A new year in Cumberland

Fireworks are launched from the Baltimore Street bridge in this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo. The city won't hold it's annual New Year's Eve celebration this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland-area residents can ring in 2019 with a ball drop and fireworks on the downtown mall.

The New Year’s Eve celebration, put on by the Downtown Development Commission, will feature a DJ and hats and glow sticks will be provided.

As midnight approaches, a ball drop will take place from atop the Cumberland Arms building. Immediately following, the fireworks will be launched from the Baltimore Street bridge over Wills Creek.

“The city will pay for the fireworks,” said Jeff Rhodes, city administrator. “It’s been a tradition. They set the fireworks up that afternoon and launch after the ball drop takes place. We’re hoping for good weather.”

According to the DDC, Cafe Mark will be open to serve hot beverages and baked goods.

Outgoing Mayor Brian Grim will not be involved for the first time in eight years. Grim lost a bid for re-election to challenger Ray Morriss, who will be sworn in on Jan. 7.

Grim said he will continue to volunteer, but will reduce his efforts with city events since he no longer represents local government.

“I enjoyed doing it,” said Grim. “My family have done volunteer work since I was young. It was a great experience. I was involved long before I was elected to office.”

Grim was involved with the “Lights by Lake” Christmas program held at Rocky Gap State Park.

“In the general community, I would expect to still volunteer,” said Grim. “I’ll step back from official city events. But, there are many other causes and organizations in the community I will work with.”

Mayor-elect Morriss said he will attend the celebration.

“I intend to bring in the new year downtown,” Morriss said. “We will have dinner and enjoy the festivities. I am looking forward to bringing in the new year in Cumberland.”

The Baltimore Street bridge will be closed Monday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to accommodate the fireworks show.

City officials advise motorists and pedestrians to use the Market Street bridge at Cumberland Street for an alternate route during the event. For more information, contact City Hall at 301-759-6424.

Follow staff writer Greg Larry on Twitter @GregLarryCTN.

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