The Bay’s hotspots for fireworks in 2022

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With the 4th of July upon us, nearly all pre-pandemic celebrations are resuming after two years of cancellations and uncertainty. Baltimore, for example, is hosting its first big fireworks display since 2019.

Of course, there are exceptions: Chestertown, Md., a 4th of July favorite for decades, won’t have fireworks this time around. They canceled their 2019 show due to budget cuts, before the pandemic loomed on the horizon, and did not bring the show back, opting for fireworks on other weekends of the year .

Ocean City had to cancel its 2021 fireworks display due to an accidental discharge while setting the explosives, as bay bulletin reported. This year there will be no fireworks on the fourth for a different reason. The company hired by the seaside town is facing a shortage of staff. Instead of shows in both town and downtown on the 4th, Ocean City announced that fireworks would go off on July 3 at the north end of town and July 5 down town.

“You know what they say when things don’t go to plan,” says City Manager Terry McGean. “You make a new plan, which is exactly what we did.”

In Middle River, the Baltimore County Marine Trades Association is working until the last minute to raise money for their show. Local restaurants are holding fundraisers this week, including Carsons Creekside (Wednesday, June 29) and Sunset Cove (Thursday, June 30). Raffle tickets are also on sale; E-mail [email protected]

Unpredictability aside, fireworks (especially those viewed from a boat) are a centuries-old Chesapeake tradition. Here’s the lineup for the main screens from all corners of the bay.

Maryland

Northeast, July 3. The 30th Cecil County Veterans Tribute Fireworks Show will take place at North East Town Park in the northeast. Military personnel, equipment and vehicles will be on hand, as well as face painting and a rubber duck race. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m., with a “secret special event” starting at 8 p.m.

Middle RiverJuly 2nd. Sponsored by the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County (MTABC), this display is in its 26th year.

Baltimore4th July. Along the Inner Harbor promenade, events begin at 3:30 p.m. and include live music, an oral presentation of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? by Frederick Douglass, a performance by the BSO orchestra and finally fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

rock room, July 3. Starting at 9:15 p.m., the Town of Rock Hall promises a full 30-minute show. The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company is appealing for donations: rockhallvfc.org

Saint Michel, July 2 (rain date, July 3). Bring your lawn chairs and find a good spot in town. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will be open to the public. Or come by boat and drop anchor in the Miles River. The twilight display follows CBMM’s Big Band party with The Shades of Blue Orchestra. The orchestra starts at 7 p.m.

Crisfield, July 2nd. Watch the fireworks at 9 p.m. as part of the Stars and Stripes Fest celebrating Crisfield’s 150th anniversary. Starting at 4 p.m., it also includes food, live music, historical demos, and bonito on display.

Harbour Grace4th July. At Concord Point Park, patriotic music will be performed by the Maryland Military Band beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are fired from a barge directly in front of this location, starting around 9:30 p.m.

Annapolis, 4th July. The celebration begins with a parade at 6:30 p.m. on Amos Garrett Boulevard, continuing along West Street, around Church Circle and on Main Street. After the parade at 8 p.m., the United States Naval Academy Band will perform patriotic music followed by Blues & Gold at Annapolis City Dock. The fireworks will begin at around 9.15pm. The best public places to watch are northeast of the River Severn, City Dock, along the Naval Academy Bridge (limited parking area), one of street end parks facing Spa Creek, and board a boat in Annapolis Harbor.

Kent Island, 4th July. The family fireworks celebration takes place at 9:15 p.m. at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center in Chester, Maryland. There is a free shuttle from the outlet car park in Queenstown. Before the fireworks, Queen Anne County offers free face painting, balloon twists and bouncy houses for kids starting at 6 p.m.

Solomon, 4th July. The Solomons Business Association (SBA) hosts a patriotic day, live music performances, historical readings, an American History-themed interactive scavenger hunt for children, and a flyover. The fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. from a barge located 800 feet from shore. Watch from the Solomons boardwalk or by boat. The community raised funds on the Save Solomon’s Fireworks Facebook page, but a week later they were still well short of their goal.

Eston, July 4 (rain date July 5). Enjoy the rides, carnival food, music and fireworks. The Easton Carnival takes place at the corner of MD Route 33 (St. Michael’s Road) and MD Route 322 (Easton Parkway) beginning at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at dusk, around 9 p.m.

Cambridge, 4th July. A fireworks display over the Choptank River at dusk (usually a little after 9 p.m.). The best vantage points include Great Marsh Park near Somerset Avenue and Hambrooks Boulevard and Long Wharf Park near High and Water streets.

OceanCityJuly 3 and 5. The usual 4 concurrent displays are split into a condensed show on July 3 in Northside Park, starting at 9 p.m. after a live concert, and a larger display on July 5 with more live music at the Caroline Street Stage and a “unique fireworks show” with “non-traditional surprises” starting at 9:30 p.m., best enjoyed from the beach between the Amusement Pier and 3rd Street, depending on the city.

Virginia

Urban, July, 1st. Things start at Urbanna Town Marina in Upton’s Point with a DJ. A boat parade begins at 6 p.m. with a competition for the most beautiful boat decorations. The fireworks over Urbanna Creek go off at 9 p.m. Watch from land or anchor.

Chesapeake CityJuly 3. Celebrate America’s birthday with patriotic bands producing soulful patriotic sounds, with fireworks starting around 9:30 p.m.

Norfolk, 4th July. The Great American Picnic & Fireworks at Town Point Park begins at 5 p.m. with an all-American barbecue of hot dogs, burgers, seafood, cotton candy, and more. with military bands for entertainment. The fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. over the Elizabeth River.

Portsmouth, 4th July. The fireworks start around 9.30pm and the best view is at the north end of Olde Towne. A Beach Music party begins the evening at 5 p.m., then at 8 p.m., patriotic music at High Street Landing ushers in the fireworks display.

Virginia Beach, 4th July. Two different fireworks on July 4! The Stars and Stripes celebration features live music on multiple oceanfront stages beginning at 7 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 4th of July Celebration at Mount Trashmore features a fireworks display that also begins at 9:30 a.m.

Suffolk, 4th July. The Stars and Stripes Spectacular features fireworks over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina. The show will begin at 9:00 p.m., with bands and fun before. There will be free shuttles from the First Baptist Church, Godwin Courts and Suffolk Municipal Building car parks from 5.15am.

Historic Williamsburg, 4th July. A fireworks display will be fired at 9:30 p.m. at the Governor’s Palace and will last approximately 20 minutes. The best spots for viewing are Palace Green, Market Square, and the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum Lawn on the east side. There is a full day of patriotic colonial events leading up to the show.

Yorktown4th July. Evening activities include a ringing ceremony, jazz concert, and an incredible fireworks display over the York River that goes off at 9:15 p.m.

washington d.c.

national mall, 4th July. The 17-minute display is one of the largest in the country. Fireworks will begin at 9:09 p.m. and will launch from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The day’s festivities begin at 11:45 a.m. with a parade of marching bands, floats, balloons, celebrities and more from 7e at 17e Street.

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