As Independence Day weekend arrives in Baltimore, we first offer a reminder: No fireworks in Baltimore City this year due to the pandemic. However, metro area municipalities are offering a few chances to celebrate the country with fireworks and outdoor fairs. In the city, check out festivals featuring local artists and businesses in Cherry Hill and Station North and art openings in Highlandtown. Here’s the weekend planner:
First Friday Art Walk: 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 2, in Highlandtown Arts District. This month’s evening of open galleries in Southeast Baltimore features new exhibits at Highlandtown Gallery, Springsteen Gallery and Creative Alliance. Plus, a sidewalk sale at Art-O-Mat and artist pop-ups at Avenue Sushi and Night Owl Gallery.
Dundalk Heritage Fair: July 2-5 at Dundalk Heritage Park. The festival features an Independence Day parade on July 3, and three days of entertainment. Plus, the grand finale to the long weekend arrives with 4th of July fireworks on July 5.
Miles Brown Trio: 7 p.m. on Friday, July 2, at An Die Musik Live! Brown, a bassist, leads a jazz trio including Alex Brown and Lee Pearson. In-person and streaming options available.
“The Garden”: Through July 18 at Baltimore Centerstage, virtual. The theatrical production features a world premiere play, written and starring Charlayne Woodard. “After not speaking to each other for the past three years, Cassandra shows up unexpectedly at her mother’s garden gate, attempting to reconcile old wounds,” a description states.
Brilliance in Black Baltimore Wall Street Festival: 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at YNot Lot. The Station North festival features Black-owned businesses from Baltimore, with performances and swag bags. It’s free to attend.
Independence Day Weekend at the B&0: July 3-5 at the B&O Railroad Museum. Celebrate the country with a historic American invention. The Southwest Baltimore museum will have train rides and tours, plus tie-dye and chalk art activities. Yes, there will be red, white & blue popsicles.
Opening Receptions: Holding Patterns & Ripple: 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Springsteen Gallery. The Highlandtown gallery opens two new exhibitions. Holding Pattern features work from Amy Stober, with text from Reilly Davidson. Ripple features a series of new paintings from John Bohl.
Catonsville Annual Grand Parade: 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue, Catonsville. 2021 Marks the 75th year that the Catonsville community has come together to celebrate Independence Day. Get out your chair and watch the grand parade featuring 12 marching bands. The parade will proceed east on Frederick Road to Bloomsbury Avenue, south on Bloomsbury Avenue to the Community Center. Parade will be held rain or shine.
4th of July Fireworks in Howard County: 5-9:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia. The annual fireworks display returns to the lakefront with a 20-minute display. Come early for food trucks and music on the lakefront stage.
Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival: Sunday, July 4, virtual. The fifth edition of the festival from the Youth Resiliency Institute and Cherry Hill Community Coalition is a virtual concert featuring musicians including Maysa, The Kelly Bell Band, Mighty Mark and more.
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