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Snap. Crackle. Pop: Fourth of July Celebrations!

Jun 30, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould
Let the sparks fly this Fourth of July weekend with a variety of exciting activities! Grab your friends, light up the grill, turn up the music, and enjoy the beautiful holiday weekend. After the sun goes down, make sure to find the perfect spot and watch the awesome firework shows happening throughout Maryland! Don’t forget while you’re enjoying the festivities, in the words of the Zac Brown Band, “Salute the ones who died, the ones that give their lives, so we don’t have to sacrifice, all the things we love”. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Western Region

Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display

Deep Creek Lake, July 4th, 9:30 p.m.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display, sponsored by Hugh Umbel Companies. Starting at 9:30 p.m., fireworks will be launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort onto the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry.

Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park

Fairgrounds Park, July 4th, 6 p.m.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., followed by entertainment at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. With 15,996 shells to be set off in just 30 minutes, this promises to be an action-packed show!

MSO Salute to Independence

Antietam National Battlefield, July 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Since 1986, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free “Salute to Independence” Concert at Antietam National Battlefield. The “Salute” has been billed as “Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event” and has also been recognized by the American Bus Association as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America.” The evening concert attracts nearly 35,000 people from all over and is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, one of the largest in the region. This year's special guest, folk singer/songwriter Jennie Avila, will be performing her original songs of the Civil War.

Capital Region

4th of July Weekend: Preamble Party

Denizen Brewing Co., Sunday, July 3rd, 5 p.m.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all beers are not created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator (Jeff Ramirez), with certain palatable traits, that among these are acidity, maltiness, mouthfeel, and the pursuit of Hoppiness. Come eat, drink, and celebrate before the 4th at the Preamble Party! Featuring live music by The Electric Peacock Dance Band beginning at 7 p.m., beer garden cookout with burgers, hot dogs, and veggie skewers, ice cream by Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets, and Beer....duh!

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Oregon Ridge Park, July 3rd & July 4th, 5 p.m.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's essential red, white and blue bash! This outdoor celebration features patriotic favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, topped off with dazzling fireworks. Plus, hear the winner of the BSO’s famed “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest perform The Star-Spangled Banner. Come out early for food trucks and fun! Gates open at 5 pm. There is free parking available with complimentary shuttle at remote lot. Parking at Oregon Ridge Park is $12 in advance, $15 on-site. Event tickets are available online at $18 for adults and $9 for children. Tickets will also be available at the gate at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

July Fourth Visionary Pets on Parade

American Visionary Art Museum, July 4th, 10 a.m.
Dress your pet & strut your stuff at the best dog-gone parade in town! Expect tons of animal fun and animal prizes. Trophies will be awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of all kinds are welcome. Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! Sit and stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! Pets must be leashed or carried. Water and baggies will be provided.

Fourth of July Celebration

William Paca House and Garden, July 4th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden commemorate William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence. The day begins with an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens in a stirring ceremony. The celebration continues as visitors tour the grand Georgian mansion William Paca built 250 years ago and wander the paths of his beautifully restored two-acre pleasure garden. Along the way, visitors will likely encounter Mr. Paca himself and other notable Annapolis residents and hear why they pledged their lives, fortunes and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Hands-on activities for kids of all ages will bring the struggles of American independence to life!

Frederick's 4th - An Independence Day Celebration

Baker Park, July 4th, 12 p.m.
The event features regional and national entertainment beginning at noon on two stages of entertainment. Families from the surrounding region enjoy a day packed with rides, activities and entertainment. Taste award winning chili, dunk a Frederick celebrity, or race a bath tub down Culler Lake – there is sure to be something for everyone!

Gaithersburg 4th of July Celebration

Bohrer Park, July 4th, 5 p.m.
Enjoy an entire day’s worth of activities all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m. Enter at Chestnut or Dalamar Streets (the Perry Parkway entrance will be closed). Entertainment will begin 7 p.m. The half hour fireworks show begins about 9:30 p.m. The spectacular display will feature bursts that launch up to 500 feet in amazing colors and styles. Optimal viewing areas are in Bohrer Park and at various points in surrounding locations.

Fourth of July Pier Party

National Aquarium, July 4th, 6:30–10 p.m.
Grab your lawn chair and the National Aquarium harbor side for a private party on the Aquarium’s Pier 3 viewing area! Celebrate America’s independence with music, entertainment and a front-row seat to the grand finale, as fireworks light up the sky over the Inner Harbor. Concessions, including snacks, local beers and wines, will also be available for purchase. Upgrade your ticket to include a delicious backyard barbecue featuring: grilled certified angus beef burgers, chicken and brisket sliders, grilled portobello mushrooms, all-natural beef hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, fruit, and dessert!

Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks

Downtown Annapolis, July 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Annapolis is one of the prime places in the region to celebrate the fourth of July! Patriotic and family-friendly events include an Independence Day parade, concerts and fireworks. The Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will travel along West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street to the City Dock. Then, visit Susan Campbell Park at 8:00 p.m. for a performance by the Naval Academy's Concert Band, followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Fireworks Cruise on Schooner Woodwind

Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, July 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Join Schooner Woodwind for a festive cruise celebrating the 4th of July. They will depart from the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel dock at 6:30 p.m. for a sunset sail with live entertainment by “Ship’s Company”. The boat will anchor close to the fireworks barge for the 9:15 p.m. fireworks display and return to the dock after the show. Tickets are $84 per adult, $57 per child and include bottled water, soft drinks, and a wide selection of desserts. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Independence Day Deck Party

Baltimore Inner Harbor, July 4th, 7–10 p.m.
Step onto the USS Constellation for an unforgettable celebration! Enjoy American backyard barbecue favorites served with local beer, wine and assorted sodas. Overlook the Inner Harbor high above the crowds and enjoy the best view of the fireworks! You can also listen to live music, tag along on special tours, witness cannon firings, and more! Ticket prices are $75 per adult (21+), $45 per teen (15-20), $25 per youth (6-14), free children 5 and under.

Independence Day Celebration

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, July 4th, 7–10 p.m.
Rockville's Independence Day Celebration, hosted by the Mayor and Council of Rockville invites you to a night of music, entertainment and fireworks. 

Central Region

July 4th Celebration: Festival and Fireworks

Columbia Lakefront, July 4th, 5–10 p.m.
You’re invited to Columbia Lakefront for an evening of family fun and fireworks. This year's event will feature live entertainment, food, and more! Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration

Baltimore Inner Harbor, July 4th, 7–10 p.m.
Commemorate Independence Day with live music and celebratory fireworks in the heart of downtown Baltimore. The event will showcase music by U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and other performers starting at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. At 9:30 p.m., Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will kick off the multicolored fireworks, which can be viewed from several locations downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Fell's Point, and Harbor East.

Catonsville's Independence Day Celebration

Catonsville High School, July 4th, 9:30 a.m.
This all-day, fun-filled Catonsville tradition features children's games, races, and concerts starting at 9:30 a.m. The 69th Annual Grand Parade on Frederick Road will start at 3:00 p.m. and the best fireworks display will go off at 9:15 p.m.

Dundalk Heritage Association Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

North Point Government Center, July 1–4th, 12 p.m.
The Heritage fair will feature three stages filled with live music, carnival rides and games will also be available! Tickets are $8 per person, children 12 and under are free, and will be sold at the front gate. The 82th Annual Dundalk 4th of July Parade will march to this year’s theme of “Celebrating the American Dream” at approximately 8:15 a.m. July 4th. The Fireworks will start around 9:15 p.m. and can be seen from numerous sites throughout Dundalk!

Middle River Fireworks Extravaganza

Eastern Yacht Club, July 2nd, 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy this annual fireworks extravaganza on the beautiful waters of Middle River. All proceeds from the event will help wounded veterans by supporting Project No person Left Behind!

Old-Fashioned July 4th Picnic/Celebration/Fireworks

Carroll County Farm Museum, July 4th, 2–10 p.m.
The Farm Museum celebration includes live entertainment, children’s games and crafts and delicious food for sale all culminating in a fireworks extravaganza! Celebration Activities Include: moon bounce, face painting, delicious food, children’s crafts & games, farmhouse tours, story time with Mother Goose, farmyard friends, artisans, oxen demonstrations, and so much more! Fireworks start approximately at 9:30 p.m. rain or shine.


July 4th Fest

Six Flags America, July 2nd–July 4th, 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate the independence of our country with three jam-packed days of thrills and water park fun on Fourth of July Weekend at Six Flags America. There will be fireworks and live entertainment every night.

Towson Fourth of July Parade

Towsontown Blvd, July 4th, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Celebration of America's birthday with bands, clowns, marching units and military.

Southern Region

Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth

11765 St. Linus Dr., July 4th, 4:30–9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Charles is a family-friendly Independence Day event with live music, food, amusements and fireworks.

4th of July Watermelon Bash

July 4, 2016 10:30am - 1:30pm
La Plata Town Hall, July 4th, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.Celebrate the 4th of July at Town Hall. Join the Town of La Plata for hot dogs, games, wet fun and plenty of watermelon. Challenge yourself in a watermelon eating contest, balloon toss, and watermelon toss!

Eastern Shore

Havre de Grace Independence Day Celebration

Tydings Memorial Park, June 30th & July, 1st, 6–10:30 p.m., July 2nd, 1–4 p.m. & 4–9:30 p.m., July 3rd, 3–9:45 p.m.
Bring the entire family for a weekend full of holiday celebrations. Start off with a carnival and end with a parade and fireworks on Sunday! The parade will include majorette/dance units, fire companies, floats, dignitaries, clowns, color guards, antique vehicles, youth groups, racing vehicles, custom cars, and many more! The celebration will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display around 9:30 p.m. from the island at Tydings Park!

