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There was plenty of room this year while waiting for the Town of Chesapeake Beach's annual fireworks show.

Chesapeake Beach, MD - While the usual crowd numbers may have been down, the annual fireworks show sponsored by the Town of Chesapeake Beach Saturday, June 30 still drew a lot of attention. Despite temperatures in the low 90s most of the day, most town residents and visitors were content to bask in the hot sun while they awaited dusk and the start of the fireworks over the bay.

At Veterans’ Memorial Park, the U.S. Army’s country-bluegrass troupe, Six-String Soldiers, performed a free concert. The Fort Meade-based group has performed with several well-known artists, including John Fogarty and Harry Connick Jr. One of its members—fiddler Renee Bennett—is from Calvert County.

The town’s largest gathering venue—Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa—wasn’t as crowded as it traditionally is on fireworks night prior to Independence Day. Entertainment director Murphy Smilardo estimated about one-third of the typical crowd was on hand for the show. In prior years, the town has scheduled the fireworks for July 3. This year town officials scheduled the sky show for June 30 and designated July 3 as the rain date.

The fireworks were shot from two barges out in the bay.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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