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Beach Bonfires in Ocean City, Maryland

Beach Bonfires in Ocean City, Maryland

Having a bonfire, or fire pit on the beach has been a long-time tradition for many families enjoying their time in Ocean City, MD. This year, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing over the spring and summer months, our favorite beach town experienced a significant spike in those enjoying socially distanced fires on the beach. 

With concerns over restaurant capacity and crowds on the famous Boardwalk, many Ocean City visitors opted to slow down this summer and relax by a bonfire by the ocean, listening to the waves crash and watching the stars overhead. In fact, Ocean City significantly exceeded its budget for the beach bonfire program, coming in $50,000 over budget, a significant jump for a $75 permit. 

As sweater weather rolls in, residents and off-season vacationers are continuing their new traditions, by enjoying warm fires on chilly nights with their friends and family. Are you interested in learning more about Ocean City Beach Bonfires? Click the links for Rules and Regulations, as well as Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in applying for a permit? Click Here to Apply!  All you have to do is fill out the required information and follow the prompts on the screen. 

Tips for Starting a Beach Bonfire

1. Create a Sand Pit

One of the hurdles that you’ll face when building a fire on the beach is the wind. By gigging and using a sandpit, you’ll create a natural barrier of protection around your campfire. 

2. Huddle Up

Even with a sandpit, you may still struggle with getting your campfire lit on a windy night. Get your group and huddle around the fire to create a little “windbreaker” of sorts, by using your bodies as shields. 

3. Get Good Firewood

You can find firewood almost anywhere, to make sure that you have good wood, be sure that it’s seasoned, dry, and hard. 


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