4th of July Trivia from Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City Fireworks

July 4th weekend is always one of the most exciting times to be at the beach! That makes this holiday the perfect time for a long, relaxing day of fun and frolic, topped off by a night of fireworks to commemorate the rocket’s red glare back when our forefathers were fighting for their independence.

In the spirit of the day, I did a little checking about the history of Independence Day.  Guess what?  They didn’t tell us the whole story in grade school!  In case you’re interested, read on to find out what I discovered:

  •  The original resolution (to cut the apron strings from Mother Britain) was introduced to the Continental Congress on June 17, 1776. The Declaration of Independence
  •  Then Thomas Jefferson and a willing committee put their heads together to polish up a formal writing for the grand announcement.
  •  The actual resolution was approved on July 2 but the Declaration of Independence (a separate document) was adopted on July 4, 1776.
  •  It took days, weeks, and in one case, years before all the signatures on the Declaration were in place.  Thomas McKean didn’t get his signature on the page until 1781!
  •  Exactly one year after the Declaration was approved, Philadelphia held a huge birthday party for the infant republic.  But the first official (by legislative act) celebration was held in 1781 in Massachusetts.

Happy 4th of July 2014 Wishing everyone and a safe and happy Fourth of July!  I hope that you have time to draw close to family and friends and to reflect on the rich meaning of this special time of year.

Eat, drink, and be merry!  Independence is worth celebrating! 



Join the Ocean Pines community for a special fireworks display sponsored by the Ocean Pines Association.

The fireworks display will begin shortly after dark. Recommended viewing locations are Showell Elementary School, the Community Church at Ocean Pines, Most Blessed Sacrament School and The Pavillions. Please note that there will be no parking available at St. John Neumann church this year.

Rain date – Sunday, July 6. There will be “NO PARKING” on Beauchamp Road.


8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125


8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.


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