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Baltimore-area Independence Day celebrations survive weather, safety concerns

Baltimore-area Independence Day celebrations survive weather, safety concerns

Under cloudy skies Saturday evening, Baltimore's Inner Harbor was teeming with visitors along water that was being crisscrossed by paddle boats, a pirate ship, water taxis and cruise vessels before the Fourth of July fireworks show. Police officers traveling in pairs and a police helicopter circling overhead eased any worries the nine members of the Greer family — all in matching American flag T-shirts — had in the hours before their first Independence Day celebration in Baltimore. "We had family members warn us of the problems," said Aaron Greer, who recently moved to Severn with his wife, Marissa, and their three daughters. "We decided to come anyway....

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