As summer heats up in our coastal town of Ocean City, Maryland, there's a palpable sense of excitement in the air. And come the 4th of July, that spirit reaches a crescendo as the town comes alive with vibrant festivities, spectacular fireworks, and a deep sense of pride. There’s nothing like a trip to Ocean City, Maryland for the 4th of July weekend! Here’s your expert guide to ensure your star-spangled vacation is smooth sailing: 

Family-Friendly Activities, Live Music, and All-American Fun!

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OC 4th of July Events

Where to Get the Best All-American food

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Surfin Betty's Burger Bar: This burger joint was born from a passion for great food and the beloved beach community. Located just steps from where the iconic Surfin’ Betty’s Beach Bar served happy customers from 1986 to 2019, the new spot on 15th St offers the same warm, welcoming vibes with a modern twist. Dive into their mouthwatering pasture-raised burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, and fresh-cut fries, all sourced from sustainable, family-owned Roseda Farms.

Dumser's Dairyland: If you are looking for nostalgic and iconic Ocean City businesses, look no further than Dumser's Dairyland! Visit one of the 7 locations around Ocean City for their homemade icecream or get Lunch or Dinner at the 123rd St location.

28th St Pit N Pub: Stop in for some BBQ at the 28th St Pit N Pub!. This lively spot offers a welcoming atmosphere perfect for enjoying mouth-watering smoked meats and refreshing beverages. Whether you're craving ribs, wings, or a classic burger, there's something for everyone at this popular local eatery.

Where to Listen to Live Music

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sunset park live music

You can experience the magic of live music every day at each of these three waterfront restaurants! Indulge in good eats and cold drinks while savoring sweet tunes in a picturesque setting, making each visit a memorable one. Check out the lineup at each location to plan out your weekend's "rhythm"!

Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill


Harpoon Hanna's Restaurant

Where to Spend your 4th of July Weekend with the Family

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Family Vacation in Ocean City, MD

Alley Oops: Satisfy your family's needs at Alley Oops Midtown or Uptown in Ocean City, MD. Not only do they offer a full menu and bar, but they also feature arcade games and old-school Duck Bowling for hours of fun! Perfect for all ages, Alley Oops ensures a memorable outing with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and endless entertainment options.

Old Pro Golf: Another timeless activity to do in Ocean City is mini golf! Visit one of six elaborate Old Pro Golf locations around town (or try them all!). Each course features unique themes, such as dinosaurs, undersea adventures, and safari expeditions, providing fun and challenging experiences for all ages. With beautifully designed landscapes and creative obstacles, Old Pro Golf offers a delightful outing that perfectly complements the beach town's vibrant atmosphere.

Sea Rocket: Add Water 4 Fun to your trip itinerary! Hop aboard the famous “Sea Rocket” speed boat for a thrilling cruise up the coast, where you'll search for bottlenose dolphins and enjoy stunning views of the Ocean City skyline and Atlantic Ocean.

Best Spots to Watch Fireworks

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july 4th fireworks

Northside Park: Bring a blanket or a beach chair and watch the spectacular show over the Assawoman Bay! Pro Tip: Get there early to establish your spot! 

Ocean City Boardwalk: Ground zero for the Downtown Ocean City fireworks display is at Dorchester Street, but you’ll be able to witness the show from any point on the boardwalk. Bonus points if you have an oceanfront room at one of our boardwalk hotels.

Restaurant at Lighthouse Sound: There are no fireworks released at Lighthouse Sound, however, it’s a great spot to watch the Ocean City skyline with their multiple firework displays! This is a great choice for families who want to avoid traffic, loud noises, and big crowds.

Safety First! Tips to Navigate 4th of July Weekend in Ocean City

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Drive Smart! Leave early and stay late to account for expected traffic delays. Be aware of pedestrians and obey traffic signals. Make a plan for parking and take the beach bus or walk when you can! Bike rentals are also a fun and eco-friendly way to get around.

Wear Sunscreen & Stay Hydrated! Don’t forget to reapply SPF while you’re sitting on the beach. Protect your skin if you are going to be outside because no one likes getting sunburned! Soaking up the sun is a recipe for dehydration- make sure to slip a water bottle in your beach bag to keep your body fueled and toes in the sand for longer.

Leave Personal Fireworks at Home! Due to safety concerns for both people and wildlife, the use of personal fireworks is prohibited within the town limits. Interested in a beach bonfire? Visit to get your permit.

Stick Together! With large crowds and busy beaches, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your belongings and always use the buddy system, especially regarding beach and water safety. Only swim in the ocean when there’s a lifeguard on duty.

In Ocean City, Maryland, the 4th of July isn't just a holiday – it's an unbeatable experience filled with beachside bliss, patriotic pride, and pure hospitality. Whether you're soaking up the sun on the beach, savoring delicious cuisine, or marveling at fireworks illuminating the night sky, Ocean City offers the perfect setting to celebrate Independence Day in style. So pack your sunscreen, grab your beach towel, and get ready for an Independence Day celebration like no other in Ocean City, MD!