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Fireworks on July 4th light up the Baltimore skyline again – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Inner Harbor once again lit up with fireworks and fun on Independence Day after two years.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore have teamed up to bring the celebration back bigger and better than ever. Several city institutions also took part.

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The Baltimore Orioles, American Visionary Arts Museum, National Aquarium and proud media partner WJZ were part of the event, bringing thousands to the heart of the city.

The day got off to a furry, feathery start at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Pet Parade and Talent Show, where dozens of costumed pets gathered in what can only be described as cuteness overload.

Then off to Oriole Park, where fans watched as the O’s defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 in a game that turned late.

The rest of the day was filled with music, food and joy in the heart of the city, the Inner Harbor.

The Navy Band Commodores played at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater in the afternoon while visitors picnicked at West Shore Park, where food trucks were parked.

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Street performers and events peppered the boardwalk leading up to the main show: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hosted a Star-Spangled Celebration concert at the newly renovated Rash Field Park on Monday night.

The BSO’s performance culminated in the big show: fireworks shot up from two barges parked in the harbor in a 13-minute display produced by fireworks company Pyrotecnico.

Mayor Brandon Scott, who kayaked to his interview, told WJZ that the most exciting part of the event for him was seeing the joy in his city.

I’m really happy to just have people here just having a good time,” said Scott. “You can relax in this space and see fireworks – seeing them out here enjoying things, enjoying the weather, enjoying the food and most of all the culture, that’s really the most important thing to me.”

The mayor said it’s important to get together and have fun, especially at a challenging time in the country’s history.

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“With everything that’s going on in our city, state and country, we all need this time to just have fun with people in a positive and safe way,” he said. “And that’s the message tonight. Just have a good time. That’s it.”

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