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Baltimore celebrates July Fourth with fireworks; Cherry Hill hosts festival

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It's a sight that hasn't been seen at the Inner Harbor on the Fourth of July since the before the pandemic as thousands converged in downtown Baltimore for fireworks.

The celebration started Monday around 4 p.m. and ended after the fireworks around 10 p.m. to the delight of many.

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"I'm super happy. It's very humbling to be able to see so many people from other cities and to be able to enjoy live music and entertainment, so it's great," said Paola Varjas, of Baltimore. "Having this opportunity to celebrate here feels really good. Seeing so many bands, music and activities bring us back as a community is actually very joyful."

Before the fireworks show, people got to enjoy a performance from the U.S. Navy Band Commodores and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, along with street performers and beautiful holiday weather with friends and family.

"It's good to have something good in the community for once. It's great to bring people together for a good cause, so I think it means a lot," said Kay Jones, of Hunt Valley.

Jones said it feels good to bring everyone together, but they are still keeping their eyes open and being mindful of the times.

"We're definitely more vigilant, and social distancing six feet apart," Jones said.

Others came to see the fireworks after attending Monday afternoon's Orioles game.

"I haven't been to the harbor in a couple of years because of COVID, so it's nice to finally be back for the fourth of July," a fan said.

As the nation's birthday is celebrated, and the country continues to navigate this new normal together, people who attended hope more events like this can be held to the city and country together for a good cause.

"I'd say Baltimore is a big event city. They held a light festival a few years ago, and that brought in a lot of tourists, so it's good for Baltimore to start having a lot more events like this again," another fan said.


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"It brings all the people around, it also boosts the morale, and we need it as a community. We need it for Baltimore," Varjas said.

Cherry Hill hosts arts and music festival

Also Monday, there's another July Fourth celebration. Antionette Allen and her family said they feel very much at home at the Cherry Hill Arts and Music Waterfront Festival at Middle Branch Park.

"It's called home," Allen said. "It's nice, it's very nice. I hear someone singing, but just hearing the music and watching the people gather (is nice)."

For two years, no in-person gatherings were allowed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival in Cherry Hill was held virtually because of the pandemic. Passion McCollough said it's wonderful to get out again.

"I think it's great out here. They got lots of food, and I like to eat. I'm happy and I like to dance, so, hey, I'm excited," McCollough said.

Private security officers and Cherry Hill Safe Streets workers are on duty as well as Baltimore City sheriff's deputies. The festival is also on the Baltimore Police Department's Fourth of July detail.

"It's a very safe place on the water with wonderful energy. Water is very healing, and nature is healing. It's wonderful to be out here in nature with each other, the family environment. We're praying it's family-centric, culturally relevant and a wonderful time for the whole family," said Nevasha Dare, a co-director of the festival in Cherry Hill.

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