UPDATED: July 2, 2014 7:54 p.m.

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Officials in Ocean City, Maryland have rescheduled their fireworks celebrations as Tropical Storm Arthur threatens the East Coast.

City officials met Wednesday afternoon to make decisions regarding the schedule and timing of events planned for this weekend. Officials expected the popular beach resort to be near capacity and said they wanted to give the public and local businesses as much advance notice as possible.

Forecasters say the size and path of the storm are still uncertain, but beach patrol officials say a tropical storm or hurricane doesn’t have to be close to shore to cause heavy surf and dangerous rip currents. Those rip currents could be especially troublesome if sunny skies on Saturday draw lots of people to the water.

“Due to the passing storm and the probable residual effects of the weather, including wind and rain, it would be logistically challenging to hold the fireworks shows on Friday,” Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said on the city’s blog. “We are expecting some wet weather on Thursday night and into Friday morning, which makes it nearly impossible to set-up the fireworks show on the beach in enough time for Friday night. Alternatively, the weather over the weekend looks beautiful so Saturday is the safest choice.”

Celebrations have been rescheduled for July 5, but show times will remain the same.

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