The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777 and fireworks were a part of the revels marking America's independence. American's have been infused with pride in our nation and a spirit of confident celebration ever since the American Revolution. 

On July 4th, 1776, a handful of men embraced a set of ideals and the promise of a nation that might one day, be based on ideals of justice, freedom, and courage. Our late ancestors launched rockets, danced with torches of fire, and shot their guns up towards the sky. American's fascination with noise and color of these 'fire works' grew stronger with every celebration had.

"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."

Those are the famous lyrics from the Star-Spangled Banner.  In keeping with American tradition, rocket's will send red glares across the Eastern Shore this week… all in honor of Independence Day.

Check out the list below for firework show locations. Because Independence Day falls directly in the middle of the week this year, some towns and businesses have scheduled their fireworks shows on days other than July 4th. Check the list below for locations, times, and details.

Fireworks across the shore:

Ocean City, MD Fri. June 29 9 pm Seacrets (49th Steet, bayside) Fireworks start at dark (9 or 9:30 pm). Children are permitted in dining areas. Must be 21+ to drink.
Snow Hill, MD Sat. June 30 6 – 10 pm Sturgis Park (River Street)

Event kicks off with a children's parade; free to enter and open to all. US Naval Band will perform. Fireworks over the Pocomoke River.

West Ocean City, MD Sat. June 30 10:30pm Ocean Downs Casino (Route 589) Fireworks begin after the last chariot horse race of the evening.
Lewes, DE Tues. July 3 9 pm Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal Fireworks will illuminate the skies above the Delaware Bay.
Ocean City, MD Wed. July 4 9:30 pm NorthsidePark (127th Street, bayside) Fireworks launched from park dock can be seen across bayside North Ocean City. Visible from 91st Street – 146th Street.
Ocean City, MD Wed. July 4 8 – 10 pm On the beach (Division Street) Enjoy a free concert at 8 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 pm.
Bethany Beach, DE Wed. July 4 9 pm On the Beach (Boardwalk) Patriotic parade starts at noon. Day full of events ends with fireworks at dusk.
Rehoboth Beach, DE Wed. July 4 9:15 pm Boardwalk Fireworks show along the beach and boardwalk.

Happy Independence Day!