Ocean City postpones fireworks in lieu of Arthur

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Ocean City has postponed its fireworks displays from Friday, July 4 to Saturday, July 5 due to Hurricane Arthur.

City officials say the inclement weather that is expected to pass through Ocean City on Thursday will not leave crews enough time to set up the displays, but the shows and related celebrations will remain mostly the same aside from the date change.

At Northside Park, music will begin at 8 p.m. and fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m., but the U.S. Army Drum Downrange and Baylee Morrison will not perform.

On the Boardwalk, in the area of N. Division Street and the beach, Frankie & the Pack will take the new Caroline Stage at 8 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The latest forecast track for Hurricane Arthur hits Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks hard, but it just misses the Delmarva Beaches.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources issued the following statement:

"We have no immediate plans to evacuate campers. We are working with MEMA and county emergency management to monitor the storm as it approaches. We will make those decisions as the storm's track and predicted impact becomes more clear. Right now, based on past storms with similar characteristics, we do not anticipate having to evacuate anyone or close parks. Typically, our first step should substantial winds occur is to limit tent camping."


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