Ocean City is ready for the spotlight this weekend as the town launches into the summer season with a new laser light show.
The O.C. Beach Lights Spectacular features lasers, videos, special effects and lights displayed on a 50-foot-tall sphere that looks like a beach ball. The show will take place Sundays on the beach at North Division Street three times a night - 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. - from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
"We're excited about it," says Donna Abbott, public relations manager for the Town of Ocean City. "It's something different and unique that will add to the vacation experience in Ocean City."
The idea for the show came from the town's tourism advisory board, a group that has funding from the tourism and marketing departments that they can use as seed money for new events.
Visitors can take part in the show by submitting photos of their vacation in Ocean City to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some lucky folks will have the pleasure of seeing their images projected onto the giant beach ball.
In addition to the laser show, the advisory board also came up with the idea of weekly fireworks for summer visitors.
Along with the usual holiday pyrotechnics, Ocean City also will host fireworks on the beach on Tuesday nights every week during summer. The show will take place at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on the beach at North Division Street. The first show is May 29.
Both events are free and are part of the city's Summer of Thanks program.