While the coronavirus pandemic caused many Baltimore-area localities to cancel their Fourth of July fireworks displays last year, many are bringing back their traditional events this year.
Here’s what we know so far:
Baltimore City canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show again due to the pandemic. The New Year’s Eve fireworks are still on at the Inner Harbor. The city doesn’t want to put people at risk of catching the virus, Drew Sawyer, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts’ CEO, told the The Sun in early May, adding it will “figure out a way to bring that excitement back.”.
Baltimore County officials are still finalizing their Fourth of July celebration plans, said Sean Naron, a spokesman for the county. Previously, the county — which canceled its fireworks show last year due to the pandemic — has held Fourth of July celebrations at Oregon Ridge Park in partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
The Catonsville 4th of July Committee has tentatively scheduled fireworks for July 3, as long as the committee can get all of the permits certified. The Fourth of July parade will be held rain or shine, starting from Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue at 3 p.m. July 3. A Family Fun Fest is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Catonsville High School, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. In the event of precipitation, fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Dundalk’s fireworks are scheduled to 9:15 p.m. on July 5 centered around Grange Elementary School at 2000 Church Road. The presentation is part of the Dundalk Heritage Fair, which will be held July 2-4 with the traditional parade on July 3.
Anne Arundel County
In Annapolis, a parade is set for 10:30 a.m. July 3. The parade will take place throughout the downtown area starting on Amos Garrett Boulevard, according to the office of the mayor, Gavin Buckley. Its fireworks show is set for 9 p.m. July 4 at the city dock, according to the city’s website.
“This will be a citywide ‘thank you’ to those who helped us get through it: health care workers, public safety, grocery, pharmacy and hardware store workers, as well as city staff,” Buckley said in a statement in April. “I can’t wait to thank them personally and celebrate the hard work it took to get through this.”
The county’s Fourth of July fireworks show is back. The event — which thousands of people take part in each year — will start at 6 p.m. at Carroll County Farm Museum at 500 S Center St, Westminster. But the fireworks won’t go off until 9:30 p.m., according to the Carroll County Farm Museum.
Ocean City in Worcester County will host two fireworks shows. Both will start at 9:30 p.m. — one on the downtown beach at North Division Street, and another at uptown at Northside Park, according to the city’s website.
Organized by the Avalon Foundation, a fireworks show will go off starting at 9:30 p.m. and will last 23 minutes in the town of Easton in Talbot County. People can watch the show from Marlboro and St. Michaels Roads., according to Visit Maryland.
Organized by the Bel Air Independence Committee, Inc., plans are to host a July 4 celebration in Bel Air with a parade starting at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m., according to the committee. Other events taking place throughout the day include flag raising ceremonies, horseshoe pitching and tours of Hays House, billed as Bel Air’s oldest house.
“We had to cancel all July 4 activities for 2020 to protect our community, so we are pleased and hopeful that we can return to normal celebrations this year, and we are currently working toward that, in consultation with town, county and state officials,” Don Stewart, committee president, said in a statement.
The traditional Fourth of July celebration will be back at the Columbia Lakefront at 10221 Wincopin Circle. The fireworks will go off about 9:30 p.m. This year’s event won’t have other entertainment, such as live music and food trucks, The Sun previously reported.