With showers in the forecast on the Fourth of July, Ocean City has postponed its fireworks display until July 5.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the wet weather in the forecast would make it "logistically challenging" to set up fireworks for Friday night, according to the
National Weather Service forecast predicted heavy rain and wind would sweep the Eastern Shore Thursday night and Friday morning.
Tropical Storm Arthur, currently off the coast of Florida, was forecast to hit Cape Hatteras, NC, before 6 a.m. on Friday, according to
USA Today, which reported evacuation orders were being issued in parts of North Carolina.
Although the storm was anticipated to head east and miss Maryland, the rain that may come with it prompted the change in plans, according to the Ocean City mayor.
"We are expecting some wet weather on Thursday night and into Friday morning, which makes it nearly impossible to set up the fireworks show on the beach in enough time for Friday night," Meehan
wrote on his blog. "Alternatively, the weather over the weekend looks beautiful so Saturday is the safest choice."
The fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in two locations in Ocean City—on the beach at North Division Street and oceanside at Northside Park on 125th Street. There will be a
free concert at 8 p.m.
See a list of fireworks shows across Maryland.