Fourth of July Events Calendar: Fireworks, parties, parades and more

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Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

When it comes to celebrating America, most of us know the basics of fireworks, sparklers and BBQ. There are plenty of places willing to help out with the celebration. Here’s a roundup of events before and during Independence Day, as well as the best ways to watch the fireworks at the Inner Harbor.

Tuesday, July 3
Fourth of July Weeklong Celebration: 10 a.m. at Port Discovery, through July 9. The children’s museum stretches the holiday into a week-long celebration with stories, songs and music, and workshops to make patriotic hoop gliders and bracelets.

July 4th Pregame Party: 4-10 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. The Hampden brewery gets the party started with Cheesy Dogs, food from Luigi’s, music and, of course, beer.

An Independence Eve Party: 5-11 p.m. at Sandlot. Head down by the water to get an early jump on the patriotic partying. Held in partnership with Union Craft Brewing, the event promises contests in popsicle eating and dressing American.

Downy O’Shun Bash: 5 p.m. at Topside. Heading to the beach only requires climbing to the rooftop of Hotel Revival. Monument City Brewing and Graft Cider provide specialty offerings to go along with beach-themed fun.

Rockin’ in the USA: 6-9 p.m. at Bill’s Music. The Catonsville staple throws a free concert featuring big band music by Ain’t Misbehavin’, patriotic favorites from Patriotic Drum & Fife and rock, blues and country from Tanglewood. Attendees can also expect a moonbounce, refreshments and more.

Celebrate America Concert in the Park: 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Angel Park. Enjoy patriotic standards from the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band, face painting and other activities, vendors and more.

Star-Spangled Spectacular: 8 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra heads outdoors for a mix of festive anthems and favorite numbers from stage and screen, featuring Davon Fleming, Baltimore’s own star of “The Voice.” This year’s event features a wine and beer garden with pre-concert bluegrass. And of course, stay for fireworks.

Glen Burnie Improvement Association Fireworks: 9 p.m. at Sawmill Creek Park. Looking to get some early fireworks in? Head to Anne Arundel County for a free display in the community.

Independence Celebrations: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Grand Central Nightclub. Kick things off early with an Independence Day-themed party on July 3.

Wednesday, July 4
July 4 Visionary Pets on Parade: 10 a.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. If this is the year when you dress your pet in a patriotic get-up (or if that year is every year), head down to Federal Hill and show off the creativity. It could win you a trophy. A pet talent show follows the parade.

2018 Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m.-noon at St. Martin’s in-the-Field Episcopal School. Severna Park celebrates with a parade that includes music, floats, antique cars, Elvis and more.

Red, White and Zoo: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo. The animals will be getting a healthy dose of patriotic flair, with treats to match the day.

Towson 4th of July Parade: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grab a spot in downtown Towson to watch the displays, marchers and more.

Love Your Neighbor – 4th of July Cookout: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ruth M. Cook Recreation and Learning Center. Live to Inspire provides the food and fun on the Fourth for people experiencing homelessness, and all are welcome.

4th of July at Parts and Labor: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Remington protein palace has a full slate of specials for the day, from hot dogs to frozen cocktails. Plus, Sandlot wristbands to cut the line.

Baltimore Beach Volleyball “Hat Draw” Tournament: noon at Rash Field. Walk-ups are welcome for a beach volleyball tournament along the harbor, with co-ed teams taking to the sand.

“Jaws”: 1 p.m. at the Senator Theatre. Watch the seaside summer blockbuster that will have you thinking twice about going in the water.

Fourth of July Special Screening: “Nashville”: 3:30 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. See a screening of Robert Altman’s satirical snapshot of the political scene in the 1970s.

July 4 at Sandlot: 4-11 p.m. The Harbor Point spot at the water’s edge spot doubles as one of the best spots to see fireworks. In the meantime, grab beers from Dogfish Head Brewery, play some games and take in tunes from Speakers of the House.

July 4 Backyard BBQ: 4-9 p.m. at LB Skybar. Head up to the top of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, where the rarified air on the 19th floor still has room for hot dogs and burgers. This one isn’t advertised as a fireworks watch party, but could be a good pre-harbor stop.

Art on the Waterfront Opening Reception: 4:30-9:30 p.m. at Middle Branch Park. Public sculptures have been sprouting at Middle Branch Park from artists Becky Borlan, Graham Coreil-Allen, Ashley Kidner and Matthias Neumann. Get a first look, and some entertainment from DJ GrownMan and soul singer Jonathan Gilmore. Fireworks are in view.

Independence Day at Garrett Park: 5-10 p.m. The Greater Baybrook and Brooklyn communities celebrate the 4th with music, a movie and fireworks viewing.

Independence Day Celebration: 6-10 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. The dockside museum in Locust Point has room to park and picnic. Bring the family.

Wit & Wisdom’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration: 6-9:30 p.m. at Wit & Wisdom. The restaurant inside the Four Seasons already has the panoramic harbor views ideal for watching fireworks. Leading up to the big show, it rolls out an all-you-can-eat buffet, live entertainment and family fun like face painting and a caricaturist. Plus, a SnoBall machine will be on the premises.

Independence Day Deck Party: 7-10 p.m. at USS Constellation. Celebrate the 4th on one of Baltimore’s historic ships with music and cannon firings, as well as a bit of distance from the crowds. Plus, prime viewing for fireworks.

Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration: 7-10 p.m. at Inner Harbor. Catch big band jazz from the U.S. Navy Band Commodores at the Inner Harbor Ampitheatre to begin the evening. Out on the harbor, fireworks take center stage at 9:30 p.m., courtesy of Pyrotecnico.

Picnic at the Top: 7:30-10 p.m. at Top of the World Observation Level. Get the highest level of fireworks viewing at this family-friendly event. Features a 360-degree of the harbor from 27 floors up, with food and drink, children’s activities, live DJ and more.

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