In his weekly update, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian announced the return of three popular summer events that were cancelled last year because of Covid-19 concerns.

Ocean City is moving forward with plans for summer events as the recovery from the pandemic progresses.

The CDC and the governor continue to relax restrictions, and in calls with local medical officials, I’m told that the risk of outdoor transmission remains low, while the number of people who are fully vaccinated climbs.

 

Our Community Services Department and our Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce are working to bring back all the traditional events we love and will release more detail as plans take shape. But I want to let you know now that we are planning to have a fireworks display on Sunday, July 4, our Night in Venice celebration on Saturday, July 24, and our 111th annual Baby Parade on Thursday, Aug. 12.

The 66th annual Night in Venice, scheduled for Saturday, July 24th, is what the city calls its premiere event of the summer. Night in Venice draws thousands of spectators to watch the boat parade and a decorated home contest and many others who attend private parties at homes along the bay.

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The 111th Annual Ocean City Baby Parade, one of the oldest baby parades in the country is scheduled for August 12. The annual tradition gives a chance for parents to show off their little cuties cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons, and floats.

The 4th of July fireworks are one of my personal favorites. I like standing on the beach in Margate and watching the the Margate fireworks close-up, while seeing the Ocean City fireworks down the beach to the south and the Atlantic City fireworks to the north, all at the same time.

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