Cobb Is­land also has fire­works to en­joy

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle in Mary­land In­de­pen­dent July 1, edi­tion. “Where to find fire­works and fun this July 4th,” by An­drew Richard­son, four county fire­works dis­play lo­ca­tions were listed in the ar­ti­cle but they did not in­clude Cobb Is­land, which def­i­nitely has the fire­works and fun.

Whereas the four lo­ca­tions listed only have fire­works on July 4, Cobb Is­land has dis­plays ev­ery year start­ing on or about July 1 or 2 and con­tin­u­ing through July 4 or 5.

Th­ese dis­plays in­clude the very loud and col­or­ful Ro­man candles, bot­tle rock­ets, sky rock­ets, he­li­copter-type rock­ets, and fire­works shot from mor­tar tubes. They usu­ally start af­ter 6 p.m. and con­tinue un­til al­most mid­night (du­ra­tion varies each night) which gives you time to visit some of the nu­mer­ous restau­rants and pubs for din­ner and drinks, or just en­joy the wa­ter view. Th­ese fire­works are dis­charged from many dif­fer­ent houses, boats and piers so that you have a choice of view­ing lo­ca­tions. Or, you can bring your own fire­works and find an ac­cept­able lo­ca­tion in the area from which to dis­charge them. One ad­van­tage of th­ese in­di­vid­ual dis­plays is that you can per­son­ally get close to them, ei­ther walk­ing or driv­ing, whereas you can’t at the other four lo­ca­tions. You can also bring your own fire­works and find a suitable lo­ca­tion in the area from which to have your own dis­play.

How­ever, as with all other county fire­works dis­plays, in­clud­ing the ones at Cobb Is­land, you will need a per­mit from the Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal, which costs $50; an op­er­a­tor’s li­cense (three year per­mit) which costs $150; and li­a­bil­ity in­surance (http://mdsp.org/ fire­mar­shal). So it would be cheaper to just en­joy the other dis­plays and not have to buy your own permits. (Note: In ad­di­tion to the July 4 dis­plays at Cobb Is­land, there are others oc­cur­ring in the same area on Memo­rial Day week­end and New Year’s Eve, which you can also at­tend.)

Judy Caswell, Cobb Is­land

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