The Thunderbirds will headline the Ocean City Air Show this year on June 19 and 20.

(May 28, 2021) If last weekend’s large crowds were any indication, this summer is going to be a big one in Ocean City. With that, organizers of one of the biggest tourist events – the Ocean City Air Show — are preparing for a major spectacle in just three weeks.

“We have already staged air shows in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, and all were quite successful and met with tremendous enthusiasm by the attendees,” said Chris Dirato, OC Air Show director of Public Relations, via email. “It’s obvious that people are starved for entertainment after being locked [down] for such a long time.”

Set for June 19 and 20, this year’s air show of death-defying aerial acrobatics will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the headliner and military acts that include the F-22 Raptor Demo Team and the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

The show is the 14th annual and will not only bring back large live viewing areas — which were not part of at year’s show due to covid-19 — but will also be livestreamed.

This year, special event tickets are available at

Prices range from $22.50 for a seat in Drop Zone Beach  –  where restrooms, hand-sanitizing stations, food, and beverages are made available –  to $399, which allows ticket holders to experience the show from a penthouse 10 floors up.

The show’s primary viewing area is also set to move from 13 1/2 Street to 13th Street this year as part of a working agreement between the city and air show organizers.

Bus service that will take ticket holders, vendors, performers, and VIPs to and from the show center is set to return as well.

The service did not run for the August 2020 show and the service for 2021 will include a modification, with the buses expected to haul people to the show from the south convention center lot on 40th Street Saturday and from Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th Street Sunday.

Dirato also said that while covid restrictions loosen and the air show follows suit in many ways, some guidelines will still exist.

“We still have stay safe and separate initiatives in place,” he said.

The show is set to run from noon to 3 p.m. both days — June 19 and 20— and will be viewable from a variety of locations across the resort. For more information, visit

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