Independence Day in Ocean Pines

For Immediate Release
Fourth of July Celebration in OceanPines, MD

Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to announce their improved schedule for the Fourth of July Celebration. The day will now begin at 8:00am with the special patriotic Freedom 5k race. At 10:00am the Sports Core Pool and the South Gate lawn surrounding the Worcester County’s Veteran Memorial Park will host the “All American Day,” festivities. Lastly, the Ocean Pines Association will light up the night sky with fireworks over Showell Park just after dark.

The2013 OPA Freedom 5K Run will jumpstart the national holiday in the morning. Runners will race around the stunning South Gate Pond, travel up ManklinCreek Road, and then return to the finish line at the Veterans Memorial. OceanPines Recreation and Parks has partnered with local professional race designteam OCtriRunning who will use computer chip timing techniques to clock all ofthe runners accurately. The cost to race will be $25 per person which alsoincludes a T-shirt, hospitality area, and a free wristband allowing entranceinto portions of the post race activities and Fourth of July celebrations. Aportion of race proceeds will be donated to the “Home of the Brave Inc.,” whichprovides a vacation home and entertainment for returning soldiers and theirfamilies.

Racemedals will be awarded to the overall top male and female performers. Awardswill also be given to top finishers in each age group male and female: Youngerthan 10, 11 – 19 years, 20 – 29 years, 30 – 39 years, 40 – 49 years, 50 – 59years, 60 – 69 years and older than 70 years.

The race is open to all ages and interested runners can register on using the keyword: OPA Freedom Run or by using the online portal on Interested participants can also register by visiting/calling the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Early registration is required to guarantee a shirt. There will be Day of Registration for $35.

At 10:00 am the “All American Day” festivities will begin. Families are invited to a pool party and a vast assortment of fun activities. There will be moon bounces, water slides, face painting, carnival games, and refreshments such as cotton candy, hot dogs, snow cones, root beer floats and more! New for 2013 will be a 51’ inflatable Shark moon bounce and 3 player inflatable play zone. Alive DJ will also play all day. Moon bounces and water slides are $5 for unlimited rides with a wristband, additional fees may apply on particular attractions. The pool will be free to swim members; all others will pay the regular daily pool rate.

At dark, after a day of celebrating the country’s birthday, settle into a seat as the Ocean Pines Association sponsors a light show in the sky. Fireworks will shoot over the Showell Park on route 589 at approx. 9:15pm.

The recommended viewing locations for fireworks are: Showell Elementary School, the Community Church of Ocean Pines, Most Blessed Sacrament School, St. John Neumann Church, and the pavilions. All parking will be free. Thank you to the Tidewater Physical Therapy and the Bank of Ocean City for their sponsorship donation for this event.

If you are interested in volunteering or for any other information please call theRec. and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or visit us at 239 Ocean Parkway oronline at

EricArmstrong – Recreation Supervisor


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