of course, the weather could be better,” said Harmon, echoing the sentiments of many.

The Hall of Champions parking lot was transformed into a mini-fairground. Revelers traded in tickets for rides aboard carousels, kiddie trains and twisters. The scent of burgers, ribs and brats and the sounds of live music filled the air while children amused themselves with arts and crafts, relays and games. Fireworks were scheduled to go off at 10:30 p.m.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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