Easton Carnival & 4th of July Celebration

Corner of St. Michaels Road & Marlboro Ave., June 30th–July 3rd, 6–10 p.m., July 4th, 4–10 p.m.
Head over to Easton’s Carnival & Fourth of July Celebration with your family to celebrate Independence Day the Easton way! This celebration offers a week long opportunity to enjoy the carnival, food, live music, and fireworks.

Hats off to America

Centreville, July 1st, 9–11:30 p.m., July 2nd, 5–9:45 p.m., July 4th, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Celebrate our nation's independence with three days of fun activities throughout the town of Centreville! Start off the celebration Friday and get your groove on during the youth street dance behind City Hall. Continue the celebrations on Saturday at Founder’s park with activities, booths with food, drinks, and lots of fun. All children are invited to participate in the fun and laughter during the children’s parade. Make sure to decorate your child’s bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers! New this year is the Centreville’s got talent! This family-friendly event will display performances from winners who auditioned during the week. Cash prizes will be awarded. Grab your blankets and chairs to finish off the day with live music from the Salamanders and watch the fireworks show. The weekend will end on Monday with a Freedom 5K Run and Children’s Run at 7 a.m., a breakfast at founders park, a parade on Main Street, outdoor festival filled with games, food, and fun activities, entertainment in the park with a talent show, and the Youth Art Exhibit!

The Ultimate July 4th Celebration

Town of Rock Hall, Friday July 1st – Monday, July 4th, All Day
Join the Town of Rock Hall for a weekend of endless fun and activities for the whole family. Enter your baby into the Baby/Beauty Contest at 4 p.m. or get ready to get your groove on at 7:30 p.m. with DJ. Prestone. Continue the activities on Saturday at 8 a.m. with the Flat Five Race at the Municipal Building. On Sunday celebrate Waterman’s Day at 12 p.m. and make sure not to miss some awesome fireworks over the Harbor at 9 p.m. Then, prepare for a day filled with tons of fourth of July activities on Monday with a breakfast, parade, food, games, crafts, concerts, tournaments, races, a talent show, and so much more all beginning at 7 a.m.!

Fireworks Over the Bay

Veterans Memorial Park, July 1st, 7 p.m.
Head over to the Chesapeake Beach for a live performance by the Ryan Forrester Band followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15- 9:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 3rd.

Independents’ Day Celebration

Fountain Park, July 1st, 5 p.m.
Ready for an old fashioned Fourth of July Celebration featuring live music, free cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, lemonade, and $1 Hot Dogs? Head over to Fountain Park where local businesses are sponsoring food, music, and fun Fourth of July themed giveaways! Some of the giveaways include red, white & blue star necklaces, patriotic peanuts bubbles, flow in the dark red, white & blue bracelets, mini patriotic smile face buttons, and of course, American Flags. In addition, shops and galleries will keep their doors open late on Friday. Don’t miss this old-fashioned summer celebration!

Freedom Fest: A Tribute to Our Heroes

Crisfield City Dock, Saturday, July 2nd, 5–9 p.m.
Celebrate our nation's birthday at the 7th Annual Freedom Festival, a family oriented day hosted by American Legion. Enjoy food, live music, arts and crafts, military appreciation display, and of course, Fireworks! Make sure to bring a blanket or a chair for the fireworks show.

Family Fun for Independence Day Celebration

Sturgis Park, July 3rd, 5–10 p.m.
Come to Snow Hill's Independence Day Celebration which will showcase a fireworks display at Sturgis Park on River Street. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets will be sold!

Children's July 4th Parade

St. Michaels Museum, July 4th, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
The children’s parade and old-fashioned fourth celebration at St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square is great fun for all ages! The parade will be leaving St. Mary’s Square to Talbot Street, then back via Willow, Church and Mulberry St. to the Square. Children are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m. and to wear patriotic attire, decorate bikes and wagons, even pets, and join the parade! From 11-11:45 a.m., there will be flag raising, patriotic songs, benedictions and speakers to celebrate the fourth at the new front porch of the Teetotal building. On the lawn of the museum there will be children’s activities including games, face painting, a magic act and more! There will also be food and delicious ice cream. The St. Michaels Museum will be open and free to the public. Join Uncle Sam for the fun and spectacle of this traditional celebration!

Red White and BOOM

Wicomico County Stadium, July 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Red White and BOOM is Salisbury’s free community fireworks display returning to Wicomico County Stadium! A vendor area will open at the stadium at 6:30 p.m. There will be a variety of food vendors, along with music on site courtesy of WBOC-FM 102.5. A Salisbury Fire Department ladder truck will be at the event, hanging a massive U.S. flag, plus bounce houses for children and a Kids Kazoo Parade at 8 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the site of the old Salisbury Mall around 9:15 p.m. The main viewing area will be inside the stadium; and spectators can bring lawn chairs and blankets if they wish. A rain date is scheduled for July 5th.

4th of July Celebration

Ocean City, July 4th, 8–10 p.m.
Enjoy a free concert followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 125th Street at Northside Park.

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