Huge crowd turns out for Fourth of July festivities

CAMBRIDGE — Finally, the weather held out for the Fourth.

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After two years of rain that dampened the Independence Day celebration in Cambridge, a large gathering of celebrants showed up at the Dorchester County Visitor Center, Sailwinds Park, and in boats on the Choptank River.

The event was co-hosted by the Dorchester County Office of Tourism, Cambridge Economic Development, and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. For the third year, the Mid-Shore Community Band was invited to play patriotic tunes, this year at the Dorchester Visitor Center Amphitheater.

At the beginning of the show, EJ Oesterle, the band’s music director, said he was glad to finally be able to perform outside after two years of rain. With a festive spirit, some members of the audience urged Mr. Oesterle to stop speaking about rain with an audible “shh,” as gray clouds blew overhead, and a slight chance of rain was in the forecast.

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After rain dampened Fourth of July festivities the past couple years, Jehiah Glows Jr., 2, of Cambridge, was ready for bad weather this year, but the only people who got wet were wading in the Choptank River at the Dorchester County Visitor Center.

However, the celebration went off without interruption. The Mid-Shore Community Band completed it’s set, as families and guests took in the show while children frolicked at the visitor center’s playground. While band members packed their instruments, celebrants shifted their chairs to the top of the amphitheater to take in the fireworks. More and more guests gathered at the visitor center and Sailwinds Park, while boats continued to hit the water as sunset approached.

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Ben Haines, of Newark, Del., tosses a football to his grandfather, Bill Robins, of Cambridge, as the Mid-Shore Community Band performs “America the Beautiful” on Independence Day at the Dorchester County Visitor Center Ampitheater.

Finally, fireworks launched into the sky over the lighthouse at Long Wharf Park as the large crowd oohed and aahed.

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