MARYLAND — Everything is topsy turvy this year because of the coronavirus pandemic — and the Fourth of July is no exception. Independence Day celebrations aren't quite what they were in years past, with parades and fireworks shows canceled in some Maryland communities.
This year, 4th of July falls on Saturday, but some celebrations were scheduled for July 3. The IronBirds are still hosting fireworks in Harford County, a few western Maryland towns will have displays, and Baltimore's Fort McHenry will see a military flyover.
As of Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service was predicting a daytime high of 91 degrees on July 4 and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. This week will also be a hot one, with the heat index potentially exceeding 100 degrees.
Scroll down to see which towns are having fireworks as usual this 4th of July or July 3 and which have called it off. If you do go see fireworks, authorities ask you to practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering.
Where To Find Public Displays
If you're spending the holiday weekend at the Eastern Shore, Ocean City is not having a fireworks display on July 4. But the resort city does have a fireworks show every Thursday night at 10:30 this summer, through Sept. 3.
A few towns in western Maryland are still holding fireworks shows, and some museums are offering virtual history programs, pet parades and other celebrations. Find details on the Maryland Office of Tourism's website.
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If you want to DIY your own Independence Day fireworks display, be sure to check the law. In Maryland, most fireworks — including bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles, fire balloons, and signal lights — are illegal.
Only gold-labeled sparklers, novelty items — such as party poppers, snap pops, and snakes — and ground-based sparkler devices are allowed in Maryland, says the state fire marshal's office.
Fireworks are prohibited in Baltimore City, Montgomery, Prince George's, Harford, and Howard counties, as well as Ocean City, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.