Image via Domino Sugar Baltimore Facebook page.

The city of Baltimore may not be having downtown fireworks on the Fourth of July, but a private company plans to fill the void and light up the harbor in its own way.

Domino Sugar Baltimore announced that it will turn on the refurbished Domino Sugars sign above its Key Highway refinery around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The giant sign has been dark since March when renovation work began.

“Find any spot with a good view of our sign this Sunday at dark to watch the relighting!” the company suggested on social media. “Two light displays will precede the lighting of the sign.”

Does that mean fireworks?

“It will be a light, laser and laser graphic display,” the company says.

The relighting marks the culmination of a $2 million effort by the company to replace the historic neon Domino Sugars sign with a more efficient LED sign that mimics the original one, a familiar sight on the city skyline.  Visible from many vantage points around the harbor, the replacement sign is just as large as the one it replaced.

“When our sign was first lit in 1951, 29 years after we began operations, we could have never imagined it would be more than just an advertisement for the sugars we make,” the company said in a separate posting.

“We are humbled to share our sign with our South Baltimore community and the City of Baltimore, and we hope you are as excited as we are for the relighting on Sunday at dark!”

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

One reply on “Domino Sugars sign relighting set for July 4 around 9:30 p.m.”

  1. Thanks Ed,
    I’ve always loved the domino sugar sign since we lived in Federal Hill for so many years.
    I always walked my dog around and saw it in many many different kinds of weather and conditions.

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