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Happy Fourth from What’s Up? Media!

Jul 02, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Happy Fourth of July from your friends at What’s Up? Media! Following are fantastic 4th events that are fun for the whole family! 
“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” – Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds

Anne Arundel County:

Full Moon Tour

Hammond-Harwood House Museum, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, Friday, July 3rd, 6 p.m., $10-15, 410-263-4683,
On this interactive tour visitors will learn about what night was like during the early 19th Century when the beautiful Frances Townley Chase Lockerman lived on the property with her eccentric husband, Richard and their young family. Visitors will hear about the rise and fall of this Annapolitan family while under the cover of twilight in the Hammond-Harwood House. Tour times are at 7 p.m. and 8 pm. Wine and beer are available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. $15 per person, $10 for members.

Treaty of Paris Center Lectures, Films, Exhibits, and Tours 

The Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday, July 4th, 11a.m., Free, 202-436-5909,
Treaty of Paris Center will feature a lecture on what happened soon after the Declaration of Independence: Congress left Philadelphia for Baltimore. Come learn about “When Baltimore was the Capital of the United States.” The Treaty of Paris Center's July 4th session will take place in the Maryland Inn's Crown and Crab Room from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include films, walking tours, and exhibits related to the Treaty of Paris Period, 1783-87, between the Revolution and the Constitution.

Annapolis Fourth of July Parade

Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday, July 4th, 6:30 – 11:30 p.m., Free, 
Annapolis Fourth of July festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an old fashioned community parade. This patriotic salute to our nation is always a crowd pleaser with thousands of viewers lining the route. The night wraps up with fireworks over Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m.

Eastern Shore:

Old-Fashioned Fourth Celebration

St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square, St. Michaels, MD 21663, Saturday, July 4th, 7 p.m., Free, 410-745-9561,
The Old-Fashioned Fourth Celebration is great fun for all ages. The celebration includes children’s activities, patriotic ceremonies and stories of our history. Join Uncle Sam for the fun and spectacle of this traditional celebration. Children and families are encouraged to wear patriotic attire, decorate bikes and wagons, and join the parade!

Big Band Night & Fireworks

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, Saturday, July 4th, 7 – 10 p.m., $5-10, 410-745-2916,
In celebration of Independence Day, the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is welcoming back The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at their Big Band Night. Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Mixing together popular standards, a variety of musical styles, and dance-able rhythms, the Shades of Blue Orchestra combines brass, woodwind, and rhythm instruments to bring music from the 1930’s to present to the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus. The orchestra is conducted by Michael A. Walker, a military-trained musician of the Armed Forces School of Music and former member of the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band.

Fireworks at Kent Narrows

Chesapeake Exploration Center, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD 21619, Saturday, July 4th, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m., Free, 410-604-2100,
Fireworks are returning to the Kent Narrows! Watch for free from the Chesapeake Exploration Center in Chester and anywhere along the Kent Narrows waterway.


The Last Summer on Earth Tour: Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay 

Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688, Friday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m., $39-199, 410-326-2042,
Barenaked Ladies, with guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart, have sold over 14 million albums worldwide, won eight Juno awards, and earned multiple Grammy nominations. Known for such hits as "One Week," "Pinch Me, "Brian Wilson," "If I Had $1,000,000" and many more, the band also penned the theme song for the hit CBS series, "The Big Bang Theory”. The Violent Femmes, popular in the 90’s with a strong cult following will perform songs including: “Kiss Off, “Blister in the Sun”, “Gone Daddy Gone”, “Add it Up”, and more. Take in the creative and memorable songs of former Men at Work frontman, Colin Hay. With over three and a half hours of live music, there will be something for everyone.

Red, White, and 80’s with Bruce in the USA

Maryland Live! Casino, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite 777, Hanover, MD 21076, Saturday, July 4th, 8 p.m., 443-842-7000, Free, 
Bruce In The USA is a high-energy musical experience; a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians, from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The OJays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, and more.

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