So the annual Baltimore Inner Harbor 4th of July fireworks show has been cancelled again this year: now what? Luckily, there is still a bustling schedule events around Baltimore planned for this weekend, including parades, concerts, festivals, and yes — fireworks. There will be Motown concerts, food trucks, cornhole, a Johnny Cash tribute band, horseshoe pitching, tango, and even a patriotic pooch pageant. Check out our list of 4th of July celebrations this weekend:
Edgewater American Legion Fireworks and Concert
Where: American Legion in Edgewater
When: Saturday July 3, 6 p.m.
American Legion Post 226 is hosting a free concert at 6 p.m. featuring Assisted Living Band, a rock ‘n’ roll band with songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and Motown. At 9:30 p.m. they will play the National Anthem, followed by a fireworks display. More information can be found here.
Catonsville 75th Anniversary Fireworks and Family Fun Fest
Where: Catonsville High School Athletic Fields
When: Saturday July 3, 6:30 p.m.
The night will start at 6:30 p.m. with the Fireworks Family Fun Fest, featuring live rock ‘n’ roll music and food vendors. Fireworks will launch at 9:30 p.m. The rain date for the fireworks will be Sunday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. More information can be found here.
Howard County 4th of July Fireworks and Live Music
Where: Downtown Columbia Lakefront
When: Sunday July 4, 5 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.
The 20-minute fireworks will take place at Lake Kittamaqundi. Residents can start placing blankets after 3 p.m. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by Pebble to Pearl and Groovilicious at the Lakefront stage. There will also be a variety of food trucks including Kona Ice, Bullhead Pit Beef, Blowfish Poke, and more. Free parking will be located at the Mall in Columbia. More information can be found here.
Havre de Grace Fireworks and Live Music
Where: Havre de Grace
When: Sunday July 4, 7 p.m.
Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. in Hutchins Park with the Battle of the Decades! – 80s vs 90s featuring performers More More More and Here’s to the Night. Tickets start at $20 and gates open at 5 p.m. There will also be a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. by the Maryland Military Band featuring patriotic music held at Concord Point Park, no tickets required. Both locations are great places to watch the Havre de Grace fireworks which will begin at about 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched just off Concord Point Park in the Susquehanna River and can be viewed along the shoreline in Havre de Grace. More information can be found here.
Annapolis 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Annapolis Harbor
When: Sunday July 4, 9:15 p.m.
The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the harbor, with the best viewing areas including public spaces northeast of the Severn River, City Dock, along the Naval Academy Bridge, street end parks facing Spa Creek, or aboard a boat in the harbor. The Spa Creek Bridge will be closed from Eastport into Annapolis from 6 p.m. until the fireworks end at 10 p.m. More information can be found here.
Bel Air 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Rockfield Park
When: Sunday July 4, 9:30 p.m.
The fireworks will be launched from Rockfield Park. Viewers can watch from any permitted area in or around Bel Air. See the map online for no-entry zones and more information here.
Dundalk 4th of July Fireworks
Where: North Point Government Center / Grange Elementary
When: Monday July 5, 9:15 p.m.
The fireworks will be centered around Grange Elementary, lit near the North Point Government Center, but can be seen in surrounding areas. The rain date for this event is July 6. More information can be found here.
Dundalk Heritage Parade
Where: Logan Village Shopping Center
When: Saturday July 3, 8:15 a.m.
The parade will start at Logan Village Shopping Center with announcers at the Dundalk Shopping Center and Liberty Parkway grandstands. The parade lineup will include Gov. Larry Hogan, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, fire engines, music groups, choirs, horses, and more. A complete map of the parade and more information can be found here.
Towson 4th of July Parade, Race, and Bike Rush
Where: Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue
When: Saturday July 3, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The parade will be dedicated to first responders and soldiers in 2021. It will start at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue and continue down Bosley, Allegheny, and Washington avenues. Before the parade, there will also be the 4th Annual 4 on the 4th Race at 8:30 a.m. and a bike rush at 9:30 a.m. More information can be found here.
Kingsville Independence Day Parade
Where: Jerusalem, Bradshaw, and Bel Air roads
When: Saturday July 3, 9:30 a.m.
A pre-parade show at 9:30 a.m. will feature local musicians, dancers, clowns, and more. The parade will start at 10:45 a.m. at the triangle of Bel Air, Jerusalem, and Bradshaw Roads. It will proceed down Bradshaw Road for opening ceremonies at the Judges stand at 11 a.m., with the presentation of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Star Spangled Banner. Then, the parade will proceed down Jerusalem Road and end at St. Paul’s Church. The theme of this year’s parade is “From Liberty’s View.” More information can be found here.
Annapolis 4th of July Parade
Where: Amos Garrett and West Street
When: Saturday July 3, 10:30 a.m.
The parade will be a salute to the nation and its frontline workers, starting from Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street. It will proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street. There will be marching bands, fire engines, cars, vans, service clubs, scouts and more. More information can be found here.
Edgewater Mayo Independence Day Parade
Where: American Legion in Edgewater
When: Saturday July 3, 12 p.m.
The American Legion Post 226 is hosting a parade Saturday open to the public with no registration necessary. Just line up at noon! The parade will start at 1 p.m., proceeding through the neighborhood and then back to the American Legion parking lot. The parade will be followed by a tiki bar, cornhole tournament, raffles, food, and more. More information can be found here.
Catonsville 75th Anniversary Parade
Where: Frederick Road and Montrose Ave.
When: Saturday July 3, 3 p.m.
The parade will be held rain or shine and features 12 marching bands. Starting at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue, it will proceed east on Frederick Road to Bloomsbury Avenue, then south on Bloomsbury Avenue to the Community Center. More information can be found here.
Havre de Grace Independence Day Parade
Where: Union Avenue
When: Sunday July 4 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This year’s parade theme is Honoring our Healthcare Heroes. The parade will proceed down Union Avenue. More information can be found here.
Bel Air 4th of July Parade
Where: Idlewild St. and S Main St.
When: Sunday July 4, 6 p.m.
The parade will start at the intersection of Idlewild Street and South Main Street and continue to the intersection of East Gordon Street and North Main Street. More information can be found here.
Festivals and More
Dundalk Heritage Fair
Where: Dundalk Heritage Park
When: July 2 – 4
The 2021 Heritage Fair will be open 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair features three stages with first-come, first-served seating on the lawn. The headliners will include The Mahoney Brothers (Beatlemania), Crack the Sky (Legendary Rock Band), and Beginnings (A Celebration of the Music of Chicago), with other acts performing as well. There will also be karaoke at the Garden Stage each day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there will be pig races. Tickets are sold at the gates. More information can be found here.
Annapolis 4th of July Weekend Celebration
Where: Various locations in Annapolis
When: July 2 – 4
The City of Annapolis welcomes residents and visitors for three days of citywide events to celebrate the holiday. Friday events include a Family Picnic Night at Maryland Hall, live music at Parole Stage, and tango dancing on Upper Main Street. Saturday events include Big Bands and Family Fun on Main Street, the Inner West Street Block Party, and live music and salsa dancing at City Dock. Sunday events include choir performances at People’s Park, the First Sunday Arts Festival, and the West Annapolis and Eastport parades. See the full schedule and more event details here.
Catonsville 75th Anniversary Festivities
Where: Various locations in Catonsville
When: Saturday July 3, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Catonsville’s festivities will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the 4th annual CRTT Bike Ride from Atwater’s Bakery to Fort McHenry (wear something red, white and blue!). At 9:30 a.m. there will be kid’s games (2-13 years old) at Catonsville High School Athletic Fields. Activities will include a decorated bike content, lollipop scramble, quarter hunt, sack races, water balloon toss, and more. There will be prizes for the winners. All kids who decorate bikes are encouraged to ride in the parade (which will begin at 3 p.m.) Then at 11 a.m., the Christian Temple on Edmondson Avenue will host a free community concert featuring a variety of American music. More information can be found here.
Havre de Grace Spirit of America Festival
Where: Downtown Havre de Grace
When: Saturday July 3, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Spirit of America Festival has a full schedule of fun including derby races, a bike parade, apple pie bake-off, food trucks, vendors, raffles, entertainment, skateboarding demos, outdoor movies, KidZone activities, a Johnny Cash tribute, a patriotic pooch pageant, the Havre de Grace Hon Contest, Poodle Skirt Pageant, classic cars, giveaways, and more. For more information including a complete schedule of events visit their Facebook page here.
Bel Air 4th of July Celebrations
Where: Various locations in Bel Air
When: Sunday July 4, starting at 6:45 a.m.
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee will be hosting a number of events throughout the day, starting with a flag raising ceremony in front of Bel Air High School at 6:45 a.m. featuring Disabled American Veterans. Other flag raising ceremonies will take place at 8 a.m. in Rockfield Park, 8:45 a.m. in Shamrock Park, and 10:45 a.m. in Hickory Lot. Following each respective flag raising ceremony will be horseshoe pitching in Rockfield Park, family contests including a water balloon toss and watermelon eating in Shamrock Park, and a bicycle registration and rodeo in Hickory Parking Lot. More information can be found here.